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Propane Tank Refill vs. Propane Tank Exchange

June 14, 2017

propane tank refillWhether you’re moving into a new home or simply require propane for a quick barbecue in the backyard, you need to get fuel somewhere. Propane is often the fuel source of choice for many homeowners. When the tank is empty, do you exchange it or refill? It’s an age-old question that has plagued homeowners for generations now. Some stores would lead you to believe that exchanging is better, but refilling is actually more efficient and beneficial to you.

Myth: Exchanging is Cheaper

Many people think they spend less by swapping their old propane tank at the local grocery store. In fact, trading often costs more than a simple refill. There are numerous methods to refill a tank. Northwest Propane, along with many other dedicated propane companies, offers several filling options. U-Haul and other refill companies can also refill your tank.

Myth: New Tanks Contain More Propane

Many homeowners believe they receive more propane from a “new” tank when they exchange their old, used propane canister. This is false, though. Read the fine print on a new tank. You are only guaranteed 15 pounds of propane for a 20-pound tank. You’re being shorted 5 lbs. by exchanging an old reservoir for a new one.

By refilling your current tank, you get the most of your propane. By filling the propane tank to its full capacity, you’ll gain an extra four hours of grill time.

Myth: Exchanging is Quicker

Lastly, many believe an exchange takes less time than a refill. They can head to the store, speak with an associate, and be on their way. However, it’s not always that simple. Many refill companies offer on-site refills or home deliveries, meaning you can relax in the comfort of your own home. This is much simpler than going to the store.

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For propane tank refills, contact Northwest Propane by calling 800-274-6121. Our propane services are trusted and reliable!