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Old 06-15-2015, 04:34 PM   #51
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My number of refills is more than it should be, since I have problems telling when a tank is actually empty and will sometimes take one to be refilled when it has a gallon or two left in it. Doesn't affect the total cost, though.

I thought you only get charged for what is put into the tank, if it is half full then only half the amount? At least that is what I observed at several cg, they only charged for what was put in, similar to gas.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:39 PM   #52
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Since the propane tank filling thing is getting carried away (for a water heater thread) people might want to look back at one of the previous passes at this subject:
  • Just purchased an older Escape 17B - starting at post #13
  • Propane levels - starting at post #3
There are others that get into more detail about tank exhanges and other sources of propane.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:30 PM   #53
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I thought you only get charged for what is put into the tank, if it is half full then only half the amount? At least that is what I observed at several cg, they only charged for what was put in, similar to gas.
I didn't say that clearly. I was trying to say that the total cost of the propane over time isn't affected by refilling the tank when it is already partially full. So yes, the propane is metered like gasoline.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:42 PM   #54
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So yes, the propane is metered like gasoline.
That depends on location. Here in Alberta (and everywhere else I've bought propane in Canada), small (under 100 pound) tanks are almost all filled at a fixed price per fill (without metering), regardless of how much was already in the tank (and so how little is pumped into the tank). One Trillium (not Escape) owner switched to a forklift tank with a fast-fill port, which allows him to fill from the meter (just like a motor vehicle or motorhome), avoiding this problem. Again, this comes up every time the subject is discussed, which is often as new people get involved and have questions.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:48 PM   #55
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I buy my propane at the Mowhawk / Husky here in North Vancouver and I pay by the pound, not by the fill. Can't remember the last time it was suggested that I should pay by fill anywhere in my BC travels. I'm sure they are out there.
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I buy my propane at the Mowhawk / Husky here in North Vancouver and I pay by the pound, not by the fill. Can't remember the last time it was suggested that I should pay by fill anywhere in my BC travels. I'm sure they are out there.
I fill at a local Husky here and they will charge me less if the tank was partially full to start.
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As Brian noted, it depends. In my home town of Oswego, NY I can get a 20 lb tank filled for $10.00, however they charge the same no matter what is in the tank. Other suppliers go from $12.00 to around $15.00 to do the same. We don't have a supplier (including the area propane supplier) that will fill small, portable tanks by meter.

The last by meter fill I had was in a Rugby ND Co Op - 4 gallons for $15.00. Unless you are running low it pays to shop around!
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:41 PM   #58
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The place near us charges for a full tank even if half full.
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I guess it depends on what the practice is in your area, but I would hate to buy a full tank when I'm only getting half. There's a Propane shop around here that charges $2.00 per gallon, and you only pay for what you get. They're religious though about the tank stamp, so you can't hand them an expired tank and expect them to fill it.

We were bone dry on both tanks when I filled them there awhile back, and the charge was $16.50. Not too shabby.
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Nk'Mip currently charges $.80/pound here. Must remember for next year.
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