Propane Exchange vs. Refill
When you exchange a propane tank, you are only guaranteed 15 pounds of propane per 20 pound tank. That means you are being shorted the amount of propane that the tank can actually hold. Not only are customers paying more to exchange, they are getting less propane than if they refilled their at our location
At Fairfield Beer we will fill up and top off our customers’ propane tanks—meaning they get the most propane their tank can safely hold. That extra 25 percent equals about four more hours of grilling time. Do it four times and that’s a whole tank of propane you’ve lost out on and it’s cost you $20 extra – another refill!
The other problem with the exchange service is you lose out on any gas left in your current tank. Most of us don’t completely empty our BBQ tanks. Now, if you go for a refill, you keep all that propane left in your tank. If you exchange, it’s gone. It may not seem a lot, but after two or three times, it starts to add up.
Exchange tanks cost more than refilling your tank, the average when exchanging a propane tank is about $20.00 per tank. With exchange tanks only containing 15 pounds of propane you are paying $1.33 per pound of propane vs. $0.80 per pound at our location.
Propane tanks Expiration Date
Did you know that Propane tanks expire?
Federal law requires tank re-certification after 12 years from the original manufacture date. A coded date is stamped into the carrying handle of the tank. The tank expires at the end of the month of the date stamped. Propane dealers are required by law to refuse to re-fill an expired tank.
Check out the date stamp on this propane tanks:
The first 2 digits represent the month. In this example 06 is June. The last 2 digits represent the year of manufacture. In this example 2002. This tank expires at the end of April 2014 and can no longer be refilled.