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Old 07-12-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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How much propane is in that tank?

What's the easiest way to determine how much propane remains in a tank?

I just found out about this method, but wonder if there's an even simpler way.

This Is the Fastest and Easiest Way to Tell if You Have Propane in Your Tank

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:05 PM   #2
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I usually just lift the tank and can tell by the weight how much propane is left.


When camping, we usually use close to one 20 lb tank a week, so depending on how long we have been out, I can usually tell when we are about to run a tank dry, even without looking at it.
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That is pretty much the most simple way I know of. I have even just used hot tap water.

I have used an inline gauge years ago, but it's performance was sketchy at best, as the pressure in the tank changes with ambient temperature.

A friend uses these magnetic strips that work by the same principal as the water trick, and says they work quite well.
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I usually just lift the tank and can tell by the weight how much propane is left.
By far the easiest and quickest method if your tank is loose, but not so good when mounted to the trailer. Even the water trick is not so quick with a fifth wheel.
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What's the easiest way to determine how much propane remains in a tank?

I just found out about this method, but wonder if there's an even simpler way.

This Is the Fastest and Easiest Way to Tell if You Have Propane in Your Tank

Thanks for any suggestions.
Get a tank with a gauge. $25 US at Costco. Best investment we have made. Edge of green means tank 1/2 empty. This is how we get by with one tank.
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I use a fish scale, of course I need to disconnect the tank and free it from the hold down, not that I do it very often. For the most part, when 1 goes empty I remove it and get it refilled. Before a long trip I take the in use one out and have it topped off. So really I don't need to know how much is in it.
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That is pretty much the most simple way I know of. I have even just used hot tap water.

I have used an inline gauge years ago, but it's performance was sketchy at best, as the pressure in the tank changes with ambient temperature.

A friend uses these magnetic strips that work by the same principal as the water trick, and says they work quite well.
Magnetic Propane Tank Gauge - Lee Valley Tools
Hi: Jim Bennett... I wonder if they would work if you used Lisa's hair dryer? Alf
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Hi: Jim Bennett... I wonder if they would work if you used Lisa's hair dryer? Alf
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I use a fish scale, of course I need to disconnect the tank and free it from the hold down, not that I do it very often. For the most part, when 1 goes empty I remove it and get it refilled. Before a long trip I take the in use one out and have it topped off. So really I don't need to know how much is in it.
We do the same
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We do the same
I usually just shake it & guess, but if I really want to be precise, I use a luggage scale.
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