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Old 12-29-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Propane prices - what do you pay?

What are you paying for propane? Where do you buy your propane? How is the service? Do you have to handle the tanks yourself or does the dealer do it?

I am paying $1.70 and fill my small bottles from the 500 gallon tank at my house.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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Filled almost 60 gallons yesterday..... .87 cents a gallon here.

Not bad.

Yes bring the tanks to them. No big deal. Beats hooking up the Stream and dragging it across town, then back again.

They do take them ouf of the truck though.

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Old 12-29-2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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Just got my 40# filled for $38 here as I have no access to bulk. Can you tell use how and what we will need to fill from a bulk tank?
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I think it's pretty important to understand why a propane filler does the bulk rate: It's because the cost of the employee can be nearly as much or more than the product where smaller cylinders are involved.

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My house is heated with propane and we just paid $2.809 per gallon.
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I pre-buy my house propane each summer (hoping to get a better price). The price last July was $2.29 per gallon. Way different from the gas patch gas price quoted by Shane.

Jammer, how do you fill your tanks? I thought it had to be pumped in order to get liquid into the tank.

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Two days ago, I filled one of Lucy's 30# propane tanks in Jacksonville, Florida. It was $3.31 per gallon for the 7 gallon fill.

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I'll post some pictures next time I do it. I have a wet leg on the tank, and a liquid withdrawal valve, and a hose with a POL fitting. I hook everything up and open the valves, and set the tank to be filled on the ground. I let it sit an hour or so as the propane siphons over.

It's important to be careful not to overfill because the OPD doesn't close the valve all the way. I use a scale, and the "spitter" valve, to be sure I don't.
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Lower Alabama price is $3.10 per gallon.
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Ya'lls prices are crazy.

.87 here, again why the big difference? I understand up north, but Alabama,Florida?

Confusing.

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I'll post some pictures next time I do it. I have a wet leg on the tank, and a liquid withdrawal valve, and a hose with a POL fitting. I hook everything up and open the valves, and set the tank to be filled on the ground. I let it sit an hour or so as the propane siphons over.

It's important to be careful not to overfill because the OPD doesn't close the valve all the way. I use a scale, and the "spitter" valve, to be sure I don't.
Sounds like more trouble and work than it's worth. For me, three, four times a summer, I take one of Henri's aluminum tanks in my car ten minutes down the road to a big propane place, where they fill it and put it back in the car for C$23 (with tax). They have purged both of them for me for free.

I only take one at a time, so it isn't a big deal. Taking the tank off the TT and putting it back gives me a chance to look over the whole apparatus to make sure all is well. It's explosive gas, so I don't like to play around with it, or ignore it.

Some of the folks in our camp have the big BIG tanks, they fill MAYBE once a year, I don't know, never asked any of them.

But the way I see it, the tank cannot be moved out of the way by me alone if I decide to leave on a trip, plus it looks uglier than hail sitting there.

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Down here they bury them, ok if you aren't in a flood plain.
Watch out for the guy who has never filled an attached tank, they are like the new system tanks with an overflow and a 10% space for expansion. If it gets over filled the only recourse is to let it bleed off.
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I think we need to clarify the units. For example, to fill my 40 lb tanks takes about 9 gallons. Big difference.

I filled a 40 lb bottle (9 gallons) on the 20th. The cost including sales tax was $29.37. That works out to about $3.26 per gallon or $0.73 per pound.

That would explain the difference in prices between others' and Shane's. I'm also willing to believe that he recently bought 60 pounds, two 30 lb tanks full, but not 60 gallons. As his second post said, "Confusing."

Not so bad once you get used to it, though.
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Two 40s in Springfield, MO runs about $35.00 - and I like to keep two filled this time of year - so I keep two 40s in reserve and am about to add a 100lb. One of the first things I found out is that in the winter propane 'knows'.......and will run out mysteriously at 3:00 a.m. -

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