Originally Posted by Bobbito
I was at Costco today and saw the tanks with the float gauges on them. I can't wait to replace my current tanks with this type as their certified to dates come due. Any info on how these gauges perform long term?
I've had the Manchester version of this for a few years and it's fine, but haven't used it much, so my experience might not be much of an indicator.
The reason that these float-operated gauges have become common is that the OPD includes a float anyway, so the incremental cost and complexity of a gauge isn't bad. The OPD float is going to keep working; it's a safety feature so it needs to be decently reliable, and I've never heard of a problem. At least in the Manchester Sure-Flame
design, the gauge on the outside is linked to the float on the inside by a magnetic coupling through the brass body of the valve, so there is no extra hole or seal. Manchester even takes advantage of this to make the display dial a clip-on part, so if gets damaged you just use another one, without replacing the tank or anything built into it.
Costco.ca is currently showing the Bernzomatic tank with gauge
. It's hard to see the detail, but Bernzomatic
is a brand of Worthington, so it will be a Worthington tank (product 336483), not a Manchester Sure-Flame. Worthington and Manchester seem to be the two major manufacturers of propane cylinders in North America.