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Propane tank refill vs exchange

I need to get the tank for my grill exchanged or refilled. Usually I just go to a gas station and swap it out but now I'm a Costco member and they are probably cheaper. Will any 20 pound tank be able to be refilled at Costco or is there something I'd have to look for on the tank to see if it's compatible.

I have one of these tanks

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Squirrel99 wrote: I need to get the tank for my grill exchanged or refilled. Usually I just go to a gas station and swap it out but now I'm a Costco member and they are probably cheaper. Will any 20 pound tank be able to be refilled at Costco or is there something I'd have to look for on the tank to see if it's compatible.

I have one of these tanks

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Anywhere I can go where I don't have to interact with another person would be best
they will refill any tank, just make sure it has not expired
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Just got one filled a few days ago at Costco, I think it was 10.99 plus tax. 20L tank. Must be less than 10 yr old tank says the sign there.

I also did an exchange at HD about 2 months ago, I think it was 22 bucks plus tax or so...almost double price for exchange vs refill. I did exchange because it was an older tank I had and now have a newer one. (I have 2 tanks and keep the spare full so I don't run into a pickle having a tank run dry in the middle of cooking!)
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The best thing is to find someone who will fill by litre. Many swappers don’t fill beyond 16 lbs saying they can only fill to 80% capacity. A 20 lb tank is rated for 24 pounds and this can be filled to 20 pounds. You can feel the weight different of a properly filled tank vs a 16 pounder.

Costco will often only fill to 16 pounds too but by litre so it’s annoying but not the end of the world.
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I'd love to buy a 2nd tank but wouldn't know where to store it, can't store it in the house or garage

Used the grill for the first time this season and the gas lasted 20 minutes, at least my food cooked enough to eat
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I have 2 tanks and keep the spare one in a plastic garbage bag beside my house. It's on the shaded side of the house. Never had a problem. My Costco only charges for the amount of propane required to fill the tank and not a flat rate charge.
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Squirrel99 wrote: I'd love to buy a 2nd tank but wouldn't know where to store it, can't store it in the house or garage

Used the grill for the first time this season and the gas lasted 20 minutes, at least my food cooked enough to eat
Just keep it outside. Unless you are spraying it with salt water, it's not going to get messed up.
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jackrabbit000 wrote: I have 2 tanks and keep the spare one in a plastic garbage bag beside my house. It's on the shaded side of the house. Never had a problem. My Costco only charges for the amount of propane required to fill the tank and not a flat rate charge.
Why in a garbage bag? Won't it rust more if water ever gets in there?
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We have 2 and just rotate them and yes keeping them outside is perfectly fine.
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Consensus is leave them outside covered up in a garbage bag, or on it's own?
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I leave it uncovered. No rust so far and it's a 3 year old tank
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One more vote for outside. Under deck works great for me. I only use propane for my deck heater though. BBQ and deck fire ring are NG.
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I leave my spare tank in the shed, and bring it beside the BBQ when my main tank is low, for quick swap.
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Extra tanks should not be stored inside the house. Fire hazard.

Keeping it on the side of your house or about 5' from your existing BBQ is fine.
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I have two expired tanks, do you just recycle them? I hear of people waiting till they expire and then doing the exhange program but that seems a little sketchy isn't it?
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adblink182 wrote: I have two expired tanks, do you just recycle them? I hear of people waiting till they expire and then doing the exhange program but that seems a little sketchy isn't it?
Exchange them at one of those automated tank exchange machines, found usually at Walmart, spits out new filled tank

http://www.pro2go.ca/locations/
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Eldorado wrote: Exchange them at one of those automated tank exchange machines, found usually at Walmart, spits out new filled tank

http://www.pro2go.ca/locations/
Has anyone used them before? Can't find pricing on their website, how much is it to exchange?
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Propane tank refill (Costco) = smart / exchange at gas stations = baller status
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Kiraly wrote: There are more places that do propane refills other than Costco, and are much cheaper than exchanging a whole tank. Like: https://propanedepot.ca/

The question really is this: is a brand new costco tank + refill > exchanging an expired tank at a kiosk

(Subsequent refills for the life of the exchanged ranked would be from costco). The variable is how much life do exchanged thanks have before having to do it again.

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