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Old 04-18-2014, 01:28 PM   #15
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A bit inconvenient, but a teapot with hot water is very accurate.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:32 PM   #16
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Good advice, all, thanks. Yes, our tanks are hard to take out (for my 5'2" 110 pound self).
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:48 PM   #17
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We both felt we weren't getting the heat that we were used to. After we removed the gauges, the grills were hotter. All purely subjective.

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Thats interesting, I suppose i havent notice it as I use a smaller more portable tank without a gage on it for the BQ. The one on the trailer is only feeding the stove top, furnace and hot water tank.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:59 PM   #18
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I have seen a fiberglass 5.0 gal propane tank "pictured" somewhere before, and you can actual "SEE" the liquid propane left in the tank. So this might be something to look into
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Old 04-18-2014, 03:04 PM   #19
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17(20)# Fiberglass LP tank. See through and lighter than regular tank:
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My buddy bought two gauges at Costco, one for me and one for him.
Independently, on two different brands of BBQ, we came to the conclusion that the gauge was restricting flow to some degree.
Both of us have removed them.
I second that. I had two of these, and plan to eBay them. Anyone want to buy them?

I was unable to use my full tank to run my furnace. It would act like it was empty when there was still 8 lbs or more of propane in the tank.

I bought a fish scale, and I weigh my tanks to check the level. The fish scale works great except it is in kilograms and I have to multiply everything by 2.2. I don't need to weigh things as much now that I've taken the gauges off. I also double check the Tare Weight, and on some tanks I've marked the weights so they are easier to read.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:20 PM   #21
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I always just leave one tank closed. If It runs out I open the other and fill the first.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:40 PM   #22
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Having two tanks helps, yes. Not everyone has two though.

I use Jons method, and the palm of my hand. You can feel the temperature change by palming the side of the tank and running it down until you feel the temp change to MUCH colder.

It doesn't need to be overly accurate, but it does give you an idea on where your liquid level is.

I have the pour the hot water thingy stuck on mine too, but I generally have only used it when the outside temp is so low that it's hard to feel the difference on the tank. The smell method is a giveaway that I have maybe 2 days of normal use left.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:21 PM   #23
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Propane tank level gauge

...To me, I rarely use propane tank at all, so it wouldn't bother me that much for this issue. That's why I installed the gauge which was bought from Cosco. I believe ab 10 bucks. To go in depth, it sounds like no gauge in the present market in which indicates how much propane is in the tank, accurately. IMO, if I want that due to frequently use, I would make myself an indicator. Here is what I would do: when the tank is empty, drill a hole in the tank, thread it to install a pressure gauge. After that, fill the tank to full, the gauge will indicate at certain scale, mark it with permanent marker. From now on, I would know exactly what level of propane in the tank at any given time...Just my thought....
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Camping Mama said "tanks" (plural) in her original post. I have two tanks, and the double tank regulator shows me when the primary supply is empty, and it switches to the backup seamlessly. Then I move the lever to the other side and replace the empty one. The fresh one becomes the backup. It seem to be working well. Since it is possible to go quite a while on one tank, there is plenty of opportunity to check the indicator. I am quite happy with this system.
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...To me, I rarely use propane tank at all, so it wouldn't bother me that much for this issue. That's why I installed the gauge which was bought from Cosco. I believe ab 10 bucks. To go in depth, it sounds like no gauge in the present market in which indicates how much propane is in the tank, accurately. IMO, if I want that due to frequently use, I would make myself an indicator. Here is what I would do: when the tank is empty, drill a hole in the tank, thread it to install a pressure gauge. After that, fill the tank to full, the gauge will indicate at certain scale, mark it with permanent marker. From now on, I would know exactly what level of propane in the tank at any given time...Just my thought....
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Lp tanks are pressure vessels and you don't want to start drilling your own holes in them. If you do so I doubt if anyone will fill them.

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Lp gas maintains an almost constant gas pressure, regardless of volume remaining, this is why they tend to drop suddenly just before being empty.
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For 2 tanks or double tank, this is what I would do: Using tee fitting, parallel hook up both tanks without any valve before tee fitting, install indicator after T fitting. The valve will be installed after T fitting. When in use, first open the valve then open one tank until this tank is empty. Next open the second tank until it is empty. That way, you would know both tanks are empty. Fill them up both at the same time. This way you could avoid complication of double tank hook up and still know when will be the time to fill them up. Just my thought, theory though...
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Lp tanks are pressure vessels and you don't want to start drilling your own holes in them. If you do so I doubt if anyone will fill them.

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Lp gas maintains an almost constant gas pressure, regardless of volume remaining, this is why they tend to drop suddenly just before being empty.
...This is what I learn thru: discussion. BTW, that's just my thought, in theory, not practical. But if an indicator of propane tank is made, one could apply similar principle to utilze it, not necessary as pressure like I thought....Just an input...
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I saw an announcement for a hand held electronic "wand" about a year ago that could be used to detect the level of propane in a tank, but never heard anything more about it.

I checked Amazon, and they list two devices:
GasCheck Propane Tank Liquid Level Indicator
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Propane GasGenie® - Electronic Propane Gauge & BBQ Propane Level Indicator

No idea if either is worth the $...
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