The way I understand it, those 20lb propane cylinders are made to
contain 20lbs of propane. That's just the weight of the propane, not the
tank itself. Is this correct?
I just noticed that the local dollar store has exchange tanks, and a
sign says "Net contents 15lbs". That would mean they are only 3/4
filled. I know some companies do this, which is really unfair, but they
know most people dont read the signs, and as long as it's posted, they
can get away with it.
The propane company is "Amerigas".
After reading that, I took my tank to a company that will refill them
with the actual capacity.
If it's 4lb/gal, that's less than 4 gal. (15 lbs). I had my bulk tank
filled about a month ago, and paid $0.96 per gallon. So, that's slightly
less than $4 worth of gas for $20. What a ripoff! That's over $5 a
I wish I could fill them myself off my bulk tank, but thats not possible
without some expensive equipment.
The company which fills my bulk tank also charges $20 to fill those
cylinders, but at least they put in the whole 20lbs.
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:49:21 PM UTC-4, Terry Coombs wrote:
I think the last time I went to BJ's it was 9-something to fill a 20 lb
tank with 17 lbs, the standard weight these days.
U-Haul charges per pound, and I think it might a little less than BJ's
but it's more of a hassle. U-Haul is always crowded, you have to go in,
wait, go out to the fill station, go back in and usually wait again to
The propane at BJ's is sold at the tire shop...never a line. I pull
right up to the propane station tank, go inside to pay, and then back
outside to get filled up. Since I have a spare tank and always run one
dry then swap 'em, I never pay extra for anything left in the tank.
Right now one tank is over 12 years old so I have to replace it. I can
swap it with at a Blue Rhino place, but their tanks are often just a
few years from retirement so they expire fairly soon. DAMHIKT
On 03/30/2016 04:05 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
"Blue Rhino" is the same.
They are "making things more affordable" -- keeping things at the price
people were accustomed to pay. Same with the 1.75qt or even 1.5qt packs
of ice cream that used to be half a gallon.
Have you compared prices? Like, dollars per pound?
The corner store here sells by the pound. The tank is
on a scale to calculate weight. They do tanks up to
100 pounds propane, the scale is set to 100 plus tare
minus the weight of the remaining propane still in the
For instance, the tare wt. is 75 lbs, on the scale the
weighs 90 lbs so there are still 15 pounds in it. The
is filled to 175 lbs on the scale but the customer is
for 85 lbs. I'd say a very honest business, eih? ;>)}
gets charged for 85 lbs of propane.
On 3/30/2016 4:05 PM, email@example.com wrote:
The tank itself is about 17 pounds. Yes, it can hold 20 pounds but with
OPD vales you don't want it full.
The way to get a fair price for a fill is to pay by the gallon. More
places are doing that so you don't get screwed if your tank is not empty.
If the tank is filled with 20# the OPD valve often blocks the flow,
especially if you open the valve quickly.
If you go to a place that just swaps your tank, be sure to take a jar of
KY or Vaseline with you so you feel less pain.
On 03/30/2016 03:05 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My tanks are marked "TW 16.6". The tank itself weighs 16.6 pounds.
My FIRST propane tank was Blue Rhino (15lb), and the second (about 5
years ago) was Amerigas (17lb at the time, they've changed to 15lb).
Since then, I've had them refilled (19-20lb for about the same price as 15).
I did, and then weighed the tank: 36.6 pounds (16.6 for the empty tank).
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