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Old 04-18-2014, 10:03 PM   #29
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Interesting that people bought these three items.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:20 PM   #30
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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.
Thats intreating as well. My furnace doesnt seem to have any issues with it on. What furnace are you running? wondering if the regulator on your tanks is perhaps set a bit lower than the on mine.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:32 AM   #31
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The pressure in the tank varies with temperature making any type of pressure gauge useless (ideal gas law?). I've used the "hot water down the side and feel the temperature" trick as a rough guide. When I think it's getting low, I look for a Tractor supply with a propane station. They meter the propane and their prices are reasonable. Raz

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:07 AM   #32
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We have tried pretty much every device and method available and found only two which are pretty reliable....
1] Buy a tank with an internal float gauge. These are fairly accurate and the ones I have seen usually have a little reserve when they reach empty.
the drawback with this choice is that you can't do exchange.

2] Remove the tank before a trip and weigh it on a bathroom scale.
18 pounds is empty,38 pounds is full. Estimate the need for the trip and switch tanks if necessary before leaving.

Using the weighing method requires the purchase of a second tank to get full use of the propane. We have a grill at home on which we use only "near empty" tanks. This second tank can be filled before a trip if there is not adequate supply in the trailer tank.
I vote this as the best answer. The bathroom scale works great. If it's too much trouble to take out the tank for weighing, get a tank with internal float gauge. I bought such a tank last October at Sam's Club (less than $40 IIRC) and I expect I'll enjoy using it this summer.
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Keep in mind that the "Exchange Tank" system is about the most expensive way to buy LP gas. I have seen it as much as 3X propane dealer price.

I'll stick with the Stick-on strip and hot water, about $3, works every time.
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I keep a few one pound green propane bottles to run the weber grill and have an adapter that let's them be connected to the furnace propane line.

When the 20# runs out I can run the furnace approx one night on a one pound bottle. And I know it's time to refill the 20#.
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I keep a few one pound green propane bottles to run the weber grill and have an adapter that let's them be connected to the furnace propane line.

When the 20# runs out I can run the furnace approx one night on a one pound bottle. And I know it's time to refill the 20#.
Do you have any info on the adaptor for the 1 lb tank to the furnace line?
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Do you have any info on the adaptor for the 1 lb tank to the furnace line?
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I have one as well, - it allows me to switch from using a large 20lb tank to the small green disposable tanks for the portable stove or BQ if need be. Sorry no picture of it but i picked it up at a local hardware store. Should be pretty easy to find one at any shop that sells BQ's.
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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.
My bad. I was assuming we were talking about two tanks.
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Do you have any info on the adaptor for the 1 lb tank to the furnace line?

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Thank you..... just ordered it.
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papa..you aint bad! The OP does have two tanks.

You may be Bad in a Good way though!
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I'm not being a Chicken Little, but want to caution folks that use a steak saver to refill the small green bottles from a 20# tank. The little bottles are not designed to be refilled. Remember, just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

I have friends that almost lost their monster 5th wheel due to a refilled cannister that was in the basement of their 5er. If you do this, be very careful where you "store" the refilled cannister. I'd suggest outside!
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I'm not being a Chicken Little, but want to caution folks that use a steak saver to refill the small green bottles from a 20# tank. The little bottles are not designed to be refilled. Remember, just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

I have friends that almost lost their monster 5th wheel due to a refilled cannister that was in the basement of their 5er. If you do this, be very careful where you "store" the refilled cannister. I'd suggest outside!
Some time ago someone reported that they kept refilled one pound cylinders in their square tube bumper! Whether prudent or not, it sure made for some hilarious mental images!
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