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Posted: 01/03/13 02:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Newer cylinders are $16 with exchange and you get 15lb of propane. What a deal!

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Beware if you plan to use the Blue Rhino tank exchange service for buying propane. Blue Rhino is installing valves on their tanks that can only be refilled by Blue Rhino, meaning that you will be locked into their tank-for-tank service, and won't be able to get the tank refilled at your local propane dealer.
Blue Rhino is not only installing OPD valves, they are installing their OWN proprietary OPD valves, called Tri-Safe II valves. You can identify a TSII valve by the little triangular indentation on the side of the valve. In order to get flow IN to a TS2 valve, a magnetic key must be inserted into the indentation to hold a steel ball out of the way.

Per Blue Rhino: "Blue Rhino is the leader in the industry for providing the safest tanks on the market. Some, but not all of our tanks have a special safety device that prevents the refill by anyone other than a Blue Rhino specialist. They are called TS2 cylinders. The reason we designed them is simple. It's for the safety of our consumers!! We stand behind our product. We know how our cylinders are filled and that the highest level of accuracy and safety checks are performed. When our consumers take our cylinders and have them filled elsewhere, we cannot be liable or guarantee the safety of that cylinder. If your tank is not properly filled, damage to your valve can result, which can prevent it from performing properly.
Our business is propane cylinder exchange. We recommend that our customers only exchange because of the safety/liability issues associated with someone else filling our tanks. However, you, as a consumer, are free to fill your cylinder if you wish. Not all of our tanks offer the special safety feature. The way to identify the special TS2 valve tanks that cannot be filled is easy. If your tank valve has a small triangular indention on the side, then it is "tamper" protected. If you prefer to have a tank that can be filled by anyone, take that tank back to any Blue Rhino retailer and exchange it for one that does not have the triangular indention.”


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lawaco12 wrote:

i was told by tsc that 10 yrs was limit they can be recertified but that costs $40 so im trying some place to exhchange cylinders have not found a place that has 30# cylinders that exchange


Porblem is you went to Tractor Supply and not a real Propane suppler.


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I just had 2 - 20 lb cylinders and 1 - 6 lb cylinder recertified for the exorbitant fee of $5 each at Phillips Energy (a propane distributer) in Gloucester County, Va. Each one good for another 5 years. Next time I go north across the York river I'll get 2 more 20 lb cylinders recertified.

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Replace the valves


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hotpepperkid wrote:

Replace the valves


Not good enough. The cylinder also needs to be stamped with a new date.


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The real propane supply is the one that wanted $40 to recertify. Plus they charge per tank $29. tsc charges by gallon $4+change both are ameragas

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Hmmm! I inspect and refill my own. Craig

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martipr wrote:

Beware if you plan to use the Blue Rhino tank exchange service for buying propane. Blue Rhino is installing valves on their tanks that can only be refilled by Blue Rhino, meaning that you will be locked into their tank-for-tank service, and won't be able to get the tank refilled at your local propane dealer.


I have exchanged quite a few tanks with Blue Rhinos just to get newer tanks and then had them filled elsewhere without any issues. Maybe Blue Rhino just wants people to come back so they come up with this message.

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RAS43 wrote:

martipr wrote:

Beware if you plan to use the Blue Rhino tank exchange service for buying propane. Blue Rhino is installing valves on their tanks that can only be refilled by Blue Rhino, meaning that you will be locked into their tank-for-tank service, and won't be able to get the tank refilled at your local propane dealer.


I have exchanged quite a few tanks with Blue Rhinos just to get newer tanks and then had them filled elsewhere without any issues. Maybe Blue Rhino just wants people to come back so they come up with this message.


My post includes a quote from a Blue Rhino letter which clearly states that they use two different valves. The valve with a small triangle in it is a proprietary valve and can only be filled by Blue Rhino. If the valve doesn't have the triangle it can be filled anywhere. This quote from Blue Rhino states that any Blue Rhino dealer will exchange a non-refillable for a refillable tank.
The point I was trying to make is that if you want a tank that can be refilled anywhere make sure it does not have the triangle.

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