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Old 05-19-2018, 05:50 AM   #21
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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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10.00$ Tuesdays for 20s and 15.00$ Thursdays for 30s at our LP Dealer! Our tanks are empty when we arrive,they place them on a platform scale and fill them to the Total Weight of Tank and Propane as Written on tanks by Me! Youroo!!
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:45 AM   #23
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it's interesting all the mention of filling propane tanks using a scale., I have never once (nada, zippo) had a scale used when refilling a propane tank. they open the bleed valve and fill until the bleed valve starts to spurt. this seems to work as it puts just a bit over 7 gallons into a 30 lb tank, which is 30 lbs. the meter they use is gallons as it the price. I don't think they even know or care about weight.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:31 AM   #24
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10.00$ Tuesdays for 20s and 15.00$ Thursdays for 30s at our LP Dealer! Our tanks are empty when we arrive,they place them on a platform scale and fill them to the Total Weight of Tank and Propane as Written on tanks by Me! Youroo!!
NICE! You are lucky!!
Unfortunately my nearest LP dealer isn't interested in "small tanks". They often want me to leave them to pick up later because all the drivers are out and no one at the office can fill them. Tried that once and they were still waiting to be filled the next day!!

Other LP dealer is opposite direction and only has "someone on the dock" early in the morning. They also charge a flat rate, no deals for partial fills....

That's why I support my local hardware store!! My options are limited otherwise and I live in a pretty big metro area!
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I always go to flying J to refill my tanks, you only pay for what they put in, I even take tanks that my be only half empty to fill , last week I filled 3 tanks at a cost of $38.00
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We get ours filled at an Amish place near here. They put them on a scale and if they hit the max weight for the tank with propane in it they shut off the fill. The OPD valves are designed to stop the flow when the tank is full but he said they have had times when the valve did not activate properly and they overfilled a tank making a dangerous situation. I kind of like the idea of the extra safety step they take, and they have the best price around at $12 for 20 pound tank.
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