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Ljubitca Apr 23, 2007 02:19 PM

Were does one go to fill their propane tank in Brooklyn - we live in Carroll Gardens? I am not talking about the swtich for another tank kind this is a weber tank that gets filled when empty. Thanks.

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    gpcohen Apr 23, 2007 02:41 PM

    Are you sure you cannot disconnect the tank? Unlikely you can get a propane delivery. Typically, you bring your empty canister and they give you a full one.
    Just below Hamilton Avenue in Red Hook:
    Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supply Inc www.libertygases.com
    600 Smith St, Brooklyn, 11231

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    1. re: gpcohen
      Ljubitca Apr 23, 2007 06:24 PM

      You can disconnect the tank but it gets filled it does not get switched as stated. In NJ where we used to live there was a guy who had propane that would fill it - does the place above fill? I guess I should check it out.

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      jdf Apr 23, 2007 03:36 PM

      I believe Home Depot or Lowe's would do it.

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      1. re: jdf
        Ljubitca Apr 23, 2007 06:24 PM

        Home depot and lowes only switch they do not fill.

        1. re: Ljubitca
          jen kalb Apr 23, 2007 06:35 PM

          they all switch - forget about getting your nice pretty tank back in Brooklyn - I dont think they are allowed to do it that way. And its not legal to carry the propane over the bridges to Jersey.

          Liberty is ok.

          1. re: jen kalb
            Moley Apr 23, 2007 07:39 PM

            Try a plumbing supply store

            1. re: jen kalb
              Ljubitca Apr 23, 2007 07:50 PM

              I would never call a propane tank pretty. I will call Liberty. Thanks.

        2. Cheese Boy Apr 24, 2007 08:16 AM

          Stew Leonard's refills tanks. They don't switch, IIRC. As luck might have it, no Brooklyn location. If you're up for a drive, they're worth a visit with the kids (or even solo). Stew's has good quality meats for grilling and might prove to be worth your while.

          Link 1: http://www.stewleonards.com/

          Link 2: http://www.yelp.com/biz/m7LjeJvqPHj8G...

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          1. re: Cheese Boy
            jfood Apr 24, 2007 09:23 AM

            I might be a little reluctant to travel with a propane tank to Stews.

            We have a Weber and finally just decided the swap out is the way to go. In CT, some garden stores have propane, some hardware stores as well. I think the Blue Rhino guys are doing a great job of putting the bring and fill market out of business. I also keep a spare on hand. Just remember the firsat rule of grilling, You will run out of gas when the best cut of meat is on the grill.

          2. Bob Martinez Apr 24, 2007 09:15 AM

            The sad news is that all the places in New York switch tanks. Something about true propane filling stations being against NYC fire laws. If you've got a car there are loads of places in Nassau county that will do this for you. Lots of gas stations have filling stations besides hardware stores and garden centers. The same is true for New Jersey.

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            1. re: Bob Martinez
              Woodside Al Apr 24, 2007 09:47 AM

              Propane refilling is against NYC fire codes (as is having propane tanks other than the 16.4 oz disposables in or near a residence, or storing more than 2 of these tanks inside any space not permitted for their use, or grilling within 10ft. of a structure, but we'll ignore all that for now). As someone else noted, transporting propane tanks to New Jersey is also illegal, since it is against the law to take them over bridges or through tunnels. As Bob suggests, Nassau County may be your best bet. Oh, but you should be careful to obey all traffic laws and avoid the police, since it is also illegal to transport propane in a vehicle in NYC without a permit.

            2. Peter Apr 24, 2007 09:43 AM

              If you're car-free there's a place that will come to your home and swap out the tanks.

              It was $30 last year vs. the $15 or so it costs to go to Home Depot or Liberty.

              If you only go through a tank or two a year or don't have a car or just value your time enough not to want to have to deal with the hassle, it's not that much more.

              The number is 718-788-4331


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              1. re: Peter
                flbart82 May 5, 2007 09:09 AM

                I tried that number and got one of the rudest people I have ever spoken to. They will not deliver to the Williamsburg area. Also, why does their business not have a name?

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                  Peter May 10, 2007 06:00 PM

                  Yeah, they could use some training when it comes to manners. And I don't know why they don't have a name.

                  All I know is that I call, schedule a swap, leave an empty canister in front of my house under a an upside-down trashcan with the cash in an envelope taped to the canister...

                  Esoteric? Yes. Convenient? Yes! Does it work? Like a charm -- gas is gas, no?

              2. Ljubitca May 5, 2007 02:27 PM

                Michele at Liberty emailed me and said they would swap a filled tank with a container that would match mine. Now I doubt that but its worth a try.

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                  rich in stl May 5, 2007 02:35 PM

                  Do you have an older performer with the 5 pound tank? I have a newer performer - uses a disposible tank.

                  Anyway in St Louis I get my tanks filled at U-Haul, the rental folks - I wonder if that is an option in B'klyn - otherwise I would let my fingers do the walking thru the Yellow Pages.

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                  1. re: rich in stl
                    Ljubitca Jul 14, 2007 07:19 AM

                    The grill is only 2 years old - something about the look of the tank tells me its not disposable. When the time comes its nice to see that there are options.

                  2. ChickWithBrains Aug 7, 2007 07:06 AM

                    The number above still works, and there's a more friendly woman who answers the phone now. $57 gets you a tank delivered to your door without needing an old empty one to give back; $32 gets you a tank swap (you give them the empty, they give you the full). They deliver the same day or next day most of the time. No problems so far, and now our grill area can be mosquito free!

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                    1. re: ChickWithBrains
                      Tay Aug 11, 2007 04:02 AM

                      You might want to check with 311 as to whether or not this CO has the required permits, especially if you are not home and they leave a tank for you. There are very stiff fines and possibly worse for transporting and possibly participating in the transportation and accepance, (even more so these days). of substances requiring permits. Hopefully, they have the requireed carry permits. We drop ours off at a place on SI and they take them to NJ to be filled, If someone has a new tank and they're willing to wait until the next day, they will tag, refill and return your own tank. Otherwise, they will swap an empty for a full...

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                      FAL Aug 11, 2007 03:46 AM

                      Check out Home Depot. I know they carry propane.

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