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Did you fire up your grill this weekend only to find an empty propane tank? BBQ grilling suddenly became more frustrating when you had to run out to get a propane tank refill! And you would most likely use the tank exchanges at Lowes or Home Depot.
As I’m sure you are aware, it works like this… you exchange your empty tank for a new “filled” tank (yes, those quotation marks are there on purpose), and it costs about $23. Here's what you may not know – those tanks are designed to hold 20 lbs. of propane, but most exchanges only fill with 15 lbs. of propane. So… that works out to $1.53 per lb. of propane. Add in sales tax, and we are up to $1.65 per lb.
This is DOUBLE what you could be paying.
Here’s another option… there may be a local place near you that will fill your tank to the full 20 lb. capacity for less than HALF the price! Over the weekend, I just went to C&B Farm and Garden here in Oswego, and they charged me $14 (which includes all taxes) to fill my tank to capacity. That works out to $0.70 per lb. of propane. That’s less than HALF the price of the big box store! Plus, you won’t have to re-fill as often, because you have 33% more propane.
And you have the added bonus of supporting local business!
But as reader Lisa points out below – make sure that your tank is in proper working order before having it filled.