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Old 06-09-2013, 06:19 PM   #29
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I also will be taking my 20# Lite Cylinder to the local propane place tomorrow to be emptied, purged and have the valve removed.
I had only half-filled it the first time, then used it to fuel my portable propane fire pit when a group of us went camping. When it ran out, my fellow campers paid to refill it.
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Well with any luck the manuf will go back to the drawing board and redesign the tanks...its a great idea to be able to clearly see how much propane is in the tank. Yeah Tom those gauges are a poor design, I had it on my boat when I had propane for heat...figured it would give me an idea of when to change out the tank before I go to sleep and it runs out lol... nope waste of money. Now I will have to use the hand scale and weigh it...when it gets below a 1/4 refill time
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Won't need a drawing board to file for bankruptcy protection of personal assets.

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The pressure gauge is not a good way to tell how much propane you have, but Manchester makes a tank with a float gauge. I have seen them at Canadian tire. not much more then a regular steel tank.
As far as weight, an aluminum tank is about the same weight as a fibreglass tank. I have an aluminum forklift tank on my trailer:
Forklift LP Tank
It has a quick fill port, and a level gauge that uses a float. They are about the same price as a fibreglass tank.
I think if I were to do it again, I would go with a Worthington cylinder. They have room for a liquid draw, (I use the liquid draw on my tank for the quick fill), and they are shiny.
http://www.worthingtoncylinders.com/...lift.sflb.ashx
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:24 PM   #33
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There have been previous discussions of propane level measurement, and I don't know of any new developments since the last round. Manchester's SureFlame tank with float gauge which David mentioned remains the obvious alternative to a see-through tank for those not buying their propane through a cylinder exchange service; it is a real level measurement, and works fine (I now have two of them).
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Weighing and subtracting the tare weight works well enuf.

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Weighing and subtracting the tare weight works well enuf.

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I did that today to decide if I needed to refill. Interestingly, the tank that I bought last year from Costco has a November 2007 date stamped on it.
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Interestingly, the tank that I bought last year from Costco has a November 2007 date stamped on it.
Are you sure it isn't July 2011? The propane cylinder industry missed the lessons of "Y2K" and typically still uses two-digit dates, so the manufacturing date mark tends to look like "07/11" or "11/07".
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Weighing and subtracting the tare weight works well enuf.
Yes, that's the best method... if you don't mind dismounting the cylinder and you have a suitable scale handy. I think most people want something more convenient, and that's why some bought the translucent fiberglass cylinders.
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Its the lazy factor lol...it is much more convenient to look ata gauge or through the cylinder then undo the tank and weigh it. I did pick up a hand scale to hang a tank on and will give mean idea of how much propane is in the tank....handy for cold weather camping... where ya really dont wanna run out of gas!
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The new issue of Trailer Life [July] has an article about an ultrasound device to check the LP gas level in a tank. Supposed to be very accurate, Truma Levelcheck, expensive though at $69, but take in to consideration that it has a built in LED flashlight too, so how can you not want it!!!. Same issue has an article about installing solar.
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The new issue of Trailer Life [July] has an article about an ultrasound device to check the LP gas level in a tank. Supposed to be very accurate, Truma Levelcheck..
This is an interesting device, but may not work on our tanks.
A recent discussion: Dometic Gas Checker Pen GC100
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The Trailer Life article only says they tested it on "numerous cylinders" and that it is "designed for steel & aluminum LP gas cylinders with a diameter of 7.9 to 13.8 inches". Someone here, preferably a technical or engineer person, should buy one and evaluate it for us. We don't use enough propane ourselves, it would take a year or more for us to check it out. It's made in Germany, and reportedly popular with RVers in Europe.
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Bummer, got two of them full. I'll burn mine off on the BBQ.
Hmmm, let's see.... a BBQ......a device with an open flame in close proximity to a tank that could fail at a seam. Yeah, sure....that sounds like a really good idea....
....might be BBQ'ing more than was planned.
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