I picked up old tanks with obsolete valves from garbage etc, turned
then in at home depot as exchanges for the new valve type, take those
tanks to local gas station for cheap refills, and when the tanks look
bad, and begin to rust exchange them at home depot.for nicely refresed
tanks. That way the tanks cost me ZIP, and the refills are usually
I have about 8 tanks so I never run out, keep them in shed with door
always ajar for safety........
Cheapest refills are local gas station with BIG tank, cheapest
exchange home depot, pricest exchange the local convenience store,
guess thats to be expected.
one advantage to exchanging tanks is they DONT smell like propane.
cost perhaps 5 bucks more
What a silly question. Here, the biggest c-store chain is owned by a
supermarket, so their milk is as cheap as at the parent company's
supermarkets. Two hours away, the convenience stores are NOT like that, so
the milk's more expensive. There's no way for anyone in this newsgroup to
know what the situation is where you live.
Solution: Save the receipt from your next trip to the big supermarket.
It's more convenient to exchange tanks if you don't live near a propane
yard. It may be a lot faster too.
Where I live in/ /in NY, there is a company called "Rhino" that has
propane tank exchanges outside of almost all stores in the suburbs. I've
seen them in front of supermarkets, convenience stores, beer stores, gas
stations, the big box stores, one or more stores in strip malls, and
just about in front of every other place except maybe clothing stores,
but that may change soon.
I don't know how big an area Rhino serves.
I used to take my tank to the local construction equipment rental
place for refill, but when we replaced our grill /sans/ tank, I opted
to go the swap-it-at-the-store route for convenience's sake. It was
cheaper at the outset than buying a cylinder to have filled.
What makes it really convenient at this point is that places like Home
Depot are doing the do-it-yourself swap-out where you use a computer
terminal to make your swap and the appropriate cage door opens for you
to take out a fresh cylinder and put in the empty - 24 hours a day. So
when I run out at 10:00 at night in the middle of playing cards, I can
get a fresh tank without having to deal with the surly gas station
attendant down the street.
Around here (Phoenix AZ area) they apparently are not allowed to
dispense propane after sundown. At least, that is what I was told a
couple of years ago when I was trying to get a tank refilled that ran
out in the middle of a grilling session. I have no idea why not. Or
maybe the guy at the gas station was just feeling lazy that night.
Probably an insurance company or oil company anti-robbery rule- no walking
out the door after dark. Was the clerk behind plastic? He isn't gonna give
you the key to the tank cage, and you aren't allowed to take the 'empty'
tank inside for him to inspect.
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