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    Default CAMPERS: Propane, where's cheap?/charges by weight/etc...

    Post your finds, who fills and charges based on actual weight? who is the cheapest per lb/per fill/per exchange? (obviously Calgary based, but other towns/campgrounds would be fine to post)


    I like to exchange when i have old tanks, beats having them re-certified or buying a new tank,,, I think i saw a walmart at $20.88 for exchange, which is the cheapest i have seen for exchange, but i cant recall 100% so i will have to check again next time i am at the location i think i saw it at.

    Also Costco has new 20LB tanks with built in gauge for $35


    Info Gathered from the thread:
    Costco Beacon hills, by the talk only, net 18lbs, $7.99+tax
    Costco Okotoks, Balzac, Red Deer, East hills fill by the lb, maximum $11.00ish per tank (fluctuates like gasoline)

    Costco Others - Listed on the costco website as having propane services, but i dont know their pricing. Grand Prairie, St Albert, South Edmnton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat.

    Co-op fills by lb $1.10/lb
    Fill-N-Go Edmonton trail & 38th - also fills by the LB Price $?
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    Co-op has been pretty good for me, but I think the cheapest is the fill-n-go on edmonton trail around 38th avenue NE.
    https://goo.gl/maps/8jOZb

    How are you going through a bottle per night? Are you talking about winter camping, or just cold summer nights in the mountains? I found that for those "down to frost line" nights in Kananaskis, I was using a pound of propane night or less.

    Do you have 30 lb tanks? Might be worth the upgrade.

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    Originally posted by ExtraSlow
    Co-op has been pretty good for me, but I think the cheapest is the fill-n-go on edmonton trail around 38th avenue NE.
    https://goo.gl/maps/8jOZb

    How are you going through a bottle per night? Are you talking about winter camping, or just cold summer nights in the mountains? I found that for those "down to frost line" nights in Kananaskis, I was using a pound of propane night or less.

    Do you have 30 lb tanks? Might be worth the upgrade.
    I was out already a couple times this year, web have a hybrid, so not exactly well insulated, and 2 kids, so we cant just tough it out, gotta be a reasonable temp... also running it set a bit lower during the day.. so i guess it's a day/night that burns a bottle.

    Also, as i mentioned it's probably 1/4-1/2 full when i swap it in the evening because i don't wanna wake up frozen or have to go outside to change the tanks.


    Also with modern regulators, a leak is almost impossible, if it senses a draw on the system when you turn the bottle on, it'll cripple the flow and the furnace wont even work.


    As for 30lb tanks, it's not really an option for me, already enough tongue weight with the 4 batteries, lol, also i am not sure if the bed would be able to fold out with the extra height of 30's/
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    Originally posted by adam c

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    Hybrid and leaving it on during the day is what's doing it. If it was me, I'd have it on for an hour in the morning, then turn it off for the rest of the day and turn it on again after supper at night. Electric heater is a great idea if you normally camp in powered sites.

    You can get decent 1500w heaters from Princess auto and other places for under $50.
    Another option for bedtimes is electric blankets.
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    Originally posted by ExtraSlow
    Hybrid and leaving it on during the day is what's doing it. If it was me, I'd have it on for an hour in the morning, then turn it off for the rest of the day and turn it on again after supper at night. Electric heater is a great idea if you normally camp in powered sites.

    You can get decent 1500w heaters from Princess auto and other places for under $50.
    Another option for bedtimes is electric blankets.
    yeah i definitely take advantage of powered sites, but the last few times was a friends acreage so i don't want to burn their power with a ceramic... i know i don't have the best practices for use of propane (kids and wife like to be warm) so that's why the point of this thread is filling the tanks in the most economical way possible.
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    Costco is the cheapest @ $8.39 flat rate for a 20 lb tank, $11 for the 30's. But be aware they will only fill it to 18 net lbs. (80%)
    Co Op sells it by the pound @ $1.10/lb.
    Forget the tank exchange program. Again they only fill partial and have been as low as 15 lbs...and a price of around $27.00. Plus you might bring your nice brand new tank and get a shitty 9 yr old tank in exchange.

    How on earth do you go through a bottle a night?!!!! We have two 30's on our trailer but even in October, with snow on the ground and negative Temps at night, with the furnace blasting almost continously, those two tanks will last us 10 days easy. We've never run out.
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    Originally posted by C_Dave45
    Costco is the cheapest @ $8.39 flat rate for a 20 lb tank, $11 for the 30's. But be aware they will only fill it to 18 net lbs. (80%)
    Co Op sells it by the pound @ $1.10/lb.
    Forget the tank exchange program. Again they only fill partial and have been as low as 15 lbs...and a price of around $27.00. Plus you might bring your nice brand new tank and get a shitty 9 yr old tank in exchange.
    Yeah i only really use the exchange when my tank is old, that way it's like $7 for a recertification.. also when i tank exchange, i pick the new one (there's a petro canada near my work that the staff is lazy and just give me the cage key and i exchange it myself), i dont let them give me whatever.

    great info for costco, thanks!
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    Fill-n-go is your best bet. Also probably worth getting a tank gauge so you don't have to fill or exchange early.
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    Originally posted by ExtraSlow
    Fill-n-go is your best bet. Also probably worth getting a tank gauge so you don't have to fill or exchange early.
    yeah i also have a gauge, but their accuracy, is far from... accurate.. they're good for telling you there's something, or nothing, anything in between is a crap shoot. Like i said before, i know my practices are not ideal, more looking to make a bit of a database on prices, and places, than look for efficiency, i know there are a lot of things i could do differently.
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    the stick-on type gauges are pretty simple and accurate.
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    I live way down south and the cheapest I've found in that area is Centex in Midnapore... The last time I was there it was about $15 to fill my 20lb tank. Not sure if they sell it per pound or based on the tank size as the tank was empty when I had it filled... I wish the south or Okotoks Costco offered propane!

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    Originally posted by ExtraSlow
    Fill-n-go is your best bet. Also probably worth getting a tank gauge so you don't have to fill or exchange early.
    That's why I like Co Op. Charge by the pound. So when heading out camping, we'll top up both tanks, no matter how full or empty they are. Sometimes I've only needed 5 lbs and it's just $5.50 to fill it up
    Never have to worry what level the tanks are at.

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    Originally posted by C_Dave45

    That's why I like Co Op. Charge by the pound. So when heading out camping, we'll top up both tanks, no matter how full or empty they are. Sometimes I've only needed 5 lbs and it's just $5.50 to fill it up
    Never have to worry what level the tanks are at.
    that that's kinda what i am thinking, but then at the same time if costco is only $9 to fill, a half full tank is the tipping point in terms of value... (assuming you have a membership)
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    These guys http://www.tempheat.ca/ were pretty cheap the last time I check at least when it came to buying odd size tanks and filling them.

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    Just filled up 2 tanks at Costco, 7.99 each, beacon hills.
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    I don't understand camping with propane. Only wood.
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