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Old 05-17-2018, 08:24 PM   #1
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20 pound propane tank exchange for $12.99!

If you are in Pa, eastern OH, or the vicinity that has Giant Eagle grocery stores, they are having a pre Memorial Day special on 20 pound propane tanks. Exchange one normally is $19.99. $4 off right away and a $3 mail in rebate.
I'm swapping one out tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:28 PM   #2
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read the small print you are still getting hosed. The tanks aren't full youre getting about 15 pounds of propane. that's why they can afford to fill and deliver them around.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:23 PM   #3
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See Propane Cylinders (Refilling vs Exchanging)

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read the small print you are still getting hosed. The tanks aren't full youre getting about 15 pounds of propane. that's why they can afford to fill and deliver them around.


However, if you’ve got a tank close to or beyond the date where they can be refilled, this can be a good deal to get a “new” tank to work with. I don’t recall the drop-dead age for propane tanks, but I think it’s either 10 or 15 years old.
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However, if you’ve got a tank close to or beyond the date where they can be refilled, this can be a good deal to get a “new” tank to work with. I don’t recall the drop-dead age for propane tanks, but I think it’s either 10 or 15 years old.


Some places refuse the outdated tanks around us....the exchange companies will refuse to take the outdated tanks from the gas station or whomever happened to get one - then the station owner is stuck with it themselves
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Some places refuse the outdated tanks around us....the exchange companies will refuse to take the outdated tanks from the gas station or whomever happened to get one - then the station owner is stuck with it themselves
Big box stores don't check. In fact they are often self service. Home Debit for one.

I donno what I'll do when my grill tank expires... I'll most likely do the right thing and buy a new one from my local hardware store. I think they had a sign where I could get a new tank- filled for about $40.
Yeah, I could save some bucks by exchanging it at a big store but that little hardware store has stuff you just can't find any-where else. He's got a wall of gaskets and O-rings and specialty nuts and bolts nobody else has. I like to support those guys because once they're gone- they're gone for good and we (DIY guys and gals) are worse off for it....

AND like they said- exchange tanks are 3/4 full. My hardware store fills them until the safety valve cuts off. AND I have 30s on my TT so I gotta get them filled and need that guy to be there for me!!
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A store near us is doing the same deal but without a mail in rebate, this past weekend I filled 3 of my bottles, 1-40lb and 2-20lb for $40 total all 3 were empty and the Amish hardware store only charges for what they pump.
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80 Lbs of LP for $40

That's a heck of a deal!!
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80 Lbs of LP for $40

That's a heck of a deal!!
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:33 AM   #10
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If you are in Pa, eastern OH, or the vicinity that has Giant Eagle grocery stores, they are having a pre Memorial Day special on 20 pound propane tanks. Exchange one normally is $19.99. $4 off right away and a $3 mail in rebate.
I'm swapping one out tomorrow.
$13 for an exchange cylinder is a good deal.

However as explained in the link that Flybob provided, exchange cylinders usually only have around 15 pounds of propane instead of the 20 pounds you would get if you had it refilled. So if this is the case, you are paying $13 for 15 pounds of propane by exchanging it. You may want to check the signage on the exchange cage to see how much propane is in the cylinder to be sure.

I glanced at your profile and see there is a Tractor Supply in your town. Their website says this store also refills propane cylinders at $2.99 per gallon. A true empty cylinder will normally hold around 4.6 to 4.7 gallons of propane (which is 20 pounds)

Doing some calculations, that equates between $13.75 to $14.05 for a fully filled 20 pound cylinder. So for .75 to 1.05 more, you would get an extra 5 pounds of propane vs exchanging.

This is also assuming the cylinder you are going to exchange is completely empty too. If there was propane left in it, then if you let tractor supply refill it, they only charge you for the amount of propane they put in...so your refill costs could even be less.

Since you are going to have to take the cylinder to be exchanged, it's really not much more labor to just drop by tractor supply and let them refill it instead, You will be getting more propane for your money.

EDIT: I checked this grocery chain and they are using Blue Rhino exchange cylinders:

https://www.bluerhino.com/gianteagle

Blue Rhino states they only put 15 pounds in:

https://www.bluerhino.com/propane-in...ino-tanks-faqs

How much propane does Blue Rhino put in its tanks?

Today the propane exchange industry commonly fills tanks with 15 lbs of propane. At Blue Rhino, we also fill our tanks to 15 pounds, which helps us manage product costs and achieve production efficiencies. We clearly mark this amount on our sleeves and display signs.
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