How To Check Your Grill Propane Level

Never again run out of propane while grilling!

grill refill new yorkSummertime is outstanding because we can indulge in outdoor grilling and dining! Whether it’s a quick weekday meal or a laid-back weekend dinner with relatives and pals, enjoying summertime grilled meals outdoors is the best.

Propane is a quick, simple way to prepare food without the smoke, wait, and effort of a charcoal grill. Whether you’re grilling burgers and hot dogs for a crowd, cooking grilled fish for a low-carb supper, or barbecuing ribs or brisket, propane makes grilling fast and easy!

If you want to keep grilling, make sure you have enough propane in your cylinder. Otherwise, the cookout’s over and your only options are carrying out another tank or getting takeout.

There are methods you can use to find out how much propane is in your tank so that you won’t have this problem again. Let’s go through them one by one.

The hot water trick

This method is as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s what you do.

The top of the cool spot is the fill level of the tank. It’s cool because liquid propane inside the tank is absorbing the heat from the water, which makes the metal wall of the tank cool to the touch. You can use this method to gauge how many of the original 18 to 20 pounds are in the tank.

Use your tank’s weight

Most propane grilling tanks, when empty, weigh around 17 pounds and can hold 20 pounds of gas. There are usually two figures stamped onto the handle of the tank – these represent the water capacity (WC) and Tare Weight (TW).

To figure out how much propane is left in your tank, put your propane cylinder on a scale and note the weight, then subtract the TW number from that figure. Here’s an example of how that works: If a tank weighing 28 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there’s about 11 pounds of gas left. That’s a little more than half a tank.

Add an external pressure gauge

You can find an external tank gauge at many places- online, home improvement stores, grills shops, and hardware stores. Options include:

Connect your grill to your home’s propane tank

A grill box connected to your home’s existing bulk propane tank is another option. You’ll never have to go out for a refill or swap, and you won’t run out of fuel while grilling dinner. Inquire about how to install a grill box so that your gas grill may be fed with continuous fuel.

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