How to Save over 50% on Propane for Grilling

Posted at 8:00 PM on Apr 15, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Apr 15th, 2014

Don't overpay for Propane!  There is an easy way to save over 50% for your summer grilling!

Did you fire up your grill this weekend only to find an empty propane tank? BBQ grilling suddenly became more frustrating when you had to run out to get a propane tank refill!  And you would most likely use the tank exchanges at Lowes or Home Depot.

As I’m sure you are aware, it works like this… you exchange your empty tank for a new “filled” tank (yes, those quotation marks are there on purpose), and it costs about $23.  Here’s what you may not know – those tanks are designed to hold 20 lbs. of propane, but most exchanges only fill with 15 lbs. of propane.  So… that works out to $1.53 per lb. of propane.  Add in sales tax, and we are up to $1.65 per lb.

This is DOUBLE what you could be paying.

Propane Tank

Here’s another option… there may be a local place near you that will fill your tank to the full 20 lb. capacity for less than HALF the price!  Over the weekend, I just went to C&B Farm and Garden here in Oswego, and they charged me $14 (which includes all taxes) to fill my tank to capacity.  That works out to $0.70 per lb. of propane.  That’s less than HALF the price of the big box store!  Plus, you won’t have to re-fill as often, because you have 33% more propane.

And you have the added bonus of supporting local business!

But as reader Lisa points out below – make sure that your tank is in proper working order before having it filled.


  • Lisa says...
    Posted at 8:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lisa
    Apr 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    We did this one time. We were at my family camp and the closest place to get propane was at a filling station. Anyway, our propane tank wasn’t in the greatest of shape. As my husband was with the worker who was filling it, I sat in the car waiting. Suddenly I heard a loud boom and the two of them came running out of the propane shack. Scary! So my warning – make sure that your tank is in decent shape when you take it to fill. Hopefully they would refuse to fill it if it wasn’t safe. But in our case, they didn’t and it ended up being a bit dangerous.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 8:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for the comment Lisa. That is scary! Yes, I completely agree – make sure your tank is in good shape!

  • Jill F. says...
    Posted at 7:20 am by I am THAT Lady: Jill F.
    Jill F.
    Apr 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    We have several tanks that are about 10 years old. Most places won’t fill them if they are that old. So I will probably have to pay the extra to swap it out before being able to enjoy the savings.

  • Christine says...
    Posted at 8:13 am by I am THAT Lady: Christine
    Apr 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This is also how we fill our tanks except there is a redemption center in Canton NY that will take your cans and bottles and put it towards a tank fill up. It’s a win win! Some useless knowledge also, propane weighs about 4 pounds per gallon so you typically get 4 gallons per fill up with a bit of room for expansion!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 2:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Apr 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for the info, Christine!

  • Richard says...
    Posted at 11:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Richard
    Apr 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I take my tanks to Hickery Hills Golf on Rt 31 clay. They said its new state regulations to only fill to 15 lbs now but they are still cheap I payed 67cents a pound compaired to 13.99 at BJ’s and $19.99 at most grocery stores.

  • Sara Casey says...
    Posted at 8:01 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sara Casey
    Sara Casey
    May 06, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I work at E&V Energy and we fill 20 lb tanks for $12.00, that includes tax. We only fill tanks with the OPD valve. We are located in Fulton, just north of Mimi’s. Please stop by and visit us!!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 10:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      May 06, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      I know just where that is! C&B is closer since I live in Oswego, but $12 is awesome!

  • rich says...
    Posted at 8:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: rich
    May 06, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    C&B charges $13 to fill 20lb tank. It takes 4.6 gallons to fill

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 10:01 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      May 06, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hey rich – that’s probably where I’ll be headed to fill it. Thanks!

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