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Old 05-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Filling propane bottles?

We have a tank exchange program at some of our gas stations, this would be a lot easier for me to do then to stop and fill up at a gas/propane station.

Any issues with this?
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If it is like the Blue Rhino exchanges around locally they fill the tanks to 75% as opposed to 80% to help keep the price point down. YMMV
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I know how my tanks has been treated, stored, maintained, etc. I have no idea what folks who had exchange tanks before me did to the tanks. Also since I use the fuel in my tanks and watch it get filled back up I know that I am getting fuel I paid for. I don't trust the exchange programs and don't want their tanks feet from my head when I sleep.
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If you aren't concerned about the age or condition of the tanks, swapping them will work, but you'll pay more. Alsoif you have 30# tanks on your trailer, you don't want to give them away for 20#ers. It's not that big a deal to take them off and take them for a refill.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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If it is like the Blue Rhino exchanges around locally they fill the tanks to 75% as opposed to 80% to help keep the price point down. YMMV
Yep. And word I have is that for a while Blue Rhino was using a proprietary filling method to try and stop other suppliers from filling their gray tanks. The governing agency forced them to stop the practice, but there are refilling stations who refuse to fill a Blue Rhino tank at all because there can be problems with the old proprietary style valve assemblies.

I'd think getting your own tanks refilled is best for the reasons already mentioned. Just be aware that the tanks are required to have a periodic service inspection and stamp. Federal law requires all propane tanks to be re-certified after 12 years of the original manufacture date and I believe every 5 years after that. If you are nearing inspection one way to avoid the inspection fees or tank replacement is to exchange it for one with a more recent date. Exchange suppliers generally don't check or care what the age of the returned tank is. vic
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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I use exchange tanks for my home BBQ and patio heater. My old ones expired and it was just simpler and cheaper then buying new ones.

My trailer is brand new as are the tanks so I will be refilling those.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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For all of the reasons stated above, I would never rely on exchange tanks. Mine will always be refilled. I have two welders in my shop, and for the same reasons, I own my own tanks and always have them refilled. I do not care to inherit someone else's problems.
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Good suggestions in here!

I will continue tank exchange for the bbq, but since my tt tanks are brand new I will be just getting them refilled.

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I see you are from Canada as well. For me in New Brunswick Costco is half the cost for refills as others in my area. The membership is more than paid for as a fill my tanks atleast once a month in the summer months.
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For all of the reasons stated above, I would never rely on exchange tanks. Mine will always be refilled. I have two welders in my shop, and for the same reasons, I own my own tanks and always have them refilled. I do not care to inherit someone else's problems.
Just curious, what problems are you referring too? Anything I should look out for?
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