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Old 04-02-2014, 05:08 PM  
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It's kinda like buying coffee, how many packages are still a full pound? Not many, most are 12 oz. Now if the package says a pound and there's only 12 oz, then thats a problem.


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Old 04-02-2014, 05:26 PM  
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I find it strange how people complain about this stuff are also the people that want smaller government.
Why not just complain to the dept. of weights and measure.


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I want smaller govt. but I also get my propane at a local tool rental location. It's cheaper too. I'm not complaining. We'll not about propane anyway.
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You have to figure in the fact that tanks are only good for 12 years and refill station around me are getting more strict at looking on the date stamp on tank before they refill them. So when they are out of date people take a worthless tank to exchange place and get a good tank mostly filled with propane. Sounds like a good deal to me.
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Up here it is ten years and it's the valve that needs to be changed and the tank re-certified, not cost effective for 20lb tank. I think the people that do the exchange can certify the old valve for one more use, forever, likely they give it a water bath when it is full. so they don't loose much when you drop your old tank on them. Still cheaper to buy your own tank and have it filled.
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Refilling your tank is definitely cheaper. But throwing away your outdated tank and buying a new one is probably not cheaper. Cheaper to exchange the tank and hope you get one that has majority of the 12 or 10 years life left on tank. Or just be an annoying customer checking the dates on tanks in cage. Then just refill that tank.
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You have to figure in the fact that tanks are only good for 12 years and refill station around me are getting more strict at looking on the date stamp on tank before they refill them. So when they are out of date people take a worthless tank to exchange place and get a good tank mostly filled with propane. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Did that. But now i have to wonder what's the 'break-even' point? How many short fills before the bank gets even?

So, should i just carry my bathroom scale to the deli and weigh the tank before accepting it?

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New tank cost $30 and its about $7 cheaper to refill taking account for lost propane around me. So If you have to exchange a tank instead of refill more than 4 times in 12 years it would balance out. A little less than I thought. So you would have to be a little picky when picking out your tank.

I think all tanks would weight the same from exchanges cages I was talking about picking though the tanks to get one that would not expire for a long time
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Might have to switch back to charcoal for this summer at the current cost of propane and it's shortage.


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