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Old 04-13-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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15.00 and change at COSTCO if anyone is interested. Very easy to install, like the package says: No tools required.

https://www.flameking.com/products/index.html

edit: Can't find a COSTCO link, but they are there.....
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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I love the "How it Works" link on Flame King's site. I went to the link because I was curious how it works (i.e. what mechanism; what it measures, etc.) Here's what is there:

Gas Level Indicator

When the cylinder has sufficient gas

As long as there is a workable amount of gas in the cylinder, the GasMeter gauge will show you everything is okay (yellow or green sections.)

When the gas is low...

The needle will fall to the red section indicating the pressure is low and the cylinder will soon be empty.


Well I never would have figured that out

I still want to know how it works...

Mike, how has it worked for you? Does it really give you a good idea of the level, or is it like those cameras that give you a "low battery" warning two seconds before they shut off? It would be useful if it works well

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Old 04-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #3
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I still want to know how it works...

Mike, how has it worked for you? Does it really give you a good idea of the level, or is it like those cameras that give you a "low battery" warning two seconds before they shut off? It would be useful if it works well

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Well, I just installed them (one on each tank) and as per directions, checked for leaks..ok...ran an appliance for a few minutes, then shut off the appliance. The needles have settled about where I thought they should based on when we filled these up and my best guess how much we have used them so far...beats the knock on the ol`canister technique to determine volume..all sounds the same to me anyway..

The directions say you`ll get the best readings after a session using propane. (Maybe after cooking, furnace, or fridge..)

AT first glance:
1. They fit great under the cowling
2. It took under 30 seconds to install both with out tools
3. They *appear* to register fairly close how full I thought they were. ( at least a ballpark is OK for me)
4. COSTCO`s 15.00 price ea. was very good.
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:27 PM   #4
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I'm a cheapskate when it comes to gadgets, so I just pour a cup of hot water from the kettle on one side of the tank, then slide my finger downwards along that side until it feels cold. That's your exact level, and it will never let you down.
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Ooh, good one, Daniel. Thanks!
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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I found that meter to be a waste of my money and time -- It only measures the gas pressure, so as long as the tank is reasonably full, the pressure will be good -- When the tank gets almost empty, the pressure drops slightly so what you get is an early warning that you are about to run out -- I gave mine away.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:58 PM   #7
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I found that meter to be a waste of my money and time -- It only measures the gas pressure, so as long as the tank is reasonably full, the pressure will be good -- When the tank gets almost empty, the pressure drops slightly so what you get is an early warning that you are about to run out -- I gave mine away.
I second Pete's opinion; it is just a pressure gauge not a liquid level gauge.
SureFlame tanks by Manchester have a better level indicator then just pressure and I believe have seen them in Costco. I believe these tanks utilize actual OPD shut-off float for level gauge. They are only available in 20lb tanks. Their range is within the upper levels of propane because OPD float has reasonably short stroke.
I just purchased 2 30lb Manchester tanks with full range mechanical gauges and they were unreasonable expensive.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:49 AM   #8
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I just sent a inquiry to this company too see if they can be used legally on a trailer.

You can see through them. They are fiberglass.

Not much info on there web page.

http://www.litecylinder.com/

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Old 04-14-2009, 01:03 AM   #9
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Never mind, I just received this in the mail.


Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

info[at]litecylinder.com

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I just sent a inquiry to this company too see if they can be used legally on a trailer.

You can see through them. They are fiberglass.

Not much info on there web page.

http://www.litecylinder.com/

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:38 AM   #10
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There are other fiberglass tanks out there. I did a quick check on one I found and it is a couple tenths bigger in diameter and a few inches taller than the same capacity 20 pound Manchester steel tank. It may be just me, but having the tank at the front of the trailer, I'd like my tank covers to fit over whatever fiberglas tank I'd consider for stone pecking protection.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:34 AM   #11
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I'm not sure what happened with the e-mail, but I believe Lite Cylinder is still ticking along. I nearly bought one last week. They're more expensive than steel, and in the range of 6# lighter when empty (forget exactly now). You can see through them to determine the level of the propane.

Knowing fiberglass and UV, I would probably make a cover for one.

I decided against it because neither the base nor the upper rim woul fit my mounting pad/bracket without modification of them, and when the tank is full the amount lighter it is than a steel one is less, proportionally. On a boat, sitting in saltwater and having to carry the tanks in the dinghy, etc., I probably would have gone for the fiberglass.

I don't see why it would be any less safe on a camper than steel. I did note that it said on the website that they were not legal for sale in Louisiana, but my guess would be that the laws have just not caught up with the technology yet, rather than it being that they were actively declared unsafe there. I do see on the web where it says that Lite Cylinder composite cylinders are approved by DOT special permit #14562 .

There is one other brand (at least), but I can't think of the name right now. The web over the tank is more a pattern of cut out circles instead of channels. I don't think the other company makes 10# tanks yet.

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:58 AM   #12
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15.00 and change at COSTCO if anyone is interested. Very easy to install, like the package says: No tools required.

https://www.flameking.com/products/index.html

edit: Can't find a COSTCO link, but they are there.....
Got mine (same thing) at Sams Club last fall. Have been using it this winter on the BBQ and it counts down quite accurately as advertised. This is a good product, worth having, IMO. It will go on the Casita when we pull it out of the garage this spring!

Sams Club still has it---saw them in the "seasonal" area when I was there last week.

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....amp;item=387249
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:37 AM   #13
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Kudos to CampingWorld for honest review. Quote: “If needle is in the yellow LOW GAS zone, this is your early warning propane is getting low. Depending on ambient temperature, you have only 10-15 minutes of appliance use time left, ……..If needle is in the red REFILL zone, refill cylinder now to avoid running out of propane while cooking”


This pressure gauge should be called 15 min. warning gauge.


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FWIW, virtually every propane fitting that attaches to the ACME fitting on the tank has a stop flow device already. If your trailer has the green knob fittings, they too have one. The "emergency flow restrictor" is pretty much advertising speak for taking advantage of something I believe they have to have and which you probably already have anyhow. True enough but a little bit like "A DUCK! Now with two web feet and it quacks!"

I have one that I use on my small 11 pounder I use for the grill but it doesn't do much except go red in a rush at the end of the tank. Since I only grill a steak or a couple brats at a time it gives me adequate warning.

I do like the Sureflame gauge and would upgrade a some point, but with the auto changeover covering me anyhow it would be pretty far down my list of mods. But if I had only one tank it would shoot to near the top of future mods.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:55 AM   #15
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I just got 2 of this brand... seems to do well.. I got tired of 'guessing' and didnt want to run out of propane ...


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Knowing some of the physics behind how the gas pressure in a propane cylinder develops, I just can't see how these gauges could provide you with anything more than a general idea of when you are about to (or have) run out of propane. That said, even having just a general idea that you're running low on propane is a good thing, and that information is doubly useful when you have two propane bottles. Knowing when one has run low and it's time to switch over could come in really handy.
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:41 PM   #17
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Knowing some of the physics behind how the gas pressure in a propane cylinder develops, I just can't see how these gauges could provide you with anything more than a general idea of when you are about to (or have) run out of propane...
The physics I suspect Peter is referring to is that as long as there is liquid propane left in the tank, the pressure inside the tank is only a function of temperature. Once the liquid is gone, the pressure will decrease rapidly as the remaining propane vapor is depleted. I have one of these gauges on my BBQ grill and the gauge doesn't move until just before the tank is empty.

Also, be careful how much weight you hang from those plastic propane connectors. They've been known to break off due to fatigue as you're going down the road. I had converted my camper over to the convenient plastic knobs used with the new-style tanks, then converted the camper right back to the old-fashioned wrench-tightened brass fittings after a fellow Scamper told me about the problems he had with the plastic knobs breaking on the highway.

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:29 AM   #18
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After reading all the posts I was sure I would have found one who had a problem with them as I did.
I had one on my Camper all last year and it worked fine and a friend liked it so much I gave him mine.
It was the same one pictured above, the >GASLOW< and I got mine at Wal*Mart.
I saw him on our next weeks camping trip and he had installed it and when he went to turn his gas on...there was none.
The male end of the guage didn't extend far enough into his 30# bottle far enough to make a seal.
Him being a little deaf he didn't hear gas leaking...good thing they do not smoke!!!!!
I said maybe the 30# tanks were not set up the same as the 20#s so I took it back and he switch over to his full tank and he was OK for the night.
I put it on my new 20# tank and sure enough it leaked....
I retro fited end with a gas fitting and did away with the large plastic nut and it worked fine.
I purchased another one and.....same problem.
When large black nut was tight...the nipple did not extend far enough into tank to make a tight seal.
Weird......
Anyone else had this problem?
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We bought one and only use it on the grill but we shut it off between uses which means everytime we start the grill we have to turn on the gas tank and then squeeze the gauge to get it to register again. I was going to get another for the Casita but after hearing you all talk about them I think I'll pass. So far it seems to work well on the grill
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #20
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Hi all. Just thought i would throw in my 2 cents. My wife bought me a propane indicator called the Propane Genius (she got tired of me running out of propane while barbecueing). It is magnetic and you stick it on the side of the tank near the bottom. It works on temperature differences. It will start chirping when the tank gets low. It says you have about 2hrs. of propane left when this starts. It has saved me lot's of times. Have not tried it on our Bigfoot yet but might get a couple more to try. I think we got it at Home Depot up here. Each time i take it in after the chirping there are still several pounds left in the tank.

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