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Old 02-29-2016, 03:11 PM   #15
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My propane dealer will re certify my tanks free, as necessary, as long as I buy the propane to fill them there. He does get PO'ed, he says, when someone wants him to re certify a tank, then not fill it because propane is 30 cents a gal less at another place a few miles away. I don't blame him!
Penny wise, pound foolish... the drive and time to recertify one place and fill another is worth at least $20 to me, to say nothing of the $4.50 difference in 2 FULL 30-lb bottles. Then again, I'd burn propane when it's cold rather than listen to a droning heat pump using the "free" electricity.
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Old 03-05-2016, 01:05 AM   #16
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Costco has dramatically lower prices than anyone else here. I can't remember the actual numbers, but I haven't found anyone that comes even close. This is in both Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario.

If you are filling aluminum tanks though, make sure they check the data for your tank; the 'tare weight' is different, IIRC.

We had to get the tanks recertified when we bought the trailer, and I can remember that it needed list of calling around to find a dealer able to do it and licensed.
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Whatever you end up doing, DO NOT use the exchange cylinder places. I just had to remove one of those gems from an almost-new Airstream, and replace it. The reason?
It was made in 1983.
Yes. 1983.
And it looked it.
And it had just come from an exchange place, and only had 13 pounds of LP in it.

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I understand that the exchange cylinders are only filled to about 4 gal (16#), not the 5 gal (20#) that they are safely and legally allowed to hold. I don't know what justification they use for that, but apparently it is common.
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I understand that the exchange cylinders are only filled to about 4 gal (16#), not the 5 gal (20#) that they are safely and legally allowed to hold. I don't know what justification they use for that, but apparently it is common.
My assumption has always been that they do it to maintain their profit margin. When the propane price is a bit higher, they put a bit less propane in so they can net the same per cylinder at the set price. The amount is always less than a max fill because, well, they're not in the business of providing a good deal, they're selling convenience.
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