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Old 08-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
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You can have your tanks inspected and re certified. Cost me $90 bucks for 2 thirty pound tanks, and that included having a valve replaced on one. Good for 10 years. Go to a local gas supply dealer that deals in welding and hospital gas.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:05 PM   #16
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Metered. The company that we buy gas from fills my 20 & 30 lb. tanks if I leave the small tanks next to the big tank, and just add it our monthly bill.

For those who exchange Blue Rhino 20 lb. tanks at the big box stores and Wal-Mart should be aware they only fill them to 15 lb. It's in the fine print on the cage.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:11 PM   #17
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Most of the propane dealers I have used in my local area charge a flat fee. The only exception that I know of is the Tractor Supply Company store in Lapeer County, Michigan, they charge on;y for what they put in the tank. Their price is low enough that when they fill a completely empty 30 pound tank you save slightly over a dollar as compared to the flat fee. I do not know if other TSC stores fill propane tanks or if they have the same policy nationally.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:20 AM   #18
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The convenience store where I usually buy propane charges by the gallon, with a $10 minimum. I guess they figure the $10 minimum charge pumps enough propane that the profit at least covers their overhead to provide this service.

I usually fill up one tank per year, which covers about 6-8 weeks of camping (and the other tank is still full). However, it's warm enough here that only one or two weeks of that includes heavy use of the furnace and hot water heater.

Info for newby's: The empty weight of a propane tank is stamped into the metal on a tank. Add this to the maximum capacity of your propane tank (in pounds), and you can tell approximately what it should weigh when full. Then, weigh your tanks individually on a bathroom scale (or whatever scale you have handy) to determine how full they are. That way, you can tell if it's worth the minimum or flat rate charged to fill or top them off. In most cases, it'll pay to wait until the tank is down to about 1/4 capacity or less to fill it up. However, you may need to keep the tanks fairly full if you camp at high altitude or in very cold weather, or both; because the pressure drops fast under those conditions, and the furnace and hot water heater may not light reliably as propane levels drop with usage.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:38 AM   #19
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You can have your tanks inspected and re certified. Cost me $90 bucks for 2 thirty pound tanks, and that included having a valve replaced on one. Good for 10 years. Go to a local gas supply dealer that deals in welding and hospital gas.
Cost me $250 here, but that included replacing both valves and hoses, and they filled up both tanks. It was still way cheaper than replacing the tanks with new aluminum ones. But that was at an RV place, so in 10 years, I'll do what you did and go to an industrial gas place.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:18 AM   #20
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I purchased a $10 luggage scale and it lets me know how full my partially used is. I used a Sharpie marker to write the empty weight and full weight right on the tank. All I do is loosen the hold-down and lift the tank. Accuracy is close enough for my needs.

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How do they charge for propane in your neighborhood?
I refill my propane tanks at my local U-Haul. They charge by the amount they put in the tank. I filled my 2 brand new 30# Worthington aluminum tanks this past weekend for $57.83 (including tax) for 16.3 gallons (both tanks).
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:04 PM   #22
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BTW, will I also have to replace the permanently installed 90# tank on my MH once it's >12 years old?
No. As I understand it, for some unknown reason, there is an exception in the law for these tanks.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:20 PM   #23
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No. As I understand it, for some unknown reason, there is an exception in the law for these tanks.
Horizontal, fixed-mount tanks (on, for example, motorhomes) are manufactured to a different certification standard than are the smaller portable, vertical tanks. (Which doesn't mean that a filler can't refuse to fill a motorhome tank -- or any tank -- if it's in poor condition.)


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Horizontal, fixed-mount tanks (on, for example, motorhomes) are manufactured to a different certification standard than are the smaller portable, vertical tanks. (Which doesn't mean that a filler can't refuse to fill a motorhome tank -- or any tank -- if it's in poor condition.)


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Thanks. I've always wondered about that.

Also, I get my tanks filled at a local gas station. Reasonably priced, by the gallon.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:56 PM   #25
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I bought a fill hose on ebay and had my propane guy install the correct valve on my 500 gallon house tank. I fill my own now for under $2.00 a gallon.
Thanks to the EPA, the local propane dealers will no longer install "wet feeds" on large tanks. I had a wet feed on a 500 gallon home tank and it was most convenient.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:27 PM   #26
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Refilled today in Central Virginia for $3.50 per gallon. The local farm bureau's petroleum branch did a FREE re certification on my tanks which are the originals on my 73 Tradewind.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:36 PM   #27
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By the gallon?

We were in a KOA in Michigan and needed propane....they couldn't tell us how much they were charging by the gallon.....they wanted to sell it by the tank....well, one tank was empty but the other one just needed to be topped off.
He was reading off a chart he had for different tank sizes.
He told us that is how they sell it in Michigan....however, we went to a truck stop.....still in Michigan and got the empty one filled by the gallon....maybe the KOA guy didn't have a meter.

Truck stops seem to be able to sell by the gallon....p
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All of the propane regulations that I'm aware of are state-based rather than federal (e.g., EPA). That said, most regulations in states are based on guidelines put forth by the National Fire Prevention Assn.

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Thanks to the EPA, the local propane dealers will no longer install "wet feeds" on large tanks. I had a wet feed on a 500 gallon home tank and it was most convenient.
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