How Much Propane Is My Grill Tank?

Written on: August 1, 2022

Don’t run out during a cookout!

grill tank refill new yorkSummer is one of the greatest seasons because we get to enjoy outdoor grilling and dining! There are fast weekday suppers, leisurely weekend meals, and backyard barbecues with family and friends.

Propane grills are a great alternative for those who don’t want to use a charcoal grill because they’re quick and easy. Whether you’re cooking burgers and hot dogs for a crowd, grilling fish for a low-carb supper, or barbecuing ribs or brisket, propane grills eliminate the smoke, wait, and hassle of a charcoal grill!

You need enough gas in your grill’s propane cylinder to enjoy all the benefits of grilling with propane. Otherwise, you’ll either need to leave and get another tank or order takeout.

There are several ways to keep track of how much propane is in your tank, so you don’t have to worry about this. Let’s go through them one by one.

The hot water hack

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 the tank’s weight

Two figures are usually stamped on the handle of a propane grill tank – the water capacity (WC) and Tare Weight (TW). When empty, most grilling tanks weigh about 17 pounds and hold 20 pounds of gas.
To figure out how much propane is left in your tank, simply weigh it on a scale and subtract the TW number. Here’s an example of how that works: If a tank weighing 24 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there are about 7 pounds of gas left. That’s a less than half a tank.

Use an external pressure gauge

There are several types of external tank gauges to select from. They may be purchased online or at a home improvement store, grill shop, or hardware store near you. These are some types:

Connect your grill to your propane tank

Would you prefer to never have to worry about exchanging or refilling a propane cylinder again? Consider having a grill box attached directly to your home’s propane tank. This will provide continuous fuel to your gas grill, so that you never run out in the middle of cooking dinner again. Ask us about installing a grill box!

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