I have a standard hand-held Benzomatic propane torch, probably 35+ years ol
d. Fortunately I have never run out of gas in the middle of an important p
roject, and I do have 3 hardware stores within a five minute drive. But I
sometimes do projects late at nite after the stores would be closed, and it
would be nice to know when my propane cylinder (~2.75" diameter, 11" long)
is about to run out.
I could weigh an empty cylinder, but that could be tomorrow or late next ye
ar, I don't have a clue how much my present cylinder has been used. Ideas
On 12/5/2013 3:22 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My Master Mechanic torch must be that old too and I either got new tank
or it is still near full.
I notice all they give is a tare weight and you would have had to weight
it when new to see when near empty.
I also note that the squatter tanks used for my camp stove will fit the
torch. They are fairly cheap and I have extra so I need not worry about
the torch running out.
Also think if you shake the tank and do not feel liquid squishing around
it may be near empty.
I have a cylinder in my garage at this very moment that I can hear/feel
liquid moving around when I shake it, yet when I hook it up to my portable
grill, the burner will not ignite.
Swap in a different, apparently fuller one (heavier and louder) and the
grill works fine.
That makes no sense but I gave up on trying to figure out when I needed
more gas for my grill and now just keep around an extra filled tank.
Reminds me that I had been grousing about Blue Rhino only selling 4 gal
of propane in their 5 gallon tanks. Then, I talked to a guy that had a
tank overfilled resulting in a fireball type explosion that nearly
killed him. Better safe than sorry.
I always have multiple cylinders around because I have a portable grill,
camp stove, a couple of lanterns, torches, etc.
For long camping trips I take a 20 lb tank. I have hoses and a T fitting so
I can run my grill and stove off of one tank and never worry about running
BJ's fills the 20 lb tanks all the way for a lot cheaper than any trade-in
place. However, they charge full price regardless of how much is left in
the tank. U-Haul charges only for what they put in the tank, but it usually
takes longer to get them filled than at BJ's. They are cheaper than BJ's
even for a full tank but there are times when I want to get in and out.
BJ's is always much faster.
Uh...yeah...we hear about that sort of thing happening all the time, don't
Not me. My halogen bulbs already burned down
the house. Which killed the alligators coming
out of the toilet, and dried up the retaining
wall, where I'd put the garden hose to chase
off the pocket gophers and green garden snakes
(which everyone knows are harmless). Fortunately,
on rec puzzles and rec crafts metalworking,
they had a "what is it" picture of a fire
hydrant wrench, so the responding FD was able
to open the hydrant and get water to the fire.
They used a 90% efficiency fire truck which was
power vented through a crawl space, to pump the
water which was fluoridated for cavities. My
burglar alarm failed to report the fire, due to
the bad power transformer, and the bad board.
Sadly, I am homeless because Obama Care cancelled
my insurance. Yes, I do have to always criticize
And they lived sadly ever after. "Hold my beer and
watch this, woman!" The end.
1) cheaper than propane, so someone came up
with the idea to put some in, and fake out
2) hose left open during the rain storm, and
then hooked to the tank; water goes ahead of
3) evil gremlins theory
Just for giggles, you may want to tip the
cylinder upside down, and open the tank
valve. See if a bunch of rusty water comes
out. Might not work with OPD that needs a
device attached. Put your 16 ounce refil
adaptor on, to fake out the thread valve.
gas grill, I think of the pedestal type, with the
twenty pounder. Thanks for correcting the oops,
and clearing that up.
Those table top grills sure can be wonderful. Take
them on picnics. And thy can be used to cook when
the electric is off, and the electric range is cold.
Not recommended to use indoors for heat, but when
things are desperate. I do remember a friend who had
a winter power cut, and used that and several other
propane devices to fight the cold.
How water would get into one of them tanks? Only
if done at the factory. The other thing, is that when
the tank is cold (such as being outdoors these days)
the temperature and pressure in the tank fall. If
you warm the tank a bit, the pressure may come back
to normal. I've had that happen when I was trying to
warm a camp building in the winter, while doing some
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