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Pre buy propane #7287036
06/15/21 02:30 PM
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Iím relatively new in using propane and have done a pre buy program for the two previous years Iíve had it. Itís time to sign up for the year and I am wandering if Iím getting a fair deal. My pre buy price was $1.94 gal the last two years. This year it is going to be $2.37 gal and I donít own my tank. How does 2.37 compare to what you pay?

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287038
06/15/21 02:35 PM
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Around here, propane price is based on user consumption. The cost per gallon can vary wildly from customer to customer depending on how much they use.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287046
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I average 635 gallon a yr

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287048
06/15/21 02:55 PM
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It's mostly cheaper in the summer . when I used l.p. I owned the tank. The way the economy is going I can't figure it would be cheaper in winter.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287052
06/15/21 03:01 PM
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Ours runs between $1.15 and $1.35 prepay the last few years if it goes higher I just run the straight wood boiler then.

Last edited by Law Dog; 06/15/21 03:01 PM.

Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Pre buy propane [Re: Law Dog] #7287066
06/15/21 03:46 PM
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I've never pre-bought propane. However, at one point in time, I didn't own my tank and had to buy propane from the company that did own the tank. At that time, they wanted to charge me $4. The average at that time was about $2.50 in my area. It was a crazy situation and I went way up the chain in that company to voice my opinion. I ended up buying my tank and having another company fill it for roughly the same amount the original company could fill it for. It was gouging at it finest. Not sure how long you've had your tank but at some point in time the tank will depreciate to the point that it is smart to go ahead and buy it so you can use whomever to fill it imo.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287077
06/15/21 04:24 PM
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Sorry it worked out that way Coop74. I have had good luck finding local companies who want my biz and they have tanks for rent, re-manufactured or brand new tanks they can price installed, and will usually allow you to prepay as low of a price as they can offer and one even matches his competitions pre-pay price if it is better. This IS the time of year to wheel and deal IMO anyway


ďWhatís good for me may not be good for the weak minded.Ē
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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287078
06/15/21 04:26 PM
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Propane prices seem to vary thru out the country with the eastern US being the highest. I own my own tank. Initially I bought my tank was because a new company purchased my propane company and then they had lawyers draw up a three page contract. I refused to sign it so bought my own tank. You will not be able to get any deals unless you do own the tank. The company that is renting you the tank has got you over a barrel. Even thou I own my tank I have a local company that I like and their price is fair so I usually buy from them. I have a summer fill price this year it is $1.65 per gallon. Last year it was $1.45. I can pre buy for winter also at a set price per gallon. Not sure what the price will be yet. Last year it was $1.60 .I did not buy any and in March I needed some and it cost me $2.05 a gallon.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287079
06/15/21 04:28 PM
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Yes Iím going to look into buying a tank. When dealing with my supplier I get the impression they are a bit slimy. I realize with dems in office the price is going up but I want to make sure whoever I buy from is not sticking it to me

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287086
06/15/21 04:36 PM
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When you lease a tank they jack up the price over what they will sell to one that owns their tank. Tanks also have a date on them where they have to be retested before getting them filled. DON'T mess up and run out of propane as there is a fairly new federal rule if your tank is empty and they have to test ALL your whole system and it runs around $100 here. If you own a grain dryer or LP fueled tractor there is another lower price per gallon on that as well.


ÔŅĹStill, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. ÔŅĹ ÔŅĹ Winston Churchill








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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287087
06/15/21 04:36 PM
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I usually contract my propane around the first part of July as it seems that is about the best time and price for around here. Neighbor just bought a second tank last year so he can buy at the best price with out having to worry about running out. The company he bought it from just told him used tank prices have skyrocketed and if he was interested they could sell his extra tank for him. It's always a gamble on when to buy and what worked for you last year may not work again for you this year.


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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287088
06/15/21 04:37 PM
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We don't have prepay. We have summer fill. You can not pay for more than you can hold. Summer fill has been right at a buck. I filled this spring before the summer preice kicked in and it was $1.65 I would be looking to get propane else where.


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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287089
06/15/21 04:37 PM
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The way inflation is hitting energy prices I would lock in something now.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287091
06/15/21 04:43 PM
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Our oil company will let you prepay but if it goes down thatís what they charge you if it goes up they honor the prepay price.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287092
06/15/21 04:46 PM
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We own our 500 gallon tank and each August we call the local suppliers for a price quote. Usually find the price at .95 to 1.10 per gallon. If you call once heating season arrives or in the dead of winter (ouch) 2.00 or more per gallon. Only use 275 gallons a year as we keep thermostat low and burn wood in a Cozy Heat fireplace. Water heater and one cookstove used for canning are propane too.

Chris


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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287101
06/15/21 05:09 PM
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Run propane here our local mom and pop place has me on a keep full for $100 per month. I always have a 6 or 700 dollar credit balance. They do let my tank drop to about 30 or 40 in the spring and not fill it till the summer rates to save me money. I have a 750 gallon tank, I think. Great company to deal with.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287124
06/15/21 05:55 PM
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Propane will do nothing but go up as will all fuels and electric costs. Buy today as it will be higher tomorrow, thanks Joe.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: Rat Masterson] #7287160
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That's actually of good information about summer pricing. I'll look into a pre-paid situation in the near future. Thnks. I got really mad at the company that owned my tank back in the day. One of the things I got so mad about was thinking about people that were older and on a fixed income. That company was raping them and I'm sure they never questioned their bill.

Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287164
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You should live up here in the NortheastÖ.pre buy LAST Year was a steal @ 2.99 galÖÖlolÖand that was the 500 gal price too.


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Re: Pre buy propane [Re: learch] #7287240
06/15/21 08:45 PM
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I just contracted 490 gallons at $1.40 a gallon. That will get me through the winter.

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