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Old 05-11-2007, 08:15 AM
 
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Default Cheapest Place to get Gas Grill Propane Tank Refill

I am a cheapskate I know. Just curious if anybody has recommendations on the cheapest place to get a propane tank for a gas grill. I noticed that Ace hardware and Food Lion Charge around $48 for a new filled tank if you don't have a trade in and $19 for a full tank when you turn in an empty.

I was thinking of picking up an empty tank at Cosco today (They are $20 there) and exchanging it in for a full one at Food Lion for another $19, thus saving me $9. Just curious if there is somewhere cheaper out there. I have a new grill and I plan to use it a lot this summer!!!

Thanks for helping me save a few bucks!!

 
Old 05-11-2007, 08:28 AM
 
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I am a cheapskate I know. Just curious if anybody has recommendations on the cheapest place to get a propane tank for a gas grill. I noticed that Ace hardware and Food Lion Charge around $48 for a new filled tank if you don't have a trade in and $19 for a full tank when you turn in an empty.

I was thinking of picking up an empty tank at Cosco today (They are $20 there) and exchanging it in for a full one at Food Lion for another $19, thus saving me $9. Just curious if there is somewhere cheaper out there. I have a new grill and I plan to use it a lot this summer!!!

Thanks for helping me save a few bucks!!
I go through a lot of propane due to my hobby (I brew beer ) and I found that the cheapest way was to buy the empty tank and then get it refilled (not exchanged) at a place that sells propane.

I haven't done this yet here in Raleigh because I'm living in an apartment and, naturally, propane cookers are not allowed. But, in Dallas I used to go to a gas station that had a propane tank. Also, many of the U-Haul rental places in Dallas had propane tanks.
 
Old 05-11-2007, 08:30 AM
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Location: Cary, NC
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I am a cheapskate I know. Just curious if anybody has recommendations on the cheapest place to get a propane tank for a gas grill. I noticed that Ace hardware and Food Lion Charge around $48 for a new filled tank if you don't have a trade in and $19 for a full tank when you turn in an empty.

I was thinking of picking up an empty tank at Cosco today (They are $20 there) and exchanging it in for a full one at Food Lion for another $19, thus saving me $9. Just curious if there is somewhere cheaper out there. I have a new grill and I plan to use it a lot this summer!!!

Thanks for helping me save a few bucks!!
NRG,
You should be able to get a refill on a 20# tank for about $12.00 or so.
I get mine a couple of places, Quality Inspection on Chatham Street in Cary being one.
You can get refills at the UHaul stores. With a new tank, refilling is definitely the most economical way to go.

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Old 05-11-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I am a cheapskate I know. Just curious if anybody has recommendations on the cheapest place to get a propane tank for a gas grill. I noticed that Ace hardware and Food Lion Charge around $48 for a new filled tank if you don't have a trade in and $19 for a full tank when you turn in an empty.

I was thinking of picking up an empty tank at Cosco today (They are $20 there) and exchanging it in for a full one at Food Lion for another $19, thus saving me $9. Just curious if there is somewhere cheaper out there. I have a new grill and I plan to use it a lot this summer!!!

Thanks for helping me save a few bucks!!
Heard this company on the radio
http://www.grill-on.com/order.php
they will do half price if you enter the code RADIO at checkout
I think they advertised $12 delivered
FWIW I have a tank from BJs an filled it up last week for $12 + tax
be careful swapping one from costco or bj s for a generic tank because the taps are different and the generic ones cannot be filled by BJ's or costco , so once you swap you've had it! I found out the hard way
 
Old 05-30-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Can anyone recommend a place in N. Raleigh (near Falls of Neuse & Durant Rd.) that will fill my new propane tank that came with my grill? I don't want to exchange my new tank in for a used one found in those propane exchange cages outside of every store.
 
Old 06-04-2008, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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You also have to be careful if exchanging them because in the past they have had issues with meth labs using tanks and exchanging them.

Here is the safety alert and what to look for:
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Alert - National Propane Gas Association
 
Old 05-24-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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Be aware that when you have a 20lb tank refilled, you get 20 lbs of propane, but if you trade for a refilled bottle, or even a filled 20lb bottle, you will only end up with somewhere between 15-18lbs of gas. Hardly a bargain. Several years ago they reduced the lbs of gas, rather than raise the price.
Read this article.... URL=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892512/

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Old 05-24-2009, 09:29 AM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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NRG,
You should be able to get a refill on a 20# tank for about $12.00 or so.
I get mine a couple of places, Quality Inspection on Chatham Street in Cary being one.
You can get refills at the UHaul stores. With a new tank, refilling is definitely the most economical way to go.

NEWUSER is too quick for me...
Dude, thanks for the rec. I grill at least 4 out of 7 days of the week. I go through propane quickly. I'm even thinking about getting a 3rd extra tank. I've been filling up at the Lowes because it tends to be cheaper than the gas stations or grocery stores, but this sounds like the best option, especially considering the comment from Redmannc! Looking forward to getting more mileage this way!
 
Old 05-24-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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This is a bit off topic, but we have large propane tanks (2 - 100 gallon) for stove, dryer and fireplace and eventually on-demand water heater, so we had the propane company run a line directly to our bbq when we had it setup. Saves alot of hastle since the propane company comes to us to refill (so far we only had 1 refill of 100 gallons in 15 months). Just a thought to anyone already with tanks for things like fireplaces alone.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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Be aware that when you have a 20lb tank refilled, you get 20 lbs of propane, but if you trade for a refilled bottle, or even a filled 20lb bottle, you will only end up with somewhere between 15-18lbs of gas. Hardly a bargain. Several years ago they reduced the lbs of gas, rather than raise the price.
Read this article.... URL=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892512/
Good point. Always avoid doing an exchange. Those are the ones where you are not getting a full tank of propane; they are ripping your off.

Refills are the way to go as you get exactly what you pay for.
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