That blows my theory, then. I thought it was NY law that the company
had to own the tank. I'm a couple hours north of you, near
Schenectady. I've had 3 suppliers in the last 25 years and none
would sell me a tank.
All have been real good about running new supply lines to any
appliances I put in. [and only charge for the material- and less than
I could get it at the borg]
Propane dealers are the sleaziest bunch ever. The won't touch a tank that
is not theirs. I've not kept up, but some states have changed the laws to
make it better for the consumer to shop around.
I've seen 100 gallon tanks for sale. I've also seen people taking them to
be filled to save money. I'd have considered it in the past, but I'm not
about to start hauling around the tanks and setting them up when full. Yes,
I pay a high price for the privilege of having them deliver once a year.
Ed, it is different for every planet. Here where I live, I can take any
tank into a supplier, and so long as it is within test dates, and does not
have any damage or deterioration that disqualifies it from service, they
will fill it.
You must ask in your own location, Grasshoppah. Some states may have
statutes that eliminate private ownership. Liability is a big issue, even
if you have everything right, and have the tank inspected, yada yada. I can
buy one in my state, Utah, but I would have to live a very long time for it
to be a deal. Plus, as the nice propane lady told me, if I have any problem
with the tank, they just bring me another one, no charge, no repair. I
don't believe that would be the case with a privately owned tank.
If your issue is finding the cheapest propane, and the costs vary enough to
make it mathematically justifiable, they by all means, shop around. First,
though, ask the basic questions where YOU live, as some of the answers here
will be worth the paper they are written on, as they won't be valid where
Some suppliers, particularly of propane have been known to have wildly
fluctuating prices, taking advantage of some people they have captive by a
yep. i own my own 500g tank and shop around when i need my yearly fill.
there are 5 large propane suppliers who deliver to my area, and their
prices can vary by $1/gallon between high and low. they all require an
inspection before the first delivery.
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