How to Save over 50% on Propane for Grilling

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.

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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.

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  1. Lisa says

    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

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. Christine says

    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!

  4. Richard says

    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.

  5. Sara Casey says

    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!!

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