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Old 09-04-2015, 07:41 AM   #1
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Propane refill cost?

I took one of my 30 lb propane tanks to get filled at a local tool rental place yesterday. The tank was no empty but I didn't want it running out the next time we camped. When I paid I asked how much propane they put in and he said it didn't matter, they charge a flat rate for a 20 lb and 30 lb tank. With my $2 off coupon, that refill cost me $28 and change.

Do most propane refill centers charge a flat rate or do they charge by the pound? I feel like I took it in the wallet on this one and I'll probably have the next tank refilled at Tractor Supply.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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Everywhere around here is my gallon, about $3 gallon. Some have a 5 gallon min.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:58 AM   #3
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Have been charged both ways Currently pay by the Gallon and a 20# tank is $14.00
Just had an 11# bottle filled and cost was a little over $9.50. so 28# for $30 isn't a bargain. When I can get 2 20# for $28.00. And sometimes price has to do with location.
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:10 AM   #4
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around here it's all flat rate. I paid 8$ cdn for a 20# at Costco last night!
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:20 AM   #5
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I keep my TT out in the western sticks of Illinois so I had to drive about 20 miles to a propane dealer in a small neighboring town. My 2 30lb tanks were bone dry empty and it was just over $20 a tank to refill them. That was 2 months ago but I don't think there has been any big shift in propane prices this summer. I have not seen flat rate pricing on tank re-fills before but in my case with completely empty tanks I would definitely come out better than someone just topping off their tanks before a trip.
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:36 AM   #6
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Some places charge by the tank some by the pound (or gallon). Ask first and it the charge by the tank go elsewhere. I find that practice abhorrent.
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:53 AM   #7
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I haven't partially filled a tank in years, but when I did, the price was per gallon (or pound, I don't remember). Last time when I had my 30# tank filled, it was bone dry, and I think I paid like $25 out the door? Something like that.

I agree with Seann though, if you're just topping off a tank, you should pay for what you take. We have LOTS of propane vendors to choose from, all in close proximity, so if one of them wanted to charge me for a whole tank when I just needed a few pounds to top off, I would just tell them I'm trotting down the street to one of their competitors and will not be back to fill any of the other 4-6 tanks I have.

My guess is many of them would politely wave to me as I left, we have a couple large commercial outfits who are likely more inconvenienced my a small-timer like me anyway.
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Old 09-04-2015, 09:02 AM   #8
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The local propane shop charges a flat rate (sorry, but I don't recall how much). There is also a U-Haul near by that charges by the pound (again, I don't know the rates).
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The place I go charges a flat rate. I don't like the concept, but I do like the rates, especially if I take in empty tanks: $14 for 20lbs and $21 for 30 lbs.
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Only paid by the gallon, a 30 lb tank holds about 7.6 gallons. I pay about $2.50 a gallon or about $19 for an empty 30 lb tank.
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