Just bought house with 1,000 gallon propane tank (is this normal?)

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On 12/17/2015 09:50 PM, Clément wrote:

I'm in a rural area but typically the truck is out my way once a week. I just ask them to fill it when they're in the area and they don't charge for the on-call. If I ran out completely or something and got them out for a special trip, then they'd hit me for the call charge. I've only got a 100 gallon tank so it's not like i'm going to suck the truck dry.
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My parents had a 500 gallon for the farmhouse. The coop had a deal for people to contract ahead for a cheaper price. I think it included a keep full provision without trip charges. The irrigation wells here on propane usually have at least one 1000 gallon tank, sometimes two. There was a time when the coops would use the propane trailers to haul anhydrous ammonia in season and vice versa. I don't know if they still do that.
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On 12/18/2015 05:07 PM, Dean Hoffman wrote:

I buy for the winter in August. The way the market is going this year, I may lose on the deal. However the year propane went through the roof, I made out.
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On Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:50:52 +0000 (UTC), Clément

I'll have to think about that for a while.
I have oil and I have been lax about checkign out billing and competition, but early on I did somethingr a little bit like your story.
To get automatic delivery they wanted me to sign a contract. I'm sure I coudl cancel at any time, but I coudln't make up my mind about anything so I didn't read it or write back. They come automatically anyhow. They want the business.
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On Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:55:01 -0000 (UTC), "M. Stradbury"

Best not to fill it all the way then, but consult with your clergyman.

That's ridiculous. How could those straps cause earthquakes?

You could call another local company, as if you were a prospective customer. Don't lie, just say you want to know the charges. Some day you may move again so you can say you expect to move. I'd be really surpised if they made up the hazmat fee or changed more than they should, because for 20 dollars it's not worth losing a customer.
As to inspection, someone can always agree to get a service, and they will change what they charge. One should ask how much first. If they said, We're not going to fill your tank unless you let us inspect the system and the charge is $100, what would you do? I can see why they want to inspect. Even if they wouldn't be legally liable, they don't want to morally liable or to have anything remotely to do with an explosion, and who knows what condition the previous owners left it in. Even if you had a house inspection, they vary in quality and usually don't have propane specialists doing them.
I'm sure someone would have filled your tank no questions asked. If I can find someone who will say my car passed its safety inspecition even though he didn't inspect it or doesn't know how, there are people who would fill your tank. Plus others who aren't old enough or educated enough or mature enough to foresee what can go wrong, who wouldnt' think they were doing anything wrong. Who might not be doing anything wrong by many standards, because after it's your responsibility and you probably had a home inspection before you bought the house.
My buddy just had his house inspected so he could refinance the mortgage. She was thorough compared to the previous guy, took her 50 minutes, plus travel time, plus maybe another hour's work at home, (plus she loses time when some people cancel when she's already there or on the way and she's not going to sue etc.) but she charges $400. At least $100 an hour when she's working. She started off a a secretary in their office, then someone lost his driver's license and she had to drive him around, and she saw what he did and said, "Hey I could do that".
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