Does Walmart Refill Propane Tanks (With 6 Filling Stations)

Does Walmart Refill Propane Tanks

Have you ever wondered if Walmart refills propane tanks? Look no more. We´ve got you covered.

Does Walmart Refill Propane Tanks?

Walmart does not refill propane tanks. However, they do offer propane tank exchanges. Many of these propane tank exchange services are offered 24/7. This means you can easily trade your old, empty propane tank for a full tank.

Walmart offers propane tank exchanges for different brands. The brands offered at your Walmart location may vary.

However, there is flexibility for exchanging propane tanks. You do not need to trade a Blue Rhino propane tank if you want to pick up a Blue Rhino propane tank.

Refilling vs Exchanging Tanks

There are subtle differences between refilling and exchanging tanks. Ultimately, the result is the same: you go to Walmart with an empty tank, and you walk away with a full tank.

When you refill a tank, you will go to a large propane tank and fill your tank from there. Some filling stations will instead refill your propane tank for you.

You then pay for it and leave with the same propane tank you brought.

When you exchange a propane tank, you will not leave with the same tank you brought. Instead, you will trade your propane tank for a full one.

This means your propane may not be provided by the same company.

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What Brands of Propane Tanks does Walmart Exchange?

Walmart offers propane tank exchanges through both AmeriGas and Blue Rhino. You will just need to find a Walmart store that sells propane tanks.

Simply search for stores in your area, and if you are unsure of whether or not they have propane tanks in stock, you can call to clarify.

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How Do You Exchange a Propane Tank?

1. Leave your propane tank outside the store, either in your vehicle or near the door. This is important for keeping everyone in the Walmart store safe.

2. Talk to the cashier and explain you would like to purchase a propane tank exchange. You will likely need to pay at this point before you pick up the propane tank.

3. Work with an employee to complete the exchange. You will need to give them your empty propane tank, and they will help you collect a full propane tank and take it to your vehicle.

How Much Does It Cost to Exchange a Propane Tank at Walmart?

The price of propane can vary based on several factors including location and current demand for propane.

In general, at Walmart, it will cost around three dollars per gallon of propane to exchange propane tanks. This gives you a discount from the usual price of four to six dollars to purchase a new propane tank.

Filling Station

If you are not interested in exchanging your empty propane tank and you would rather refill your empty propane tank, you can do that at many filling stations.

Filling stations are also called gas stations in some parts of the world.

However, many propane filling stations are not just gas stations. Propane refills are popular at hardware stores and with companies that cater to RVs and campers.

Filling Stations that Refill Propane

Many filling stations are equipped to refill propane tanks. This is not an exhaustive list, and some particular locations may not offer refills, but it will give you a good start when looking for where to get more propane.

  • Texaco
  • Nomnom
  • U-Haul
  • Chevron
  • Costco
  • Ace Hardware


Texaco is a chain of gas stations that offers convenience stores, gas, and propane refills and exchanges. Texaco has over 2,000 locations and is located around the world.

Texaco started as The Texaco Company, which was then shortened to Texaco. In the early 2000s, Texaco merged with Chevron, though you will still find locations that are labeled only as Texaco.

To refill propane, you will need to find an attendant and have them refill your propane tank for you. Due to liability, most propane refilling stations will not let you refill the tanks by yourself.

Instead, you will need to work with an employee. They will then either give you a receipt or take you to the cashier to pay for your refill.


Nomnom is a regional gas station. It has locations in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, but it seems to be expanding. If you are in those areas, this is a great place to start looking for propane tank refills.

Nomnom is owned by Par Pacific. Par Pacific purchased many Cenex locations in the Pacific Northwest.

The stores both have similar selections, so if you are looking for a propane refill and you only have Cenex locations in your area, you may still be in luck.

Nomnom propane refills are not all provided by the same company. You may find Amerigas, Blue Rhino, or a local gas company.

The refill process at Nomnom is similar to that at Texaco. You will need to find an employee and have them refill your propane tank, then pay at the register.


U-haul offers many services. The company is most famous for its moving van, moving truck, and trailer rentals. They also offer many services for using those products easier. For example, many U-Haul locations will install a trailer hitch for you.

One of those lesser-known features that U-Haul offers is a propane tank refill.

There is a link on the U-Haul website to help you find a location that offers propane refills near you. U-haul stresses that you can save money by refilling rather than exchanging your propane tanks, so if you are looking for a budget-friendly option, this is a great place to start.

The U-Haul website also offers resources on safely using propane tanks and tips for maximizing your propane efficiency.

U-Haul locations that offer propane tank refills have an outdoor refilling station and a button to ask someone to refill the tank for you.

A unique feature of U-Haul’s propane tank refill stations is that you can pay at the pump, so there is no need to go inside and interact with a cashier.


Chevron is another gas station that offers propane tank refills. There are more than 7,800 Chevron locations in the United States alone, so it is easy to find a propane refill station near you.

Chevron bought Texaco in the early 2000s, so the process for refilling a propane tank at any Chevron station is similar to refilling a propane tank at a Texaco.

 An attendant will help you refill the tank, and you will pay at the cash register.


Costco is famous for its bulk grocery options. Costco also offers gas at many locations. Those locations that offer gas usually also offer propane refills and/or exchanges. It is important to remember if you want gas or propane at Costco that you need to be a Costco member to use those services.

Most of the propane refill attendants also work in the automotive center at Costco, so you will want to make sure you are there during hours when the automotive department is open.

When refilling a propane tank at Costco, there is a button to notify someone that you are requesting a refill. They will fill your tank and give you a receipt so that you can go inside and pay the cashier for your propane.

The attendant will stay with your propane tank until you come back to prove you have paid for it.

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is a great example of a propane filling station that is not a gas station. Ace Hardware is a chain of Hardware stores located throughout the United States. It offers propane tank exchanges and refills.

They also have equipment for sale so you can refill small propane tanks from a larger propane tank if that would be helpful.

To refill a propane tank at Ace Hardware, just walk in and explain that you would like a refill. You should leave your propane tank outside for safety. An employee will help you refill your tank and pay for it.

Safety Notes

Propane can be dangerous. You should always make sure your propane tanks are secure while you travel. This can prevent a propane tank from rupturing.

You also should not refill propane tanks that have expired. Most locations for refills will not refill propane tanks that have expired. Some will offer exchanges so you can get a new propane tank that is still safe for use.  


Mike Gilmour

Hi, I'm Mike, co-founder, and editor of RV and Playa. My passion is traveling (with my RV) and enjoying the day at the beach (Playa)! Well, I originally created this blog as a way to share what I've learned by experimenting with the RV lifestyle, and I want to help others develop in life through new skills and opportunities.

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