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Nephalist
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Username: Nephi

Post Number: 82
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 162.116.29.69
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 06:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I haven't bought propane for 6 months or so. It was $4.26 at the local U-haul. Used to be less than $3.50. I guess it fluctuates with the gasoline prices. What are you all paying?
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3202
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 74.7.7.66
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

$4.26 ????

For how many lbs? Around here it's gone from about $10/20 lb to almost $20. It's even more if you do the Blue Rhino swap.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 242
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 12.165.82.136
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 06:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think my blue rhino swap is $20 at the local Big K.
 

Nephalist
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Username: Nephi

Post Number: 83
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 162.116.29.69
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oops. Forgot my units. It was $4.26/gallon.

Edit: I should add the density of propane is 4.2 lb/gallon so I paid $1/lb. If you're curious.

(Message edited by Nephi on May 15, 2008)

(Message edited by Nephi on May 15, 2008)
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 6771
Registered: 01-2001
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 07:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

$2.69/gal. here
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1108
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 71.194.189.126
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 10:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Its $18-20 for a 20# swap here in the Chitown burbs.
 

Pete Mazurowski
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Username: Pete_maz

Post Number: 347
Registered: 07-2003
Posted From: 12.173.222.115
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 04:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

$17-18 for a 20# refill here in South Carolina.
 

Marc Rehfuss
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Username: Marc_rehfuss

Post Number: 70
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 199.133.215.247
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 08:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Damn. I'm about to pay $25 for an exchange at a local mom and pop hardware store.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 1660
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.46.245
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 04:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had 3 20# tanks filled today at $18 + tax each, for a total of $57.24. I do the exchange thing when I'm in a big hurry, but that's more like $23 and they only put 17# in the tank.
 

Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 8876
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 10:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I pay $16 (the Canadian and US dollars are almost exactly at par right now) for a refill while I wait. As Paul says, be aware that some places give you less than 20 lb. And as Vance suggests, the Blue Rhino exchange (at Home Depot and some other locations) is something of a rip-off, both in price and because their valve is proprietary and cannot be filled or exchanged at most other locations.
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1110
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 71.194.189.126
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 01:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have used Blue Rhino in the past and agree that its way expensive. I think lately around here filling and exchanging are almost the same price. The local HD and Walmart both do Amerigas exchanges. The local True Value hardware does refills for a buck or so less than what exchanges are going for.

One time when I swapped out a tank at Walmart, I thought that I was getting a good deal. They were $2 cheaper than anyplace else, but then I saw that they only do a 17# fill. I seem to recall something I may have read somewhere that the OPD valves had something to do with the lower fill?
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 1661
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Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OPD valves? Nah. It's just a ripoff. FWIW, I take my Blue Rhino tanks to the local gas station and they put 20# in them. No complaints about proprietary valves or anything.
 

Rob Farrell
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Username: Robf

Post Number: 495
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.241.158.33
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 05:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

20-lb refills at the gas stations have gone from $15 to $19 over the last couple of years here in the MD burbs of DC.
 

Jeff Preston
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Username: Jeffpreston

Post Number: 321
Registered: 02-2004
Posted From: 206.45.150.77
Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 02:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Up here in Winnipeg there seems to be a price war between Costco and Canadian Tire for propane. I filled up 3 20# tanks at CT for 12 bucks each. Normal gas station price is $18 to $20 a fill.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 246
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 67.167.4.225
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 01:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How is Blue Rhino a ripoff if it costs $20? That is what most people are quoting for their refill price.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1591
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.240.195.113
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 02:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"How is Blue Rhino a ripoff if it costs $20? That is what most people are quoting for their refill price."

When I take my tanks to the local H/W store for a refill, I get a full 20 lbs. And if I take in a tank that's 1/2 full for a top up, they only charge me for 1/2 a tank. If a tank still is 1/4 full (5 lbs left), they'll only charge me for 3/4 tanks (for the 15 lbs they actually add)

Blue Rhino only puts 17 lbs in their tanks.

I swapped out a really old tank the other year at Wal-Mart, and got a newer tank with the OPD valve. No extra charge for turning in an old tank, and the new Amerigas tank I got did indeed come with 20 lbs. My local H/W store has no problem filling the Amerigas tank.

It's been a while since I had my tanks filled (February), but the H/W store charged $14 for 20 lbs.

Update: I called the local H/W store and they're now charging $17.99 for a 20# fill. It was $15.99 (not $14) last time. I found my receipt.

(Message edited by pedwards on May 19, 2008)
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2770
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 04:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Home depot swap is 18 clams for 20#, and blue rhino is 25 clams for 17#... I have a lot of tanks, so I always run 'em till empty!
 

Nephalist
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Username: Nephi

Post Number: 84
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 162.116.29.69
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought into the blue rhino scheme years ago when I bought my burner. I still have my original propane tank since I take it to the Uhaul for refill. I thought I saw a thread years ago talking about a new Blue Rhino valve that won't (can't?) be refilled by other vendors. Assuming that my tank predates the use of this valve, what do I do with my tank? Is it blue rhino property? They have an expiration date just like CO2 tanks, right?
 

tim roth
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Username: Hopdude

Post Number: 653
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 12.206.8.165
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 09:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

$15.95 for a fill up at the local True Value hardware store. cheers,tim
 

Dave Witt
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Username: Davew

Post Number: 1113
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 71.194.189.126
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>They have an expiration date just like CO2 tanks, right?

IIRC, they need to be tested every 10 yrs or taken out of service. CO2 is every 5 yrs.
 

Sand
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Username: Sand

Post Number: 388
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 03:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I pay nothing.... The nice people that bring in half full tanks to exchange give me free propane. We don't fill, so if I find a tank with propane I pull it from the rack.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

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Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 05:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brilliant!
 

Mike Huss
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Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 1905
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 69.21.247.113
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 01:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tonight we wanted to grill out and the tank on the grill was about empty, so in desperation I had to swap at the gas station. $21!! Amazing how much they still charge for LP around here even though it's not heating season anymore.
 

Chris Storey
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Username: Stuts

Post Number: 61
Registered: 07-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

$13.00 here in Peterborough, Ont. at Home Hardware.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 02:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I paid $105 for five tanks filled at a local hardware store, but they have a propane club. Buy five and get the sixth one filled free, so I filled six for the $105. I little better, but I still have four or five empties
 

Mike Huss
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Username: Mikhu

Post Number: 1906
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 04:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Connie! That makes me feel a little better knowing I wasn't the only one paying $21 for a tank (I'm not counting your sixth tank just to make me feel better ;) )

I just called the place where I go to have them filled (vs swap). They are at $0.83/lb, so about $16.50 for a 20# tank, depending on how full they go I guess.