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Blue Rhino
« on: November 22, 2011, 05:27:24 AM »
This probably belongs in the general homebrewing, but I figured I'd stick it here.

For years we complained on rcb, well, maybe I complained, about Blue Rhino not giving 20lb fills on their exchanges. It appears a class action lawsuit is moving forward. If you have documentation you can receive compensation up to $150. Since no one keeps records that long the payout is $7.50.

I guess that's acceptable since I only got taken once by them.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 06:15:08 AM »
And what used to be an 18# fill has now gone down further to 15#. Only 3/4 of a full tank, but they're not the only ones doing it.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 08:07:31 AM »
I used them one time and wasn't sure there was anything in the tank.  The clerk gave me an empty one to compare with so I knew it had at least enough to finish brewing my beer but that's the last time I used them.  I buy from the propane jobber every time now.
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 08:17:20 AM »
I've always had an issue with giving my nice, well cared for and purchased brand new tank away in exchange for a tank of unknown age or condition.  I have a couple of fill places to choose from close to home so I use them exclusively.

Exchange stations like Blue Rhino haven't ever made me feel comfortable with just exchanging my tanks.  I don't do CO2 exchanges either.  It's my nice shiny tank, why would I want that scraped, scratched, and corroded one?

It's probably just me.  Glad to hear people will get at least some compensation though.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 10:28:48 AM »
I always get my propane filled at Pacer, they supply the places I used to buy from so I cut out the middle man and saved money.  It's 3 blocks further, but hidden back in an industrial area. ::)  Right near my welding gas place though. :)

I only exchange propane in an emergency, because they rip you off on the fill and charge too much.  I exchange my CO2 preferentially because they fill the tank and charge a decent price, and I don't have to come back in a couple of days.

If the CO2 place filled on the spot for a good price I might not exchange, but that's not the way it works here.  Nobody fills at their location, they send it all to a central place (that is too far for me to conveniently go to).

They also exchange propane tanks at the CO2 place, but I get it cheaper at the propane place.
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 01:58:17 PM »
I always get my propane filled at Pacer, they supply the places I used to buy from so I cut out the middle man and saved money.  It's 3 blocks further, but hidden back in an industrial area. ::)  Right near my welding gas place though. :)

I only exchange propane in an emergency, because they rip you off on the fill and charge too much.  I exchange my CO2 preferentially because they fill the tank and charge a decent price, and I don't have to come back in a couple of days.

If the CO2 place filled on the spot for a good price I might not exchange, but that's not the way it works here.  Nobody fills at their location, they send it all to a central place (that is too far for me to conveniently go to).

They also exchange propane tanks at the CO2 place, but I get it cheaper at the propane place.

We have one place in town, a dive shop, that will fill CO2 while you wait.  The guy who runs it is (I'll be charitable) a bit disagreeable.  I find the nice, happy and friendly atmosphere of the fire supplies place far out weighs the need to go back in a few days to pick up the tank over getting b!@#ed at about my "apparently illegal" activities.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2011, 02:08:02 PM »
We have one place in town, a dive shop, that will fill CO2 while you wait.  The guy who runs it is (I'll be charitable) a bit disagreeable.  I find the nice, happy and friendly atmosphere of the fire supplies place far out weighs the need to go back in a few days to pick up the tank over getting b!@#ed at about my "apparently illegal" activities.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2011, 02:20:04 PM »
We have one place in town, a dive shop, that will fill CO2 while you wait.  The guy who runs it is (I'll be charitable) a bit disagreeable.  I find the nice, happy and friendly atmosphere of the fire supplies place far out weighs the need to go back in a few days to pick up the tank over getting b!@#ed at about my "apparently illegal" activities.

Draft beer is illegal!? New one every day...

There are other certainly illegal uses for CO2. but it is funny that the guy will b&^*h at you for supposed illegal activities while taking your money. pick a side!
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2011, 02:23:36 PM »
We have one place in town, a dive shop, that will fill CO2 while you wait.  The guy who runs it is (I'll be charitable) a bit disagreeable.  I find the nice, happy and friendly atmosphere of the fire supplies place far out weighs the need to go back in a few days to pick up the tank over getting b!@#ed at about my "apparently illegal" activities.

Draft beer is illegal!? New one every day...

There are other certainly illegal uses for CO2. but it is funny that the guy will b&^*h at you for supposed illegal activities while taking your money. pick a side!

That was my feeling.  Believe what you'd like but either kick me out or smile and thank me for the business.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 02:33:18 PM »
I refill my propane at Sothern States for 10.99. On a rare occasion, I'll exchange a tank but it costs more to do that (about $18). I would like to switch to NG at some point.
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011, 02:37:47 PM »
We have one place in town, a dive shop, that will fill CO2 while you wait.  The guy who runs it is (I'll be charitable) a bit disagreeable.  I find the nice, happy and friendly atmosphere of the fire supplies place far out weighs the need to go back in a few days to pick up the tank over getting b!@#ed at about my "apparently illegal" activities.

Draft beer is illegal!? New one every day...

There are other certainly illegal uses for CO2. but it is funny that the guy will b&^*h at you for supposed illegal activities while taking your money. pick a side!

That was my feeling.  Believe what you'd like but either kick me out or smile and thank me for the business.

Paul

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I feel the same way. Sell it to me with sincere appreciation or tell me to leave, but don't take my money and b**** about it.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011, 02:53:11 PM »
I'm glad I switched from 5 gal batches to 3 gal batches.  Now I can brew on my stove!
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 02:53:33 PM »
There's nothing that makes me more angry than to go to a specialty shop to buy a repair part and have the guy selling it start lecturing me on how there are "people in the business" that do this for a living.
Huh?  Isn't that like someone at the grocery store complaining that you're putting restaurants out of business?
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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011, 02:55:23 PM »
There's nothing that makes me more angry than to go to a specialty shop to buy a repair part and have the guy selling it start lecturing me on how there are "people in the business" that do this for a living.
Huh?  Isn't that like someone at the grocery store complaining that you're putting restaurants out of business?

Not much different.

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Re: Blue Rhino
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2011, 11:46:30 PM »
In Hilo they do propane exchanges at Walmart and the Home Depot.  The price has not changed for the exchange in several years - $19.95.  However, the price of propane refills has gone WAY up in the same time.  Most places here refill and charge by volume - $5.60/gallon.  So it makes sense that if the exchange price remains the same while the cost of propane goes up, the volume of propane in the exchanged tank goes down.

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