Decided to give up the charcoal ghost and go propane. Just bought a new lp
gas grill and cart. Where's the best place to pick up a tank...and do most
refill their own or go to one of these swap your tank bins at 7/Eleven or
Circle K type stores ?
BBQ specialty stores
Let's spin the wheel of fortune and see if we can price shop all of them,
just for you, without having any idea where you live, or what steps you've
taken to research this locally.
I refill my own. Most of the supermarkets where I live have locked bins
outside of their stores where you can exchange. I don't know how much it
costs to exchange an empty one for a full one, but they're easy to have
I doubt any propane dealer would allow customers to do their own filling.
the liability.the hazards.....YIKES!
(all you need is ONE clown who doesn't turn the source valve off all the
way,or smokes around the site...)
On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:30:56 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
I used to have that done at a winnebago lot, and repair place. I
didn't want to lose my matching CharmGlo tank. They even refilled it
twice after the date said NO. I even painted the thing so they
wouldn't notice how old it was. But they weren't fooled, and I ended
up going to the supermarket or HD and it is about 15 or 17 dollars for
Around here the cheapest thing to do is find one someone has put out for the
trash because it is an old style that can't be refilled. Take that to HD or
Lowes and they will give you a new one for a couple dollars. Then BJ's is
half the price for a fillup as anywhere else.
I have about 5 or 6 tanks running 2 grills and a refrigerator. Now I only
pick up the ones in the street if they are full, which they often are.
Might not be the same where you are.
I saw some tanks at a junkyard, one which has a lot of autos, but a
lot of non-auto stuff too.
He asked me why I was buying one, and I told him the truth. He smiled
and sold it to me for whatever he said before, 5 dollars?
It was almost 5 pm and I went straight to the HD, and who do I see
when I'm coming out of the store. The same guy going in.
I have never seen a tank on the street, and I always look at the
trash. I will keep my eyes open though. What kind of n'hood has
tanks in the trash?
Apartment projects on the weekend closest to end of month. Abandoned grills
with tanks are routinely left next to the dumpsters by people moving out.
(usually in crappy condition from sitting out in weather on apartment
balcony, and they don't wanna risk spilling messy rocks in U-haul truck, or
truck rental guy told them they couldn't haul tanks in his truck.)
Makes sense. Good to know. I'll keep my eyes open..
My mover suprised me after I had packed all the boxes and he had
loaded half of them by telling me he couldn't carry aerosol cans
either. I'm positive he didnt' say anytyhing before that day. I had
no idea in which boxes the cans were so I lied. It was May. Nothing
exploded, I'm happy to say.
Cheapest way is to take it to where they have a big PROPANE tank, and sell
it by the gallon. Lots of gas stations have these.
Next, and more expensive are places where you exchange the tank.
All depends on convenience. I have eight, and (for me) it's worth it to run
to the gas station where they sell it cheapest.
I have picked up several tanks out of the trash over the years, and
bought one that looked brand new at a garage sale for $1.00. All were
empty though. I refill them off my house tank, though they only get
about 1/2 full before the pressure equalizes. (The house tank has a
valve on it with a dip tube for liquid.) Besides the places like HD,
Lowes and some hardware stores that have the exchange system, and
regular propane dealers that refill tanks, around here some UHaul stores
refill the small tanks also. Larry
Tank has to be recertified every 10 years here. And should never be
overfilled. You don't have such a law where you live? No one will refill
the expired tank. Date code is stamped on the tank valve guard. I hope
you are not compromising your safety issue.
Advantage of getting them filled yourself is cost.
Advntage of exchanging is you always have a tank. Tanks expire and need
replacing or inspection. Personally I think I save more getting it filled
for 10 years which will pay for a new one when the time comes.
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