oros35 wrote:I ran into something similar. Bougtht a house with an underground tank. Went to get it filled and found out that it was leased tank, just happened to go to the company that leased it to the previous owner and they had record of it.
They want me to pay a lease fee (or get a fill up every year to waive the fee, but I only use 1/2 tank or less a year) My arguement that has stood up so far is I bought the house with an abandoned tank on the property, so it is now mine. I never signed a lease with them. At least once a year I get a bill and have to call and argue it though. I've told them if you really want your tank back come and get it, dig it up. (but you better be prepared to leave the ground as good or better condition than when you left) I really don't need a tank that size. House used to have propane heat, but not anymore. It is nice not to worry about filling it though.
Yeah, I didn't want to get stuck in one of those leasing deals, because everything I've read on that said if you lease a tank from someone, you're locked into having them be your only supplier...so they can control the cost of the propane. I want to be able to shop it around. So if this process resulted in us hooking up with someone who leased a tank to this address, we were going to go with buying our own tank and just finding out what the cost would be to get this big old clunker of a tank removed.
I'm pretty happy with this local supplier for oil though. Every time I shop around with their prices, I find out that they're reasonable. So I'm hoping it's the same with their propane pricing.
We've also got a coal stove in this house and the first 2 winters of living here, we've been testing the cost of heating with coal vs oil. Haven't told the oil supplier yet, but we're switching back to coal only this winter. Even though the electric bill shoots up in February, it's still cheaper to use coal than oil. Plus the coal supply is local, so I don't have to worry about any bad storms interrupting the supply of oil from the gulf. We're in Monroe County PA. Does anyone know a decent cost for bagged rice anthracite around here? Will probably need 2-3 tons to get through the winter. Delivery truck can't get to the window where the coal bin is set up, so if we get loose coal they just dump it in our driveway and we have to shovel it into buckets and wheel it into the coal bin through a finished room in the basement. NOT fun and messy. With bagged, I'm hoping we can get them to put it into the garage on skids for us.