Originally Posted by Scamper
Just to correct some errors here:
The standard size tank (the one's that come with your BBQ) are a 5 gal tank that holds 20 pounds. These are cheap (about $25) at any hardware store or Home Despot.
The smaller tanks of various sizes are crazy expensive, even in steel (if you go aluminum, grab your ankles
), but the 10 pound and 5 pound tanks are nice and worth the cost if you have to lug it around. The larger tanks are also more expensive too of course.
If you get a steel tank (cheapest), you save quite a bit over an aluminum tank, but they do rust once the paint starts chipping or abrading. The Al tanks don't rust, but you do have to have them retested (hydrostatic test) every some-odd number of years and that can be expensive--is around here anyway. I just toss the steel ones when they won't refill any longer.
I was having my tanks re-tested because it was cost effective, until they made the OPD law and I had to replace all of them. You need to factor in that included in the cost of re-testing is a full tank of LPG. Also consider that many areas charge a disposal fee to get rid of used tanks.
Around here the samller tanks are +$10 over the cost of the standard 5 gal/20# tanks. Not exactky crazy expensive when you consider the ease of use.
Krylon has the solution to rusting tanks $1.99 a can.
I wouldn't even consider Al tanks unless I owned a boat.
Just to mention it again, propane distributors sell tanks at about the same cost as HD. But they usually include the first fill. First fill requires a purge which = $$.
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1998 pair of Pink Panties, now with a doohicky in the front.
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