What's the deal with these exchange propane tanks?

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What's the deal with these exchange propane tanks?

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Post by Head Honcho » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:56 pm

Anyone have the full details on how these exchange propane tanks work, you know, the ones at local gas stations and whatnot?

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Post by Loco101 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:04 am

I do the exchange thing. You take your empty propane tank and they give you another one that is full. If you don't have one then you can buy one that is full. It's pretty convenient. The exchange costs about the same as getting your tank refilled elsewhere. And it's about the same if you buy a new one as buying a new tank in a store then going to get it filled.

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Post by Head Honcho » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:06 am

"If you don't have one then you can buy one that is full."

So you are actually buying the tank?

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Post by DenBen » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:53 pm

I believe the first one is more expensive because it's the cost of the fill-up + cost of tank. After that, you only pay for the "refills" since you bring back the now empty tank. Isn't this the same thing as the large jugs of water you get at the grocery stores?

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Post by Head Honcho » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:11 pm

I don't want to keep the tank.

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Post by DenBen » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:17 pm

So you only want to use 1 tank worth of propane and that's it?

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Post by Head Honcho » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:27 pm

I thought the initial price included a "deposit" for the return of the tank, oh well.

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Post by DenBen » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:36 pm

Check with the retailer. It might.

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Post by Loco101 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:29 pm

Head Honcho wrote:
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:06 am
"If you don't have one then you can buy one that is full."

So you are actually buying the tank?
Yes. That's what I did the first time because I didn't have a tank.

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:50 pm

I thought I might get a deposit back, crap. I have a tank it wasn't available at the time.

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Post by Red Squirrel » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:00 pm

I bought a tank through that system a while back since I needed propane in winter and most refill places were not open. Lot of the ones that are open don't fill past 5. I normally just get a refill done though. I think it ends up being cheaper and if you have a good tank in good shape may as well hold on to it. Though the one I got from the exchange seems new so I guess they do keep them in good shape.

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