The only accurate method of measuring the amount of propane remaining in a tank is by weighing the tank after disconnecting it from the grill, according to Ressler Propane. The most common tank for use on grills and other small outdoor propane appliances is a 20 pound tank, which weighs 38 to 40 pounds when full and 18 to 20 pounds empty.Continue Reading
To avoid the frustration of running out of propane during a family barbecue, keep a spare full tank on hand at all times. When the tank attached to the grill is empty, replace it with the full one. According to The Family Handyman, a normal, full-sized grill uses one pound of propane per half-hour of operation at 35,000 BTU.
If replacing the empty cylinder with a full one results in a smaller than normal flame, the problem is often that the valve was opened too quickly. A safety valve protects against potential leaks, and opening too quickly causes it to activate, limiting the propane supply. Closing the tank valve and opening it again slowly should allow the grill to operate normally.
If an owner expects a tank to be full, but finds it empty, a leak is possible. The National Fire Protection Association recommends testing hoses and connections for leaks at the beginning of the grilling season. Apply a dilute soap solution and watch for bubbles, indicating a leak. Upon discovering a leak, turn off the gas supply, and have the grill serviced or replaced.Learn more about Outdoor
To inspect propane barbecues for blocked tubes or burners, remove the briquettes and cooking grids according to the manufacturer's directions, and visually inspect the tubes and burners on a propane gas grill for blockages. You need the owner's manual and approximately 5 minutes of time to visually inspect a readily accessible burner assembly on a propane gas grill.Full Answer >
The charcoal chimney offers an easy method for lighting charcoal that leaves no petroleum aftertaste in foods cooked on the grill. The user crumples a few sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the chimney, fills the top with charcoal and lights the paper. The coals are ready to cook in about 15 minutes. An electric starter is another option.Full Answer >
When purchasing a propane tank, ask about the warranty, look at financing options, determine what is included in the price, and compare prices for renting and owning. Propane is cost effective and energy efficient for home heating, cooking and water heating. The typical home-heating customer uses about 1,500 gallons of propane annually and requires a 500-gallon tank.Full Answer >
Propane tank refill prices depend on the current price of propane, the size of the tank and the filling company's fee, according to U-Haul and Ferrellgas. Customers can view weekly historic prices of propane through the U.S. Energy Information Administration website.Full Answer >