How to Tell How Much Propane is Left in Your Grill’s Tank
There is absolutely nothing worse than having all your hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks or chicken on your barbecue grill and running out of gas! So how can you tell how much propane is left in that big white tank? Since it’s opaque you cannot tell by just looking but Chow has a great video that shows us a simple way to know ahead of time whether or not you need to have your tank refilled.
As you can see it’s pretty simple. Just turn off the gas first and then unhook the tank from your grill. Set it on level ground. Grab a big glass of warm water and pour it down the side of your grill. All the areas of the tank that still hold propane gas will feel cold to your touch. The areas that are empty will feel warm. Of course the very bottom of the tank will feel cold to the touch unless it is entirely empty. Run your hand up the side of the tank and when it hits the warm area you can envision how much of the tank remains full.
Most standard propane tanks used for barbecue grills hold the equivalent of 20 hours of gas for grilling. So if you have about 1/2 left you should be able to use your grill for another 10 hours. Of course this isn’t perfect but it should give you enough of an idea that you’ll know if you need to pick up another tank or have that one refilled before your next party.
I like to have an extra propane tank on hand so that I never have to worry about running out of gas. When one is empty I simply switch it out for a full one and put that empty tank where I will remember to swap it out for a new, full tank or have it refilled.
p.s. do YOU have any grilling tips you’d like to share?
Running out of fuel for your gas grill can bring your barbecue to a halt. CHOW.com’s Blake Smith demonstrates how you can estimate your remaining propane without using a fuel gauge.
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