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    Propane Filling in DSM

    Hey guys,

    Looking for a place that does propane tank fills. I've read multiple stories online that say the Blue Rhino ones you exchange at stores are only filled to 80% of capacity. Screw that. Anyone know of a place??

    *edit: Preferably on the west side


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    I always go the Flying J (er, "Love's" I guess now) on Hickman just West of I-80.



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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    I go to the BP on Merle Hay Rd just south of the interstate.


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    Thanks dudes, appreciate it!



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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Hey guys,

    Looking for a place that does propane tank fills. I've read multiple stories online that say the Blue Rhino ones you exchange at stores are only filled to 80% of capacity. Screw that. Anyone know of a place??

    *edit: Preferably on the west side
    The UHaul place south of Grand on 63rd St does it, too.


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclone View Post
    I always go the Flying J (er, "Love's" I guess now) on Hickman just West of I-80.
    This is where I go as well.


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnhicks03 View Post
    The UHaul place south of Grand on 63rd St does it, too.
    Yep, went there a few times.


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Hey guys,

    Looking for a place that does propane tank fills. I've read multiple stories online that say the Blue Rhino ones you exchange at stores are only filled to 80% of capacity. Screw that. Anyone know of a place??

    *edit: Preferably on the west side
    It is my understanding that the most that tanks can be filled to is 80% of capacity. That allows for expansion of the propane liquid without venting any gas.

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    The standard BBQ tank is generally referred to as a 20 lb tank as that is the amount of propane that it will safely hold. Often they hold slightly less than this, but it is over 19 lbs.
    The tank is NOT filled all the way to the top with liquid. It is only filled to about 80% of the volume. That is for safety purposes. When filled the tank often gets cold due to some evaporation of the liquid. If the tank is then left out in the sun the liquid would expand. If all goes well, the safety pressure value would vent the excess liquid. This would be somewhat of a safety problem as you have escaping highly flammable gas. However, if the safety value was not functional, the tank could, under extreme conditions, rupture causing an extreme safety hazard. Filling to 80% allows for the expansion without any venting of gas. The full 20 lb (or nearly that) already takes into account the 80% fill limit."

    Propane tank refill vs exchange - eLivermore.com


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Hey guys,

    Looking for a place that does propane tank fills. I've read multiple stories online that say the Blue Rhino ones you exchange at stores are only filled to 80% of capacity. Screw that. Anyone know of a place??

    *edit: Preferably on the west side
    I think that 80% fill is what everyone will do. Propane tanks, even the bigger tanks that sit in your backyard, are filled to 80-85%. 90% is considered too full. Think expansion.

    Your 20 pound tank should hold 20 pounds.



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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    o'donnell ace hardware on university, just west of Polk blvd.


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Blue Rhino fills them to 15 pounds.

    *edit: 3rd line in your link under 'Quick Summary', aauummm.


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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Blue Rhino fills them to 15 pounds.
    Just curious - how much does it cost for a blue rhino tank vs filling it up yourself?



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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    I think Blue Rhino is roughly $23 for 15 pounds. Not sure on the price of a 20 lb fill (some of these guys that get their's filled could probably comment), but I'm almost positive it's less than that. So you're getting 25% more for less.



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    Re: Propane Filling in DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    I think Blue Rhino is roughly $23 for 15 pounds. Not sure on the price of a 20 lb fill (some of these guys that get their's filled could probably comment), but I'm almost positive it's less than that. So you're getting 25% more for less.
    Don't remember exact price but where I get mine filled (not in DSM) its about 19-20 bucks for a 20lb fill.



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