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    Question Best time of year to purchase propane?

    Or more specifically, would now be better than the end of summer to fill up the big tank?
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    I've always purchased on the pre-buy plans at the end of summer. The folks at Amerigas told me years ago that that's usually when the price is the lowest. With the craziness of price fluctuations now, I'd call around and ask the opinions of several different propane companies to see what they have to say.
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    Is there such a thing as a good time?

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    It won't be cheaper than it is today.

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    I bought mine already!

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    We are buying ours next month on the suggestions of a couple of friends of ours who work for MFA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwindcome View Post
    It won't be cheaper than it is today.
    How do you know that, SWC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBee View Post
    How do you know that, SWC?
    I know it's a different product, but the price of crude is consistently rising now. As the recession eases demand for petroleum will increase and so will prices. Right this moment is the lowest demand period for propane all year. It is used extensively for drying grain, and that season starts soon. Then of course comes the heating season.

    All of that is conventional wisdom. I don't have a source.

    I paid $1.50 on June 3d. A nearby friend paid $2.53 last year. Buy now.

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    I paid $1.99 a gallon on March 12th. Yep - I'd say that it would probably be a good idea to buy now. Do you have any idea what the going rate is at this time, AT?
    I normally get the pre-buy, but circumstances kept me from doing that this year. If I had the extra cash and the prices were at their lowest, I'd certainly invest in locking in the price right now.
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    Here is the gummint website (copy and past) for crude/refined/propane data. They don't collect propane price info in the off season (now), but they have historical demand graphs that would indicate that mid-summer is the low demand time.

    http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/twip/twip.asp

    Tuesday we filled both tanks. $1.49/gal from Ozark Mtn Propane, $1.69/gal from Amerigas.

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