Refill Propane Tank vs Blue Rhino Exchange in 2020

 Thu Nov 05, 2020, last updated Thu Mar 24, 2022 -  Jim Deibele

There’s an excellent article   that goes deep into the specifics of refilling your tank versus just exchanging it for a different Blue Rhino[1] tank.

The article was written in 2013 but pretty much everything holds up. The price of propane has actually gone down in 2020 to less than $2/gallon  

Basically it comes down to this:

Do you want to refill your tank and save $8$11?


Would you rather go to a nearby store and just exchange tanks?

See my article on old propane tanks for more on the topic.

  1. Blue Rhino is the dominant tank exchange company in Portland, available at Walmart, Lowes, Kroger, Walgreens, etc. The only other company that I’ve seen is AmeriGas at Home Depot.