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Old 03-18-2019, 12:30 PM   #15
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Hot Deal - Propane - Tractor Supply

You don’t get to have enough money by spending lots of money.

My dad worked for the dude that invented the fork lift truck. He sold out to Caterpillar and was their biggest stockholder. He and his wife ate lunch as a casual meal at home. When they were done eating, the paper napkins they used for this meal, if not heavily soiled the napkins were folded up to use again.

It was a habit from the early days, when his wife cooked all their meals and they had very little money. Wonderful people, treated us like family. They had money, because they didn’t spend it frivolously.

My dad saw his boss write a check for $250,000 (back in the 70’s) to buy a new 70 foot yacht. The guy was well known, but looked like an “average joe”.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:01 PM   #16
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My ACE hardware charges 14.99 for a 20 # tank, but they are so close and my TSCs are further away and charges more.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:43 PM   #17
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Because some of us worked hard for our money and want it to go as far as we can make it go...Because we have other things to spend it on.... and so on...
"Squeezing a nickel until the buffalo poops in your hand"

Is a hobby for some people - and there are usually 10 alternative ways to spend every dollar.

I literally cannot taste the difference between generic butter and Land o Lakes... duh! A buck in my pocket to buy locally raised eggs from real "yard" chickens that laid them yesterday or this morning - wow - fresh! Stand up firmly when cracked and peel cleanly when making deviled eggs, and taste yummy.

It is easy to go too far in either direction. No "John Wayne" toilet paper for me. (It's rough, it's tough, and it don't take no sh** off anyone!)

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Old 03-18-2019, 03:18 PM   #18
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Hot Deal - Propane - Tractor Supply

The old joke in the military is that the supply system mixed up the NSN for “toilet paper” with one for “sandpaper”. And never bothered to fix the error.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:05 PM   #19
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Don't confuse FILLING propane cylinders (a safety concern) with CHARGING for propane (a business matter).

For safety, fillers may fill upright cylinders by volume (by opening the little spit valve) or by weight (by using a scale). Again, this has nothing at all to do with what you pay. It's merely to make sure that no cylinder is overfilled (a dangerous condition).

As a business matter, many places charge by the gallon, using a gallon counter. Note that the gallon counter may NOT be used as safety mechanism for filling. It's merely there to figure out what to charge people for the propane they purchase.

Here's the handout about propane filling and charging for a workshop at last summer's international rally:

https://wbcci.org/component/jdownloa...pane-workshop3


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Old 03-19-2019, 08:24 PM   #20
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Eubank is right about the filling vs charging for propane. On the physical side, only the portable tanks can be weighed. On motorhomes like mine, the 20 gallon tank is mounted to the frame so they can only charge by the gallon. My gage on the tank is mostly correct but I have never run it empty for a total fill.

Plan to pull it out of storage in April and run my propane generator for exercise and to empty the tank before a fill up.

Eubank - Is your generator gas or propane?
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:04 PM   #21
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Thanks for the tip. We have only filled a few times and until the TSC experience were always charged for 30 # no matter how much was left in the bottle. Aggravating!
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:53 AM   #22
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Our local Camping World is also $/gal/spit.

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Old 03-24-2019, 11:10 AM   #23
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Over an hour drive to Costco from home. Locally I take my cylinders to True Value Hardware or the local garage for filling and pay by the gallon, anywhere from $2.90-$3.05 per gallon.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:33 PM   #24
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Costco - By Far the Cheapest

At Costco, we can basically fill two 40# tanks for the price of one most everywhere else. I've been told by their people that they sell it as a loss leader as a way to get people in the store (as if they need help doing that). The thing with Costco is that only some of their stores sell it so if you are on the move most of the time like we are, you need to look up the store location on-line ahead of time to see if they sell propane before you go.

P.S. Costco parking lots, while not advertised as such, make great boondocking locations as well.
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:54 PM   #25
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I know i am paying top dollar at the local true value but they are convenient, i have save on the fuel i dont burn driveing to costco and i am supporting a local small owner operated store. If we don’t support the local merchants amazon is going to be the only one left in business.
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:00 PM   #26
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I needed Propane today in Marietta, OH. Paid $2.79 at Tractor Supply. First tank took 6.1 gal to fill and the second 3.5 gal (not empty tank).
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:42 AM   #27
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One gallon of liquefied propane contains more or less energy depending on its temperature. Propane does expand quite a bit as it warms. One pound of propane always contains the same amount of energy.
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Our local farm store (Southern States Co-op) sells propane by the Gallon $2.34. Usually about 50˘ cheaper than Tractor Supply.
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