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Old 05-24-2018, 03:51 AM   #1
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Lower cost propane

With one of my tanks getting low, I was looking for a place to refill well in advance, and happened to need one for the BBQ grill. Normally I do the exchange, which cost $19.95-22 locally. With the TT having 7 gallon tanks, that won’t work, so I stopped by the nearby 76 gas station which sells LP. It was over $5/gallon so I passed. Then while going to Costco I saw a sign that said “LP refills here” at a welding supply, so brought in the tank and found their price was just $2.75. Filled it for $14 and change. Now I know where to go when the 7 gallon runs out.
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Old 05-24-2018, 04:23 AM   #2
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Yeah - $5 is just crazy. We do the exchange thing for the 5 gal grill tank. More expensive, but, convenient and we always have a recently certified tank.
We always try to fill the 7gal camper tanks at the local propane distributor - usually pay under $3 a gallon.

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Old 05-24-2018, 04:48 AM   #3
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We visited family in North Carolina in March. Although unintentional, we were camping in snow, sleet and ice for one week! I became an expert on exchanging tanks for the furnace. For a quick turnaround, we discovered that Walmart/Walmart Market exchanges for $15. Propane is rarely a good deal, but using one tank every 1.5 days made exchanges a necessity. BTW, we have just returned this week from the same location, and the weather was awesome - only propane used was for BBQ!
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:42 AM   #4
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The only trouble with a rhino tank exchange is you only get 15lbs of propane you can take that same tank to a regular propane place and they put 20 lbs for about the same price as rhino exchange
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:46 AM   #5
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Most Tractor Supply locations also sell propane and are usually on the extreme low end of local sales prices. Here, TS sells propane for $2.35/gal. That's less than $10 for a 5 gallon tank (actually with the 20% valve, it's 4.2 gal). Also, Amerigas and the local propane distributors fill small propane containers at their "main location". They are usually competitive with TS pricing.

There is no need to pay "outrageous" prices unless you get caught with empty tanks in a remote area on a Sunday night ("emergency situations")

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Old 05-24-2018, 06:15 AM   #6
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Last winter in Bullhead City AZ ( not a large city). Filled up 30#ers twice. First time got stung at a gas station/propane refueler (Jeff's Propane) $28 ea. Second time after talking to some locals filled them at a plumbing/heating company (Mesa Pipe and Supply) $13 ea. It pays to ask and shop around. The draw with the first one was that MHs can get in and out with no problem but for portable tanks no need for a big lot dealer.

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Old 05-24-2018, 06:12 AM   #7
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Some U-Haul places carry propane a lot cheaper than $5 a gallon as well.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:36 AM   #8
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I just had a 30 lb. tank filled a month or so ago at a local propane dealer.....$2.39 gallon.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:52 AM   #9
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The guy that I've been using for years just went out of sight with $4.35/gallon. I checked at Tractor Supply a few days ago and it was about $2.75/gallon. Sorry, old friend but you gotta talk to your supplier as even one of the local guys where we spend much of the summer was a bunch less ($2.65) and in the boonies.

It never ceases to amaze me that propane is so expensive as it is really a waste product from the crude oil distillation process with much of it being flared off with the other waste gasses at every refinery
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:45 PM   #10
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I just had two 20 lb. tanks filled at our local tire shop - $50. I started a farm tractor salvage yard back in 1974. We used propane for cutting up scrap iron. We paid $2 for 20 lb. and $12 for 100 lb.. Oh well, my pay wasn't very high for a couple of years either!
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