traderfjp wrote:. I have a propane tank for cooking and pay around 5.00 a gallon but only get it filled once a year so I have no reference. .
Propane is going for about 1.75 Gallon, of course if you pay 5 Dollars a gallon, is like having to pay 8 Dollars or so per gallon of gas, and yes, that is expensive !
I'll take propane over oil anyday, oil has more btu's per gallon ( 140.000 versus 90.000 ) but propane burns cleaner, does not contaminate the soil if it leaks, and you don't need to rely on pumps or gravity to get it to your heater, propane furnaces/boilers are less costly than oil furnaces/boilers and require almost no yearly service , and you can obtain a variety of appliances to run on propane : Cooking stove, gas dryer, lanterns, heaters, hot water heaters and tankless heaters, you may even have more option for more savings, if you own your own propane tanks, and don't forget propane does not freeze in low temperature and does not require any stabilizer.
Of course you can not compare the cost of propane to coal when it comes to heat, if you have a coal stove as a heat source, you pay almost half what you would pay if you use propane !