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Old 11-18-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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SWMBO tells me to check my gas whenever I have had chili and home brew for dinner
Although I am familiar with that issue (no pun intended), that's not quite what I meant.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:47 AM   #12
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I knew that, but its Saturday and I'm an incurable smart Alec

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:05 AM   #13
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I knew that, but its Saturday and I'm an incurable smart Alec
Like Baldwin? Guinness? Mazo?
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #14
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Default Propane check

An empty five gallon tank is supposed to weigh 19.5 pounds YMMV. You could always give the tank a quickie check by shaking it, and then put your hand on the side of the tank, and feel for where the "cold line" is. Or when you first turn the gas on, mist water on the side of the tank, and the frost line is the fuel left line.
Without having to discuss Boyle's law of pressure, when the tank is physically at half, the volume of gas left is actually one quarter. Ever noticed when you thought the tank was getting low, is seem to empty way too quickly? Now you know why.




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I feel your pain on running out of gas. Mine deflated last Sunday, but it was directly at flame-out anyway.

Question: How does the average consumer judge the 'fullness' of a tank purchased, if said consumer has no gauge? Does one pick up multiple tanks (in an exchange scenario) looking for the heaviest, or is there some other magical method?

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:57 PM   #15
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With all the grilling, smoking, and brewing I do, I always have four propane tanks at the house, and I always have at least one with a blue cap on it. I never run out of propane. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:29 PM   #16
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I feel bad for you guys paying $3.50/gal of propane. Out here where I live in Oregon, propane is only $2.30/gal at the local Shell and they fill it up till it starts spraying out the pressure release screw. Its a nice deal and I would never spend the money on a underfilled Blue Rhino tank unless I had to.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #17
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............ Be warned; BR are changing their fill valves to a proprietary one that only they can refill. The new valve has a triangle on it. Anybody with BR tanks currently be careful to not trade them in for the new tanks. I currently pay $3.59/ gallon of propane, and for that price, I hope I never need to get gas raped by BR again.
Good info on the BR tanks.
Thanks.

FWIW, I fill at my local UHaul place.
Its currently $3.79/gal, but still cheaper than the exchange rape.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #18
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If you get a big LP tank, like my 30lb. It will be the last tank you grab. When the 30 is in use the other 4, 20lb tanks go to U-haul to get filled.

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Old 11-20-2012, 03:32 PM   #19
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I never knew about u-haul filling propane tanks.. awesome info!

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