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Old February 17th, 2019, 06:36 PM   #1
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Anybody notice that 20lb propane cylinders have gone from ~$22-25 to $35 in the last month? Any idea why? That's almost a 50% increase and since most of them in Michigan come from either Michigan or Ohio I don't understand why they got expensive all of a sudden.
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Old February 17th, 2019, 07:34 PM   #2
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They probably jacked up the price for the "arctic typhoon" a few weeks ago. Hopefully it comes back down soon.
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Old February 17th, 2019, 07:35 PM   #3
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You mean when you do an exchange at a gas station?
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Old February 17th, 2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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I pay like $8 to get them filled at TSC
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Old February 17th, 2019, 08:45 PM   #5
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I have a bunch that I just get filled, it's usually $9 each. I haven't exchanged or bought a tank in a long time.
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I usually get mine re-filled, until they start to rust then I do an exchange. I think I've seen exchange for about $15 at Menards.
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Last year I was paying $12 at a gas company for a full fill. Havent done one this year. Much cheaper that way, and I was told the gas station ones aren't actually full, not sure it that is true though.
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Sorry, I mean a brand new empty 20lb cylinder off the shelf. Not an exchange and not a refill.
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Sorry, I mean a brand new empty 20lb cylinder off the shelf. Not an exchange and not a refill.
Just a random guess but I'm assuming it's due to the cost of steel going up
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Just a random guess but I'm assuming it's due to the cost of steel going up
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They are $29 at the TSC by my house, a couple bucks cheaper, but still more than you said you used to pay
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Literally I was buying them at Menards for $22 in December and then $23 in January. Now they're $35. Same price at Lowes and Home Depot.

Steel hasn't really gone up in a year, at least as far as buying retail at Alro. I'm always in Alro buying crap and they're expensive. Certainly hasn't gone up 50%.

I didn't think to check TSC. Maybe I'll get some there.

I use them for projects. But now they're as expensive as buying steel sheet.
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I never considered that you could buy them new, and empty. That would be way easier than filling used ones with water and dumping them before cutting them open. They probably don't smell of mercaptan either.

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The biggest rip off, for Propane tanks, is to exchange them. They are not filled to full. So you're paying probably $6.00 a gallon versus $2 or $3 a gallon when you have them refilled.

They only way I exchange a tank is if I come across an old beat up one that is junk, or has the old style valve. Then I exchange it cause the mouth breathers at the gas station don't know any better.



........ and I just read the rest of the post, and this has nothing to do with actual propane
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The biggest rip off, for Propane tanks, is to exchange them. They are not filled to full. So you're paying probably $6.00 a gallon versus $2 or $3 a gallon when you have them refilled.

They only way I exchange a tank is if I come across an old beat up one that is junk, or has the old style valve. Then I exchange it cause the mouth breathers at the gas station don't know any better.



........ and I just read the rest of the post, and this has nothing to do with actual propane
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I use them for all sorts of stuff. They are really convenient to use for heat sources (burn wood in for a smoker or any number of other things).

One time I went through the effort of deadening a tank to use for something. Was not worth the effort. Plus the added benefit of trying to get rid of ethyl mercaptan.

I refill my own tanks otherwise. They hold 19-20lbs of propane (about 4.5 gallons) but it depends on the OPD. In the olden days, before the overfill prevention device, you had to pay attention to not overfill them. Now it's idiot proof. So if you buy propane in the summer you pay $.30-.75 a gallon so a 20lb cylinder only has a few bucks of propane in it. And most shitty exchange places only put 15lbs of propane, or about a gallon short of full.
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