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Old 05-29-2011, 12:19 AM
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For those that store the 20# Refillable Propane Tanks, I do NOT reccommend getting them as the exchange tanks from Rhino or other brands found outside grocery stores and convenience stores.

The reason is, they do NOT fill the tank to the full limit, but rather ONLY fill them 1/2 to 3/4 full at best. They will run out of gas much quicker than they should have, usually right when your about 1/2 way done cooking your nice juicy steaks. :^(

You would be far better off going to a U-Haul that refills propane tanks and paying them to first PURGE your tank and then fill it because they WILL compleatly fill the tank nd often comes out cheaper than the exchange tanks anyway.

The ONLY time I use the exchange tanks is when I have on older propane tank that U-Haul will no longer fill. (although, once they know you as a "regular" customer, they might go ahead and fill an old tank... it's worth a try first)

We're up to 8 of the 20# Propane tanks now and all are full. On tank is still the old style with the "star" valve handle. It will get used up first and replaced with another exchange tank if U-Haul won't fill it.

BTW, ask U-Haul for the $1.00 Off your next refill sticker to put on all your tanks. If they just hand them to you, save them for the first tanks that need refilling because those stickers DO expire.

Save some money and do smarter prepping. Don't buy the exchenge tanks if you don't have to. I don't work for U-Haul. but I figure everyone hs one somewhere near them.

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I buy factor fresh tanks and have them filled. In my area it is always cheaper to have tanks filled than to go to the grocery store and swap them out. It costs $18.99 to swap a tank and that is the cheapest I can find. Last week I had 2-20# tanks filled and it cost ~$17 (~4 gallons LP/each - they weren't completely empty). So, I can fill two tanks for the cost of swapping 1.
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where i am at propane is 3.09 a gal and amerigas has the tanks at the stores and they want 21.99 exchanged or over 50.00 for a new tank out right , amerigas is a ripe off in my opinion !
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I always put mine on a scale before filling or after.
Standard bbq tank is 18 lbs empty and 38 lbs full.
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If I find an old/rusty one at a yard sale or whatever, I trade it for a rhino but after that I fill it at Exxon station. $17 last time. Rhino even says it is only 15lbs? But it will hold more if you fill it elsewhere it is a standard tank.
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If I find an old/rusty one at a yard sale or whatever, I trade it for a rhino but after that I fill it at Exxon station. $17 last time. Rhino even says it is only 15lbs? But it will hold more if you fill it elsewhere it is a standard tank.
Thats what i do. I exchange the beat up old trash pick tank for a tested, painted blue rhino tank and after that i have them filled at the farmers co-op for $11. And they fill them on a scale while you watch.
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The reason they don’t fill them to total capacity is because propane is pressurized and will expand and contract based on the ambient temperature of the air.

If you know your tank will be kept in a cool dry spot then it might be OK to overfill it, but me personally I wouldn’t recommend it.



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I can't count how many tanks have been purchased at yard sales for nickels on the dollar and exchanged at a rhino.
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