its so much cheaper to fill it at ur local off brand name gas station i filled it up last year at singin gas for $16 for 20lbs enjoy...
Mind you, Blue Rhino only gives you 15lbs in their 20 lb exchanges. From their website:
Inflationary pressures, including the volatile costs of steel, diesel fuel, and propane, have had a significant impact on the cylinder exchange industry. In 2008, to help control these rising costs, Blue Rhino followed the example of other consumer products companies with a product content change. We reduced the amount of propane in our tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds.
To ensure our consumers are properly notified, Blue Rhino clearly marks the amount of propane contained in our tanks, right on the package
The breakdown... I take my 20lb to a bottle-gas distributor that fills a full 20lbs for $16. That is $0.80 per pound. Blue Rhino is 15lbs for $20 ($17 with the coupon), netting $1.33 ($1.13 coupon) per pound. That's a 40% savings (without coupon) to take it to a gas distributor.
Comparison: Unleaded gasoline has been about $2.49 a gallon around me... I would love to find it for $1.49/gal.
Last edited by ZLeathal1; 03-11-2010 at 01:26 PM..
Here's the slickest deal of them all.... Dear Washington, Stop spending my hard earned money! STOP IT! STOP IT!
Does anyone know if you can sell back an empty tank? My local BJ's does propane refills for less, but since the tank is smaller I'm not making out as well, or I can also pick up a larger tank to get it filled for only a little bit more, but I'm already stuck with this other tank.
"I don't neeeeed no instructions to know how to ROCK!"
This looks like it's not that great a deal. I would have thought the price would be below $20 before the coupon. I think Walmart's exchange is closer to the after coupon price at HD.
Thanks for all the good info posted about how much gas the tanks are filled with. HD uses Amerigas and it looks like they only fill to 15lbs also:
"AmeriGas and Blue Rhino Propane
Date Filed: June 4, 2009
Court: U.S. District Court
Ticker Symbol: NYSE: APU
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed a class-action lawsuit against propane cylinder providers AmeriGas and Blue Rhino, claiming the two companies reduced the amount of propane in tanks when energy prices rose and failed to inform customers.
When energy prices soared last year, the price of propane gas increased. Plaintiffs claim the companies reduced the amount of propane in the tanks from 17 or 18 pounds to 15 pounds in lieu of raising the price for a full tank.
The lawsuit claims customers were still under the impression they were purchasing a 'full' cylinder despite the reduced product volume.
Even though energy prices have bottomed out since the high last year, the suit claims, the companies have not yet reduced prices or resumed the prior practice of selling full tanks.
Liquefied propane gas cylinders can hold 20 pounds of propane. Due to safety regulations, tanks typically fill to 17 or 18 pounds to remain safe for use.
Propane cylinders are used for a wide variety of applications including gas grills, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, mosquito traps and more.
AmeriGas and Blue Rhino distribute propane tanks through tens of thousands of retailers across the country including Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other local grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations.
The lawsuit seeks to represent anyone who purchased an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino propane cylinder from Jan. 1, 2008 to present. You can join this suit by clicking here or calling HBSS at (206) 623-7292."
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