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dougrainer

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Posted: 07/13/21 07:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only safe legal way to fill DOT portable cylinders is by WEIGHT. That said there are variations in the sale of LP
1. Some LP fillers sell by POUND(gallons) only. You only pay for the Pounds(gallons) they put in your tank
2. Some fill by TANK only. They charge by the full tank regardless of how much LP they put in----A 20 pound tank x dollars---A 30 pound tank x dollars
3. So by gallon only you only pay for what they put in
4. BY TANK, if your tank still has LP you are paying full price regardless of how much(or little) they actually put in the tank.
5. Last, COST and convienance is a variable. How much time or Gas money are you going to spend to get to that LP gas filler station? If close then refill, but if it is a lot of miles and time then use a exchange service. Doug

I use a by the pound(gallon) refiller. AND it is less than a mile from me.

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bobbolotune wrote:

(I am surprised that some responses said they use cylinder exchange. I have always assumed that I should use tanks that I have owned since new so that I know they have been carefully handled. Which can be a pain because propane refill can be harder to find than exchange.
And I'm surprised you don't see that as a good deal.

Your original post was needing a serviceable tank, which propane exchanges will provide you. They aren't selling junk, their tanks are certified and fine, just not brand new in most cases, but I have found some pretty nice tanks from time to time. I have never had a propane place refuse to fill them.

The subject has drifted off to just propane.

stevenal

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I use exchange cylinders when certification lapses and when refilling is less convenient. The only problem was when I picked up a tank that was nearly out of date, and needed to exchange it once more when empty.


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