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mobiledynamics

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Propane Tank
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:37:19 AM »
OT Noob Question. I have ZERO experience with propane.
BJ's has what looks like ~new~ empty tanks for $20.
Should I head this route and get it filled myself ?

My understanding of tanks at Home Depot, etc - is they are are all recycled cans that are checked and then painted back ?

I'll be connecting it to a Otto Wilde

varekai

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 01:50:52 PM »
I would go the Home depot exchange route, they may be recycled and painted but after your second fill, your new one would be "recycled" and slowly losing luster. find a free one on craigslist, and use it as your "exchange" tank....
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hawgheaven

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 06:47:41 AM »
I would go the Home depot exchange route, they may be recycled and painted but after your second fill, your new one would be "recycled" and slowly losing luster. find a free one on craigslist, and use it as your "exchange" tank....

Gotta be careful with that. Outdated tanks will not be refilled. Don't ask me how I know... Go buy a new one, filled, and use that. Best advice, a few bux more, butt well worth it in the end.
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varekai

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 01:11:42 PM »
I would go the Home depot exchange route, they may be recycled and painted but after your second fill, your new one would be "recycled" and slowly losing luster. find a free one on craigslist, and use it as your "exchange" tank....

Gotta be careful with that. Outdated tanks will not be refilled. Don't ask me how I know... Go buy a new one, filled, and use that. Best advice, a few bux more, butt well worth it in the end.

Here where I live it don't matter what tank you take in, its an exchange, not a refill...  most dont check, or care.
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Big Dawg

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 01:35:25 PM »
I would go the Home depot exchange route, they may be recycled and painted but after your second fill, your new one would be "recycled" and slowly losing luster. find a free one on craigslist, and use it as your "exchange" tank....

Agree.  They exchange them at supermarkets and convenience stores here.  I guarantee no one checks the ones that are being turned in ! ! !

If you were going to keep getting your own tank refilled, then I would be more concerned that it was a quality unit.





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Cellar2ful

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2019, 01:43:16 PM »
Here's something to consider in making your decision:

- Home Depot or places that exchange empty for filled tanks charge $23 for the exchange.

- These 20 lb tanks that are sold at exchange locations are filled with 4 gallons of propane (apparently for safety reasons) A lot of times your getting less than 4 gallons of propane.

- If you take your own tank to a refill station, it will be filled to anywhere between 4.5 to 4.7 gallons of propane.

- I pay $2.99 per gallon of propane when filling my own tank at a refill location ( $13.50 per refill)

- You will be paying an extra $9.50 each time you exchange your tank, plus you will only be getting a maximum of 4 gallons of propane if your lucky.

- Most folks don't wait till their propane tank is empty to exchange it so you will also be giving away propane each time you exchange your tank.

-If you do a lot of grilling, it's a good idea to have 2 propane tanks.  A full one as a back up as they will always tend to run out at the most inconvenient time.

- Propane tanks have an expiration date of 12 years after the manufacture date stamped on the collar.  After those 12 years, it can be exchanged or inspected for re-qualification for another 5 years.

Whenever my propane tanks get close to the 12 year mark, I go to Home Depot and exchange it.  I go through the tanks until I find one that has a brand new manufacture date.  The employees who unlock the cage usually don't care as long as you explain to them the reason why your looking at several tanks.   
« Last Edit: March 07, 2019, 01:48:45 PM by Cellar2ful »
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JEBIV

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2019, 03:37:42 AM »
Here's something to consider in making your decision:

- Home Depot or places that exchange empty for filled tanks charge $23 for the exchange.

- These 20 lb tanks that are sold at exchange locations are filled with 4 gallons of propane (apparently for safety reasons) A lot of times your getting less than 4 gallons of propane.

- If you take your own tank to a refill station, it will be filled to anywhere between 4.5 to 4.7 gallons of propane.

- I pay $2.99 per gallon of propane when filling my own tank at a refill location ( $13.50 per refill)

- You will be paying an extra $9.50 each time you exchange your tank, plus you will only be getting a maximum of 4 gallons of propane if your lucky.

- Most folks don't wait till their propane tank is empty to exchange it so you will also be giving away propane each time you exchange your tank.

-If you do a lot of grilling, it's a good idea to have 2 propane tanks.  A full one as a back up as they will always tend to run out at the most inconvenient time.

- Propane tanks have an expiration date of 12 years after the manufacture date stamped on the collar.  After those 12 years, it can be exchanged or inspected for re-qualification for another 5 years.

Whenever my propane tanks get close to the 12 year mark, I go to Home Depot and exchange it.  I go through the tanks until I find one that has a brand new manufacture date.  The employees who unlock the cage usually don't care as long as you explain to them the reason why your looking at several tanks.
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Cellar2ful

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2019, 07:59:11 AM »

@JEBIV - Probably more like Cliff Clavin from the TV show Cheers.

"You know Normy, it's a little known fact that..............................................."




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« Last Edit: March 08, 2019, 08:04:05 AM by Cellar2ful »
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JEBIV

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Re: Propane Tank
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2019, 08:00:37 AM »


@JEBIV - Probably more like Cliff Clavin from the TV show Cheers.

"You know Normy, it's a little known fact that..............................................."


*Disclaimer - I don't live with my Mother though

LOL either way it still ages us both
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