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I don't know if anyone has noticed, but the exchangeable 20 lb. propane tanks (Blue Rhino and AmeriGas) now only contain 15 lbs. of propane.

I noticed this the other day when I exchanged an old rusty tank at Walmart.  

My research has found that they started doing this years ago, when the price of propane increased. 

The cost on an exchange at Walmart is about $15.00 for 15 lbs. of propane.

The only was to get close to 20 lbs. of propane in a tank is to have it filled at a refill station.

Here is a very good article on the subject.

https://www.homeandautorepair.com/blue-rhino-propane-exchange-vs-refilling-your-own-tank-all-about-propane-tanks/
Bruce Sheehe
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BSAGuy
We have a company where I live that will drop off a full cylinder at your door and take your empty cylinder.  Very convenient and I always get a full 20 pounds.  
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
I thought the move to the OPD/ overfill prevention device from years ago limited the number of pounds you could fit into a "20 #" tank?
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JimL
The one time I thought the Blue Rhino was worth it was when you could pay an extra $5 or so to swap out a tank with an old style valve for a tank with the new style valve.  I wasn't aware that Blue Rhino was under-filling until my propane dealer told me about it last year. 

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NYGfan
They’ve been doing this for yrs.  go on any rv forum and search it. I’m lucky I can go to the city yard near where I work and fill my tanks at the pump just needed to buy the adapter, and it’s cheaper then anywhere else.
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desertdave
I thought the move to the OPD/ overfill prevention device from years ago limited the number of pounds you could fit into a "20 #" tank?


Tanks were always only allowed to be 80% full.  With the old style, you filled the tank until the bleed valve started spewing liquid propane.  With the OPD style, it's the same but they added a float shutoff as well.
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
desertdave wrote:


Tanks were always only allowed to be 80% full.  With the old style, you filled the tank until the bleed valve started spewing liquid propane.  With the OPD style, it's the same but they added a float shutoff as well.


so the max fill on a 20#er is actually 16#?

thank you

WGE
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Jim_l
You're right Bruce.
That is a good article.
Now I know how to check how much propane I have left in a tank.
Thanks for posting this.

Oh, BTW WGE, if you read the article, it explains that the 20# tanks hold close to 20# when they are 80% full.
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shaune509
max fill at 80% of tank is the size rating of tank. ie a 20# =20# of LPG
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NYGfan
I usually only exchange tanks when mine is out of date. I can't prove it but I swear Blue Rhino gas clogs regulators. Had it happen on a few grills all using blue rhino.
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rob_pontius
I have all of mine filled at the local propane company. They actually weight the cylinder and go from there. There is 30lbs of propane in the tank when they're done. A 30lb tank costs me $22.00 to have filled. The 20lb exchange in my area costs $20.00 and you do get 15lbs of propane. It only makes sense to have them filled if you have a propane filling station near you.
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
Jim_l wrote:
You're right Bruce.
That is a good article.
Now I know how to check how much propane I have left in a tank.
Thanks for posting this.

Oh, BTW WGE, if you read the article, it explains that the 20# tanks hold close to 20# when they are 80% full.


I'm pretty sure the article was not part of the original post?
i really hope so.

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arizonacamper
I only get the Blue Rhino or AmeriGas tanks when my other propane tanks have expired and they only get fill once I go and get them filled elsewhere so I get max value of it
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brucesheehe
I posted the article with the original post.  No big deal.  

Best idea is to only use the exchange tank option, when you have on old tank you want to replace.
Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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pateco
Yeah, but my local propane place operates business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. A 20lb fill would be nice, but not worth taking a day off work for. I can get a Blue Rhino at 1:00 am on a Sunday from my local 7-11

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