propane tank

Discussion in 'Propane - Got Gas' started by healing bear, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. healing bear

    healing bear New Member

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    I have a silly question. Without a guage how do you know how much propane is in tank? About how long will one 20 lb. tank last running just the heater? Also, if the tank is not completely empty do you pay for a whole tankful or just how much they added. Do you trade out the tanks like you do with the bar b que tanks and are these the same fittings so you could use the tank from the home bar b que? Thanks for y'all's help.

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    dupreet New Member

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    They make gauges that fit on the valve of the tank....don't think they are too accurate.

    In regards to refills, if you take it to a bulk tank, they will top it off and should only charge you for the gas you need, not a full tank.

    Yes, the PUP tanks are the same as your gas grill. I have a tank on the camper, one on the grill, and a spare. I just make it a point to take a full tank with me if it a trip of any length and cycle partial tanks through the grill at home. Lowes and Home Depot are only a mile away, so its not much of an issue if I have to go get one.

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    A 20LB. tank lasted us 10 nights with furnace runing ocasionaly and cooking breakfast every morning. I dont know if those indicator strips work or not. I do know the 20LB. bar b que tank is the same as you would use for your camper. I always empty a tank before having it refilled at our local propane dealer. If you exchange it I dont think they deduct for left overs.

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    Retired Alex New Member

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    Take your tank off the trailer and weigh it on a set of bathroom scales. Look on the top flange of the tank (the part that protects the valve) and find the tare weight of the tank. Deduct this from the weght you get from the scales and that tells you how much gas you have left in the tank.

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  5. pm3579

    pm3579 Indiana U.S.A.

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    Propane tanks are only filled to 80% by federal DOT mandate to allow for expansion. That is the reason for the change to OPD "over fill protection device" tanks the ones with triangular knobs a few years ago. It is against the law to refill non OPD tanks, a $15,000 fine if you a caught refilling these. It is perfectly legal to use non OPD tanks that do have gas in them, you just are not allowed to refill them. With that said a 20# tank filled to 80% should weigh 38.24# plus you TW# that is stamped on the neck. "All" propane tanks have a WC -water capacity number stamped on them. Multiply this number times 2.39 the conversion number of prapane to water. WC 20x2.39=47.8 - 20%=38.24+ TW will give you the weight of your 20# full tank.<img src=../Images/flags/us.gif border=0 align=middle alt="United States">

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    pm3579 Indiana U.S.A.

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    I need to make a correction to the previous post. You should devide the WC # by 2.39 to give you the capacity of the tank. A 20# tank should have a WC of approx 47.8 - 20% = 38.24 .\' 2.39 =16# + TW = the weight of a properly filled 20# tank. For those with 30# tanks they should have a WC of approx 71.5 - 20% =57.2 .\' 2.39 =23.9# this is 80% of 30#. You must put a tank on a scale and do the math to get an accurate amount of how much propane is in the tank. Some places will fill your tank for a flat fee. This is fine if your tank is dead empty, if your tank isn't empty, look for a place that will weigh you tank and do the math and only charge you for the gas they put in. Strips on the side and gauges on the valve are only an approximation and not real accurate. As others have stated,have a second bottle and when one goes empty switch bottles and have the empty filled. Rember c y a, cover your a%%.<img src=../Images/flags/us.gif border=0 align=middle alt="United States">

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    or maybe just spend the 20 bucks and get a new tank. way easyer

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    pm3579 Indiana U.S.A.

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    That would be easyer but when we had our 1000 gal tank filled the last time we paid $0.50 a pound. Gas price for a 20# tank $8.00.<img src=../Images/flags/us.gif border=0 align=middle alt="United States">

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  9. healing bear

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    Thanks for the info, I think I will take an extra one with me and use any leftover gas for my bar-b-que. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bbq.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Barbeque">

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    One of the reasons I like my auto-change over regulator is that it completely empties a tank before switching to the new tank.

    In cold weather, I always take a spare tank with me, as the furnace is a big fuel hog. During the summer I can go a week at least, running the water heater and cooking, on a single tank.

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  11. Skyryder

    Skyryder Proud user of the K.I.S.S. Principle

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    I'm sure this "trick" has been mentioned before but
    an easy way to tell the amount of gas in a tank while camping is to, While using the tank, pour water down the side, the temp difference will show a line which relates to the propane level inside. This line may be faint, depending on the ambient temp and may show up as condensation, kinda like a cold glass of ice tea on a hot summer day.

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