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Old 08-21-2015, 08:58 AM   #29
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Most propane dealers are going to charge you per fill, so you spend $18 (or whatever the going rate is) to fill a half full tank and you essentially pay double the cost for the propane you actually get.
Where are you buying your propane? Sounds like a flat weight fill or a tank swap dealer, neither of which is a good deal. At the latter, as has been discussed on this forum, you're probably being shorted 5 lbs on a 20 lb tank.

I pay for my propane by the gallon. Propane is metered and the tank is weighed.

I'm concerned about older propane tanks from a swap cage. Now I'm sure that a reputable company isn't putting bad tanks in there, but how old are they? Propane tanks have to be re-certified every so often, after 12 years and every 5 years after that. So, I swap out my new tank and get one that will soon need re-certification. I go in to have it filled and am told it need's to be re-certified. It's a simple process, as I understand it, but it takes a little time and you can bet it's not free. My choice is to stay with my new tank, get the full fill and save money in the process.
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These days, the 20# Worthington tank is available with a float meter. A float meter is tons better than that meter they sell everywhere which is basically measuring pressure. But you have to buy a new tank as it's not an add-on.
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These days, the 20# Worthington tank is available with a float meter. A float meter is tons better than that meter they sell everywhere which is basically measuring pressure. But you have to buy a new tank as it's not an add-on.
How did I not know that?

Is THIS the one with the float gauge and not just the same old crappy gauge added to it?
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:13 AM   #32
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The accuracy of the float meter is still dependent on the trailer being level - not a criticism, but something of which to be aware.

Some folks are happy weighing the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy shaking the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy pouring boiling water. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy carrying a second tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy with a pressure gauge. Great for them. Some aren't.
and...
Some folks are happy to learn another option. Great for them. Some aren't.
Sigh... The spirit on this board has been getting increasingly contentious lately.
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How did I not know that?

Is THIS the one with the float gauge and not just the same old crappy gauge added to it?

Yes. It even has the same picture on the label that I posted. My tanks recently "expired" from the 12 year date and good luck finding someone local around here to reinspect it. The other of my tanks is still nearly full but I expect to replace it, too, with the Worthington with the gauge when I finally empty it. Not a necessity since I have two tanks but I like gadgets.

I expect that only half the refillers bother to check the date but with my luck I'd find one who does and I'd be sent away, hanging my head in shame, a menace to society, for having tried to get an expired tank refilled
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I expect that only half the refillers bother to check the date but with my luck I'd find one who does and I'd be sent away, hanging my head in shame, a menace to society, for having tried to get an expired tank refilled
There is a gas station near me that will fill any propane bottle, regardless of date, condition, or the valve on the tank. Scary.

The tank swap guy I talked to, told me that the date is not what they care about, when you bring one in for exchange. When the tank is expired, they send it to their certification centre. They inspect the tank, (their standards are not hard to meet) re-stamp, and repaint. Good as new.

What they do care about is the valve. It must have a triangular shaped handle. I understand that this signifies that it has an over fill protection device:
Overfill Protection Devices for propane tanks now the law
They are now mandatory. My son came back with a "new" tank from the exchange place near me. The handle was round. Clearly they don't check, even when they refill it.
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Where are you buying your propane? Sounds like a flat weight fill or a tank swap dealer, neither of which is a good deal. At the latter, as has been discussed on this forum, you're probably being shorted 5 lbs on a 20 lb tank.

I buy my propane metered, not by flat fee and I never exchange tanks. I made that statement because some propane outlets charge a flat fee, and if someone is relying on a single tank but wants to fill it when it is partially full, they may get ripped off. It has been my experience that most private campgrounds meter. People just need to be aware that there are outlets that will charge you for 4 gallons but you get something less. I also have a 5 pound refillable which holds 1 gallon. I use it in the event I want to use the grill away from the campsite (and the low pressure system on the trailer). I have a regulator with a QC fitting for such occasions. Obviously, I wouldn't go someplace that charges a flat fee, because I would be way overcharged.


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I've travelled most of USA and in Ontario. Most of commercial campgrounds or nearby gas stations sell metered propane.

Usually I stay at cheapest campgrounds, not at RV resorts.
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The accuracy of the float meter is still dependent on the trailer being level - not a criticism, but something of which to be aware.

Some folks are happy weighing the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy shaking the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy pouring boiling water. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy carrying a second tank. Great for them. Some aren't.
Some folks are happy with a pressure gauge. Great for them. Some aren't.
and...
Some folks are happy to learn another option. Great for them. Some aren't.
Sigh... The spirit on this board has been getting increasingly contentious lately.

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I've travelled most of USA and in Ontario. Most of commercial campgrounds or nearby gas stations sell metered propane.

Usually I stay at cheapest campgrounds, not at RV resorts.

Terminology, Terminology, Terminology, Terminology,Any place that has hook ups by my definition is an RV resort. If I have to pay more $10.00 per night it's too much.
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Dometic Propane Gizmo

I saw this one by Dometic. Sells for $50.00 bucks on Amazon. I little pricey now, maybe they'll come down in the future.
http://www.dometic.com/USA/New-Produ...P-Gas-Checker/
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I saw this one by Dometic. Sells for $50.00 bucks on Amazon.
I have that device (not the Dometic brand, but OEM). It simply doesn't work reliably, too many false negatives. See http://www.amazon.com/GasCheck-Propa...k+Propane+Tank
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The accuracy of the float meter is still dependent on the trailer being level - not a criticism, but something of which to be aware.



Some folks are happy weighing the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.

Some folks are happy shaking the tank. Great for them. Some aren't.

Some folks are happy pouring boiling water. Great for them. Some aren't.

Some folks are happy carrying a second tank. Great for them. Some aren't.

Some folks are happy with a pressure gauge. Great for them. Some aren't.

and...

Some folks are happy to learn another option. Great for them. Some aren't.

Sigh... The spirit on this board has been getting increasingly contentious lately.

Agreed.


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