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Old 08-18-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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How to check your propane levels

Easy way to check your propane tank levels
with no extra tools........

[Video] A Little Trick To Know How Much Propane In Tank In Less Than 1 Minute If You Don't Have A Scale On Your Grill. - Brilliant DIY
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:02 PM   #2
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I'm going to try this!
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:50 PM   #3
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Propane Pressure Gauge

Much better idea. Costs $20 and always installed. I test for leaks every time I turn on the gas.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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I've been checking my propane like that for a long time. Quick, simple and $0.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Much better idea. Costs $20 and always installed. I test for leaks every time I turn on the gas.
Better because it costs more, or better because it adds another potential leak point?

More accurate? Maybe.
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Propane Pressure Gauge?????

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Much better idea. Costs $20 and always installed. I test for leaks every time I turn on the gas.

I've got one of those, anybody want it. It's really good at telling you when the tank is empty. So the burner doesn't light you look at the gauge to confirm what you already knew, your tank is empty.

I've used a $3.95 liquid crystal strip for years and a cup of hot water. Now I have a tank with built in float and gauge. So far it seems to work pretty well. Just your gas gauge on your tow vehicle you need to get a mental calibration.
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Old 08-19-2015, 04:21 PM   #7
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Much better idea. Costs $20 and always installed. I test for leaks every time I turn on the gas.
Propane pressure gauge shows if there is propane left in the tank or not. But unfortunately it never shows the actual propane level in the tank.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:21 PM   #8
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Why not just lift it up and shake it?

Manchester sells a tank with a float gauge.

I use a forklift tank, with a float gauge.

Pressure gauges will read differently on a hot day vs. a cold day.
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Why not just lift it up and shake it?
Because it is BOLTED to the tongue of the trailer..
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Gordon, Bolted? The tanks on the trailers I have, that don't have a forklift tank, are held on with an easily released big wing nut.

But I was really referring to the video. He was holding the tank.

Sorry to have frustrated you.
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Gordon, Bolted? The tanks on the trailers I have, that don't have a forklift tank, are held on with an easily released big wing nut.

But I was really referring to the video. He was holding the tank.

Sorry to have frustrated you.
I see!.. But I was generalizing, not specific to the video.

In fact, on my pop up, the tank was not only bolted on, but the bolts were real hard to get to. I always meant to get a quick release mount.

I've never found an easy and (very) accurate way to gauge the amount of propane left. I would carry two tanks if tongue weight was not an issue. The hot water method is not too bad for letting me know if I should carry a spare tank, maybe half full.
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You really should look into a Manchester 20 lb tank with a float gauge.
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Why not just lift it up and shake it?
I tried that David. Threw my back out. My wife had to put everything back in the cabinets. Scared the h**l out of the dog!

I knew I had propane in the tank, but I still didn't know how much.
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My buddy and I both had propane gauges that he got at Costco and both of us stopped using them when we decided that the gauge was impeding flow of propane to our Qs. I'd send you one, but it was tossed in the garbage some time ago.
I now use a luggage scale or boiling water.
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