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Old 07-28-2016, 08:27 AM   #1
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Propane Usage and Costs

I had our 2 propane tanks filled today. This was the first time, as we just picked up our trailer from Escape on June 24. I was a little surprised by the cost, but we did use it a lot. I figure that someone may the information helpful or at least hopefully a tiny bit insightful. If not, oh well. Here are the fuzzy statistics:

Days/nights used: 18
Propane used for: Fridge exclusively, turned on for showers (4 people/let's say 3 showers per day), and an Outland fire pit (estimating 6 hours of usage)
Propane used: 8.6 gallons
Cost per gallon: $5.56 (Got the propane filled at a local building supply company)
Total cost including taxes: $50.71
Cost per day/night: $2.82

I don't know how much the individual units use, but I suspect that the fire pit might consume a fair amount of propane. However, most campgrounds and state parks in the northeast will not allow firewood to be brought into the campgrounds due to bugs, so if we wanted s'mores or to roast some veggie-dogs, we'd have to pay up to $9.00 for 5 or 6 kiln-dried pieces of wood. So that cost is saved.

Anyway, that's the information. I don't understand how cpaharley does it, not using 2 propane tanks worth in 2 years...
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:35 AM   #2
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5.56 a gallon? That's where your problem is!
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If you watch for sales, you should be able to save on that. I recently paid $7.99 for a refill purchased through Groupon. Also, Camping World has a discounted price with an additional discount on one day per week. You'd have to check to see which day it is. I've only used our propane fire pit a few times, but found that a "small fire" is sufficient for the ambiance.
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A bargain! Less than a dry cappuccino at Peets.....and I always add a sweet bite to the order also.........

Cheers, and thanks for posting!
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If you watch for sales, you should be able to save on that. I recently paid $7.99 for a refill purchased through Groupon. Also, Camping World has a discounted price with an additional discount on one day per week. You'd have to check to see which day it is. I've only used our propane fire pit a few times, but found that a "small fire" is sufficient for the ambiance.
Unfortunately, the nearest camping world to us is about 80 miles away. But I never thought of looking for discounts on it. Or it could be that the going rate is high in our area? Behooves me call around next time.
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What did you eat? You didn't use a barbecue
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Uhaul Brunswick ME 2.99 gal
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What did you eat? You didn't use a barbecue
Unfortunately, our barbecue (O'Grill) does not have the quick connect and we decided not to haul the small green propane tanks and the barbecue when we could roast hot dogs over the fire pit. And for the burgers, my wife used the stove and a cast iron skillet on the stove. All I can say is yum!
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If you watch for sales, you should be able to save on that. I recently paid $7.99 for a refill purchased through Groupon. Also, Camping World has a discounted price with an additional discount on one day per week. You'd have to check to see which day it is. I've only used our propane fire pit a few times, but found that a "small fire" is sufficient for the ambiance.
I believe its on Wednesday, could be wrong, but definitely middle of week.
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You know, sometimes the internet is a very unhelpful thing! Now I have to try and come up with a genius answer for being so stupid!!

But seriously, thank you!!
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