The spike in propane prices that hit the Lake of the Ozarks last year might be back again for round two. Last year’s increase was driven by several things including a record year for the need to dry grain, an unusually cold winter and a large number of propane exports. According to the Missouri Propane Association, all these things are still in place. They suggest the best way to combat high prices is for residents to fill their tanks early and to pre-buy in order to lock in prices. Those who plan on shopping around once it starts to get chilly could find themselves out in the cold when attempting to get propane at a decent price.