Propane Tanks - Best Buys?

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  1. OFADAN

    OFADAN
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    I'd like to have a couple more #20 propane tanks to carry me through the winter for power failures and camping. I can get a #15 pre charged at 7-11 for $49. That seems kinda high and it is only a #15.

    The other alternative is to buy a new one at Bi-Mart, Wal-Mart or elsewhere. Any one got a suggestion where I can get a couple new #20 tanks so I can take 'em down to a gas station and have them purged and filled?

    I've had bad experience with used ones, so new is the route I'd like to go...looking for the best buy or value. Suggestions?
     
  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim
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    Go to the larger tanks. You can still handle them easy and they do seem to last longer per # than the smaller ones.
    I don't know how,but I've been RVin' for years and a 10 gallon will last more than twice as long as a 5 gallon.
    Oh and I don't think they are twice as much money.But Home Depot has as good a priced tank as any one.
     
  3. good2eat

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    Craigslist in the RV section is your friend. Just make sure the tank has the new valve and you're pretty much goo to go.
     
  4. knuckle Head

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    I got two used 20lb tanks there that were full of gas for $50.00 (that was $25.00 each)
     
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  5. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer
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    I should get some real propane tanks. I have about 50 of the tiny ones - don't ask - were nearly free a couple years ago.

    Could someone explain what the 'newer valve' is and what to look for? - thanks.

    I'd have to store them under a tarp in the backyard. My guess is you don't have to worry about outdoor temps? OK in freezing weather and 80 or so in the shade?
     
  6. knuckle Head

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    Not sure about the valves, I did get another valve Propane Refill Kit - Refill Propane Bottles with Ease!
    today at Harbor freight to fill the 16.9 oz canister from the 20lb tank, so now I can refill the small ones or runa small stove off the big from the hose convertor I bought a month ago.

    Btw the valve normall cost $19.99 on sale for $17.99 I had a 20% off coupon and a coupon to get a free multi meter with a $10.00 purchase or more, got both items with tax for $15.40 including tax.
     
  7. Capn Jack

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    Burt Gummer...

    The quickest way to tell the difference is, the old valves have a round handle and the new ones
    have a Three lobed handle. It's cheaper to go to Costco and buy a new one than to replace a valve, or have one re-certified. I've found, if you take the valve out of an old thank and fill it with water, it makes a dandy 50 yard pistol target.:thumbup:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  8. good2eat

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    The new valves are OPD (overfill protection device) so the unit will show OPD and the handle is triangilar in shape Capn jack says.
     
  9. ATCclears

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    I picked up a few new 20-pound tanks from Costco this year. They were about $28 each. I don't know if they'd have any more lingering in stock, but you might look if there is a Costco nearby.

    Peter
     
  10. John Gault

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    Bi-mart runs sales on the 20 and 30lb pretty regularly. For "new" it's the best deal I've found when on sale. Last week the 30lb tanks were on sale.
     
  11. mosinguy

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    one thing to remember is a propane tank has 12 yrs after its original production date, found on the ring by the handle, till it needs an inspection after that it is every 5 yrs...... i have noticed most places that fill them have no clue about this, but i you go to somewhere like amerigas they should be looking
     
  12. Cortes

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    The going rate on CL is about $15 for a 20lb aka 5 gallon propane tank. Sometimes you can get them for less. Often they have some gas in them.

    I did have bad luck with one used tank I bought that way. It fills real slow, so I keep it for backup only and don't hook it up to the barbecue.
     
  13. FortunateSon

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    That's funny. I also have a SH*T load of the small canisters. I used them for lanterns and stoves when camping and when I started prepping I just naturally STOCKED UP. I stopped buying them when I realized how much more they were costing me. Now I have a couple of tanks and an adapter (link below) and will use the small canisters for backup.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUQAK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    I love shopping at Amazon.
     
  14. tfbit

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    These refill kits actually work well. If I stick the small bottle in the freezer for a little bit it's pretty easy to get a complete fill. Hard part is having to manipulate the large tank. One of these, an adapter hose, and a bunch of large filled tanks and you're set to use propane for a while.

     
  15. terry marosites

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    Note on refilling the little ones , the trick to getting a good fill is
    1) as stated, get it cold I put mine in the freezer overnight ,
    2) turn the 20# bottle upside down.
    3) Please do this outside !
     

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