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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

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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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sourgasjohn
It sounds like we all do the thing with the outdated tanks, do a trade out. I always keep an eye out for the places that look they have a fairly new fleet of tanks in the cage. 
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Stan_D
I just did that, and got one with an older date than my expired tank.  AmeriGas, a chain in, but may not be limited to, Virginia.
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JimL
Stan,

Look for a second/revised date stamp.  

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Stan_D
Where might that be?  And isn't it only done one time for 5 extra years?  If so, it's still expired. The original date is '97.
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JimL
When I've seen it, you could tell because it was manually stamped so not perfectly horizontal, and was in a different area from the factory stamping.   It's been many years since I've looked at one and from what I've seen, no one even checks as long as you're using the currently mandated valve. 

-Jim

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mowgod
Generally a 20lb propane tank will hold anywhere from 4.8 to 5.2 gallons of propane depending on the manufacturer of the overfill protection device or OPD now with some of these AmeriGas Blue Rhino and other retailers that you get at your local gas station Walmart Home Depot Lowe's Etc have also changed the OPD float setting in some of them so they only take on three-and-a-half to four gallons which would equate to the 15 lb of propane I had this happened last year in Gettysburg I ran out of propane ran to the local refiller he only put three and a half pounds of propane in my bottle and the OPD shut off he said he runs into it all the time with the thanks that you get from everywhere so those of you who've been able to get them refilled and get the full 20 lb or 4.8 to 5.2 gallons of fuel you're very lucky cuz here in Jersey we don't get that and if you one of those unlucky people who have a blue rhino tank that can't be refilled I know the trick which I figured out what my mother-in-law ran Campground in Port Republic New Jersey and I did all her propane refilling for all the members and customers the trick is to take a magnet to the side of the valve which is what they do at Blue Rhino to refill them on their own they do that purposely so you only can get their tank but if you put a magnet on outside of it it'll fill I forget which side of the valve it is but if you have one of these tanks have your guy put a magnet on it and you'll be able to fill it
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