Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 41
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by astonman The Good and Bad
I normally take my propane tanks to a local refill station. On one occasion when on one else was open, I had to buy a tank at the exchange station at my local HD.
Using the exchange is good in that it is quick and easy. Most refill stations near me close at 5 p.m. Exchange services are open far later hours. In addition refill stations will take your tank regardless of its condition.
Here's the downside. For one there is a price for the convenience of the service. You get roughly 15 lbs. of propane for slightly more than you would pay for 20 lbs. if you went to a refill station. Second while the exchange will take your tank regardless of its condition, the one you get in return may not be in the best condition either. The most important thing is for the tank to function properly but honestly, who wants a ratty looking tank in their nice grill. While I prefer to take my tanks to refill stations, I'm glad this service is available.
June 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by UnhappyCamper89523 Waste of Money
I had three different tanks from Amerigas. The are garbage. The valves on all three leaked so I lost most of the propane. Do yourself a favor and buy a new tank and just pay to have it filled. You will save money and frustration. Most of these tanks are very old.
October 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jay977 Worst
I would caution anyone from doing an exchange. I was stupid enough to do an exchange with a brand new tank I bought off HD. Received a beat up tank, connected it to the regulator and it is hissing and leaking gas at the valve. Now I am out of my brand new tank for a beat up leaking tank. I don’t even want to exchange it for another one. I think the best route is getting a brand new tank and having it filled at a propane service station.
I am guessing people use this exchange to ditch their aged, expired beat up tanks for a “conditioned” tank. Unfortunately it looks like they don’t condition and leak test these beat up tanks well enough.
I hope I can get my brand new tank back from them.
September 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gallo BBQ LOVER
I got one for 20 bucks filled up with exchange. I'll get it filled up at my local gas station for 15 bucks when it's out. I WIN!
September 25, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by washushae Leaks like a sieve
I exchanged a very old tank for one in Home Depots' exchange program. It is a 20# capacity tank. It might as well have been a 1# tank. I used it 3 times, maybe for a total of 40 minutes run time. I could always smell a little gas, but I'm out in the breeze and don't give it another thought. So yesterday I started to use the grill and it wouldn't stay lit, and I could still smell gas. So I struck the striker down near the valve and the thing burst into flames. I got it put out with a shirt that was handy, and yes, this probably wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done. So thinking it might be the old regulator and line, I go to H.D. and buy a new one. The whole apparatus still leaks like a sieve! The thing is, I won't trust another Amerigas tank. Buy a decent one that's NEW folks, and stay away from these exchange programs. Get it completely filled someplace, and it'll last a long long time.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pappy Kiosk works great! & 34# tank weight!
First time for me to try the exchange at the kiosk (self serve) and I was a little apprehensive. But it was very easy to do in just a minute or two. It says you get 15# of gas but I weighed mine and it was more than a pound over. Total weight was nearly 34 pounds. That works for me!!
July 1, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by thedownwardmachine Here are the facts
Here are the facts:
A "20# cylinder" is called that because that is its "maximum safe capacity". That is the most propane it can safely contain. This accounts for the 20% gas space which allows for expansion.
One gallon of propane weighs 4.24#.
Therefore, a 20# cylinder filled to "maximum safe capacity" will contain (20# / 4.24gal/#) = 4.7 gallons of propane.
If you take a propane tank to a service station and fill it "all the way", you will leave with 4.7 gallons in your tank, because they will not fill the tank beyond its "maximum safe capacity". At this point, the tank is "full".
A typical empty "20# cylinder" weighs around 17#.
Therefore, a "full 20# cylinder" weighs around (17# + 20#) = 37#.
This Amerigas cylinder weighs 32#.
Therefore, this Amerigas cylinder gives you (32# - 17#) = 15# of propane.
Given that a "full" cylinder can hold 20# of propane, and the Amerigas cylinder gives you 15#, the Amerigas cylinder is being sold at (15# / 20#) = 75% "full".
May 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Seriously Still waiting
Great idea. Too bad when I enter the code a locker containing an empty tank opens up. Waiting 20 minutes to exchange is ridiculous!! I've already turned away 3 would be customers!!! You're welcome!
May 8, 2016