Propane is used in several applications in and around homes and some businesses. Below are some of the more common applications where it is used:
- Various forms of home and office heating
- Fueling some types of water heaters
- Powering some types of clothes dryers
- Powering generators
- As a fuel for many BBQs
- Fueling gas fireplaces
- While camping
Anyone looking to have a propane tank refilled or exchanged in the US can do so at the following locations. Approximate pricing has been provided for each location as well. Please note that prices will vary according to location and whether a fill or exchange is being performed – refilling is generally cheaper than exchanging tanks in most cases.
When exchanging propane tanks at U-Haul locations, you can expect to pay between $5 and $6 per gallon, but refilling an existing tank will typically cost between $3 and $4 per gallon. As such, you’ll save substantial money over the long term by refilling instead of exchanging tanks.
As with the U-Haul locations, customers who purchase propane can expect to pay between $5 and $6 per gallon when exchanging containers and around $3 to $4 per gallon if they take their tanks to be refilled.
Rates for Amerigas propane refills will also vary between $3 and $4, and exchanges usually cost between $5 and $6 per gallon when swapping a container out. However, customers must remember that these rates may differ between locations – Amerigas supplies several different franchise and store locations around the country.
Customers who live closer to areas where propane sources are located will usually be charged lower rates than those living further away because transportation costs will be factored into the pricing.
Although Walmart stores cannot refill propane tanks at their locations, they offer an exchange service that allows customers to return empty tanks and collect an already-refilled one in exchange.
Walmart stores can assist with exchanging the following brands of propane tanks in their stores:
- Blue Rhino
- Backyard Grill
- Flame King
Again, exchanging propane tanks at Walmart stores will vary between $5 and $6 per gallon. However, in some cases, a five-gallon propane tank can usually be exchanged for as little as $14.92.
Unlike Walmart, Costco doesn’t provide a service where customers can exchange empty propane tanks for those already filled. However, if you have a Costco membership, you’ll be able to have your propane tanks refilled on-site at highly competitive prices – sometimes as low as $2.19 per gallon.
If you have expired propane tanks, Costco sometimes offers a service where they will take them in and send them off for recycling. This policy may vary from one store location to another, so it’s recommended to call ahead and confirm.
6. Dollar General
Most Dollar general stores offer a propane tank exchange service at their storefronts, and doing this is as easy as taking your empty tank and swapping it for one that has been pre-filled. When using this service, you can expect to pay between $5 and $6 per gallon for your propane, so the final amount you’ll pay will depend on the size of the tank you’re using. However, most Dollar General stores work with 20lb tanks.
If your tank has expired, you’ll also be able to purchase new ones at several Dollar General stores. You should either check online or call your local store to confirm whether they offer this service.
Please read our post about Dollar General propane exchange for more detailed information.
7. Tractor Supply
Several Tractor Supply store locations offer a propane refill service for approximately $3.95 per gallon, and tanks of up to 100 lb/25 gallons can be serviced at their branches. Pricing could vary per store, so it’s recommended to contact the one you intend to use to confirm pricing and availability beforehand.
When storing and using propane, ensure that all safety regulations and procedures are strictly adhered to. Failure to do so will result in severe injury and/or property damage.
Refill and exchange propane tanks at numerous locations throughout the country.