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Blue Rhino does this $3 rebate every year, and I use it every year. This year's form says it expires 12/31/2011, so maybe they are cutting back to one rebate every two years, or it is a mistake.

Link to $3 rebate coupon.


Another rebate of $20 on new tank purchase without exchange at Lowes only.

Link to $20 rebate on new tank purchase

An alternative to buying a new tank with the $20 coupon is by finding an old one at the curb, and exchanging it at WalMart. I have always found WalMart to be willing to exchange any tank regardless of age, old style valve, rust, etc.

In my area WalMart is generally the cheapest for blue rhino exchanges, but I have not checked this year's prices.

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Why cannot I search out the Blue Rhino propane tank? what is the sku number?

drnyer (Sep. 12, 2010 @ 9:32p) |

keep in mind, blue rhino short changes you a few pounds of fuel on their "full" tanks (even more do than what the opd va... (more)

arribasn (Sep. 12, 2010 @ 9:55p) |

damn it, my local lowes charged me $49. Greedy bastard!

drnyer (Sep. 18, 2010 @ 12:08p) |

$20 rebate on new tank purchase

YOU MUST PERFORM THE FOLLOWING TO RECEIVE YOUR REBATE:

1. Before you move, drop your current propane tank beside a Blue Rhino
tank exchange display at a participating Blue Rhino retailer before
December 31, 2010.

2. After you move, purchase a Blue Rhino propane tank from Loweís and
complete this form in its entirety. Exchange transaction not eligible for this
discount. Must buy a Blue Rhino tank with no exchange (Item #7383).

3. Return this completed form with your original Loweís sales receipt in a
stamped envelope by January 31, 2011.
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interesting, i've been wanting to have a backup for my grill....that is one scary loading pdf file though...thanks OP

also, it says dec 31 2010 on the buy a new one option...

Thanks OP! Any idea how much Blue Rhino tanks cost new?

dougneb said: Thanks OP! Any idea how much Blue Rhino tanks cost new?

I haven't checked out the cost of a new tank. I got my spare by finding an old one at the curb, and exchanging it at WalMart. I have always found WalMart to be willing to exchange any tank regardless of age, old style valve, rust, etc. So if you can find an old one this might be the cheaper route.

I wanna say 38.00 @ lowes but dont quote me on that...I assume that means unfilled? or filled? it costs me around 15.00 to get it filled, so getting a new one - rebate for 18.00 would be a nice deal...but if it was filled it would be a screaming deal.

pwiddy said: I wanna say 38.00 @ lowes but dont quote me on that...I assume that means unfilled? or filled? it costs me around 15.00 to get it filled, so getting a new one - rebate for 18.00 would be a nice deal...but if it was filled it would be a screaming deal.
Rebate offer is good only for after you move. Can I still use this rebate even though I don't want to move out???

lol yea i'm definitely not moving. I don't see mention in the rebate that says anything about proving you moved or anything..

i'm gonna head to lowes in a cpl hours i'll try to remember to post cost after I get it done.

edit***also, read on another forum to make sure the one you buy has a triangle shaped cutoff handle on it...evidentally BR made some that had a special nozzle tha thad to be refilled by them back in '06 or so (was when the thread in the forum I read it on was posted)...and the one I have at the house is BR and has triangle handle and surely can be refilled anywhere that has a service.

one more thing, this is surely thread capping but just spoke with my mom and mentioned that small herbs were b1g1 @ the local lowes in NC...so obviously YMMV but worth mentioning.

I hope that's a sarcastic question sardarji

what is original proof of purchase? They required that and original receipt

So you buy the tank empty and have to get it filled? So $38 + $15 - $18 = $35 for a new filled tank?

Green for the rebate, but for those who are interested in whether refills are generally a good deal or not:

Until I found a convenient nearby place that does refills for ~20, I always did the exchanges. Little did I realize that the exchange tanks are not filled to capacity. Instead of the 17 lbs of propane you can put into a tank they give you 14. That's a lot fewer hours of cooking for the same price.

Dammit, bought my first and only tank two days ago. Anyway, for those who asked it was $43 for a new tank and $18 for an exchange at Blue Rhino. That was at WM which was the cheapest of the few stores I called. My local grocery store wanted $58 for new so YMMV.

dg12345 said: ...it was $43 for a new tank and $18 for an exchange at Blue Rhino.

Thanks for the info dg. New tank filled?

is the $43 new tank filled?

bpydimer said: is the $43 new tank filled?

yes

The terms of the rebate don't seem to require any proof from an old tank drop off, so it looks like this would also work for a straight new tank purchase at Lowe's.

Well, I was trying to fiqure old tank drop off part...they don't say turn it in for form of anykind...so? Its not clear....anyone know how this works from experience? If so, run through the figures again..please

These tank exchange systems are a ripoff as they don't fill the tanks to capacity like they do at the local mom & pop type hardware store, or any of the rental stores. Not only is it usually more expensive than just having the tank refilled at the hardware store, they also don't fill it as much. These tank exchange systems make money off people not knowing they are being taken advantage of, or those simply to lazy to do it any other way. (like my father in law)

The only thing I use these tank exchange systems for is to exchange old/crappy/expired/damaged tanks or old tanks with old valves, for a newer certified one. Then I never return. When empty I just take the new tank to the local hardware store where they refill (to capacity) for $14. After 10 years or so, the tank will need to be re-inspected and certified. At this point, just take it back to one of the tank exchanges and trade it in for a new certified tank again. Rinse, repeat every 10 years or so.

The best is to get the new one from COSTCO at $28 and BJ's/Costco both for refill $13 of course not the blue rhino brand but works same.

Can't I buy the one from Lowe's for $43 - 10% Military discount - $18 rebate = $20.70 and tax and use up more Lowe's GCs and then fill it at BJ's or CostCo for $13 when it is empty (as long as the cutoff handle is triangle shaped)?

Pics of the good and bad cutoff handles would rock. I'm not sure what I'm looking for or I would have done this already.

dealencyclopedia said: The best is to get the new one from COSTCO at $28 and BJ's/Costco both for refill $13 of course not the blue rhino brand but works same.

Or $26.22 from Sam's Club. I prefer my own tank. Your not overpaying for the fills and you know the tanks condition.

dealencyclopedia said: The best is to get the new one from COSTCO at $28 and BJ's/Costco both for refill $13 of course not the blue rhino brand but works same.

I guess... refill @BJ's is $17

Thanks, just did a refill today.

Itís usually a heck of a lot cheaper to just refill it at the local gas station. Refills usually run me just over $12 - $3 gal * 4 Gallons (what a 20# tank holds).

I only use exchanges when my tank starts to look ratty or gets close to the expiration date. I usually get a few bad looks when I present my old tank and start picking through the tanks looking for one that is in good shape and has a recent manufacture date.

I also have two tanks, one as a standby, as there is nothing worse then running out of LP when you are cooking something. This way you donít need to do exchanges because itís Sunday and local gas station canít fill your tank because they donít have someone to do it.

How much did you pay for a gallon? I check Uhaul prices and they vary from 2.30 to 3.90 ??? go figure!?!! Go to their website and check the prices from store to store.




nneelix said: Itís usually a heck of a lot cheaper to just refill it at the local gas station. Refills usually run me just over $12 - $3 gal * 4 Gallons (what a 20# tank holds).

I only use exchanges when my tank starts to look ratty or gets close to the expiration date. I usually get a few bad looks when I present my old tank and start picking through the tanks looking for one that is in good shape and has a recent manufacture date.

I also have two tanks, one as a standby, as there is nothing worse then running out of LP when you are cooking something. This way you donít need to do exchanges because itís Sunday and local gas station canít fill your tank because they donít have someone to do it.

WalMart has the exchange for just over $18.

The big truckstops are often a cheap place to get propane - Flyers, TA etc.

FlyingJ Fuel Prices

I did this rebate last year - just bought a new, full tank from Lowes and sent in the rebate form and proof of purchase. Took a couple months, but got the $20. I wanted it for a spare in case I ran out while cooking. Don't remember the exact cost of the new, full tank, but it was like getting a free refill.

I did this exchange actual lowes price for new blue rhino tank is $48.99 all lowes have same price go buy online a $10 off $50 lowes coupon get a filler for $1.01. makes this deal better.

interesting read.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/bbq/msg031613123088.html

$3 Rebate - 50 cent stamp to mail - 50 cent stamp inside with rebate = $2...pass.

I price matched to WalMart $43 and got it for $39. Lowes has 110% Price Guarantee.

I just double checked and Blue Rhino is now only filling their tanks to 15 lbs (that's down from 16 a few years ago) A properly filled tanks can hold significant more before the overfill valve kicks in.

Fat8Wallet said: interesting read.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/bbq/msg031613123088.html


Hank Hill will not be pleased with this..

sivartk said: $3 Rebate - 50 cent stamp to mail - 50 cent stamp inside with rebate = $2...pass.

I don't see anywhere in the $3 rebate pdf that it says you need to send an extra stamp in the envelope.

jesus christ, everyting is getting expensive. I remember I can get a refill for less $10 at my local beat up gas station.

sardarji said: pwiddy said: I wanna say 38.00 @ lowes but dont quote me on that...I assume that means unfilled? or filled? it costs me around 15.00 to get it filled, so getting a new one - rebate for 18.00 would be a nice deal...but if it was filled it would be a screaming deal.
Rebate offer is good only for after you move. Can I still use this rebate even though I don't want to move out???

I don't want to move either, but $20 is $20

I have an old old skool rusted tank and really need an updated verion!

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READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY OR EXCHANGE TANKS

PS: That BBQ ribeye is gonna cost you a lot of money cheapskate.

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I had posted this information on the Appliances forum in a thread about gas grills. Thought I would post it here as well for reference.
Beware if you plan to use the Blue Rhino tank exchange service for buying propane. Blue Rhino is installing valves on their tanks that can only be refilled by Blue Rhino, meaning that you will be locked into their tank-for-tank service, and won't be able to get the tank refilled at your local propane dealer.

I noticed this because I was in the process of exchanging a non-OPD tank for an OPD tank through Blue Rhino at my local Sears Hardware. I also needed a different connection; mine was the sliding sleeve quick connect connection that Weber was selling. I had bought a new regulator from Weber with a twist-quick connect, and needed a tank with that valve.

I was fortunate and noticed on the label on the tank sleeve that the tank was to be refilled by Blue Rhino only. Turns out that is a requirement, not a request.

Blue Rhino is not only installing OPD valves, they are installing their OWN proprietary OPD valves, called Tri-Safe II valves. You can identify a TSII valve by the little triangular indentation on the side of the valve. In order to get flow IN to a TS2 valve, a magnetic key must be inserted into the indentation to hold a steel ball out of the way.

A guy named Mark Sharp received a letter from Blue Rhino confirming this information. Here's the text of the letter he received:

"Blue Rhino is the leader in the industry for providing the safest tanks on the market. Some, but not all of our tanks have a special safety device that prevents the refill by anyone other than a Blue Rhino specialist. They are called TS2 cylinders. The reason we designed them is simple. It's for the safety of our consumers!! We stand behind our product. We know how our cylinders are filled and that the highest level of accuracy and safety checks are performed. When our consumers take our cylinders and have them filled elsewhere, we cannot be liable or guarantee the safety of that cylinder. If your tank is not properly filled, damage to your valve can result, which can prevent it from performing properly.

Our business is propane cylinder exchange. We recommend that our customers only exchange because of the safety/liability issues associated with someone else filling our tanks. However, you, as a consumer, are free to fill your cylinder if you wish. Not all of our tanks offer the special safety feature. The way to identify the special TS2 valve tanks that cannot be filled is easy. If your tank valve has a small triangular indention on the side, then it is "tamper" protected. If you prefer to have a tank that can be filled by anyone, take that tank back to any Blue Rhino retailer and exchange it for one that does not have the triangular indention.

For liability reasons, if you choose to refill your tank, please remember to remove the plastic sleeve before having it refilled.

I hope this information helps."

Don't confuse the new OPD valves with the triangular handle with the Blue Rhino-only TS2 OPD valves, also with the triangular handle, but also the little triangular indentation on the SIDE of the valve.

All Blue Rhino tanks now have OPDs and the new three-sided valve handles. (Overfill Protection Device, a float-based device inside the tank)

*NOT* all Blue Rhino tanks have (yet) been retrofitted with TS2 valves.

So there is a chance that you can find (or end up with by chance) a tank from Blue Rhino that is OPD and is refillable at your local propane dealer. But you need to look for the telltale TS2 indention to be sure.

On final bit of information. There are several reports on the net that the tanks filled by Blue Rhino only have 17.5 lbs of propane, not 20. I'm not sure of this. Or whether this is an OPD phenomenon due to possible void space left in the tank by the float interlock. But I thought I'd pass it along as well.


Tank info linky poo poo


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damn it, my local lowes charged me $49. Greedy bastard!

ridn4free said: bpydimer said: is the $43 new tank filled?

yes



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