I know this has come up before, but what is the approximate weight of
a full and an empty propane tank like used on outdoor barbeques? I
have one of those strips that change color on the side of the tank,
but am having trouble seeing the color change.
17/18 lb empty
33/38 lb full
for those strips to work, apply warm water, then fire up
appliance for a minute. The fuel has to "boil off" and cool
tank wall, by that time you can feel the tank surface with
your hand and find the "top" of the liquid level without the
strip. You can also "slosh" the tank and get an idea where
the liquid level is, or use a cheap spring scale.
-- larry / dallas
Look for a "TW" and a number after it. This is the Tare Weight which is the
empty weight in pounds. Full weight varies. A lot of the tank exchange
companies are only selling 17 pounds net weight re-fills for a 20 lb. tank.
That is because of problems with the OPD valve with fully filled tanks.
As for the OP, he should have a spare tank on hand and not worry about the
level. It is a real PITA to run out half way through a steak.
re: A lot of the tank exchange companies are only selling 17 pounds
net weight re-fills for a 20 lb. tank.
And some are selling even less, as I mentioned earlier this evening in
a thread entitled "How much do propane tanks weigh?"
Here's what I posted:
I typically go with Blue Rhino replacements from Walmart, but I was in
a hurry and bought an AmeriGas replacement at Home Depot.
Here's the info from the tanks & labels:
- Tare Weight - 17.0 lbs
- Net Weight - 17.0 Lbs Propane
- Tare Weight - 17.5 lbs
- Net Weight - 15.0 Lbs Propane
I don't recall the exact prices, but I can just about guarantee that
the Home Depot price wasn't 13% percent cheaper!
Thanks to everyone, I'll disconnect the tank and weigh it on Sunday.
The 17 and 34 numbers are about what I rermembered, but I didn't know
if I should trust my memory or not. We don't use the grill very much,
so I was curious how far down we had fotten.
Still, buy a second tank, even if it's a small one, just to have on
What do you do now - take your tank in when you *think* it's almost
empty, giving away whatever is left in the tank, or finish cooking in
the kitchen when your tank runs out in the middle of a grilling
Only had the grill a year, don't use very often. Saw the 17 tare
weight on the tank top whan I removed the tand from under the grill.
Total weight was 28.5 lbs, so I have about 1/2 tank left, enough to
last throught the rest of this year. I don't want to buy a spare until
i get close to needing it. thanks to all who replied.
re: 17 tare weight & Total weight was 28.5 lbs, so I have about 1/2
28.5 - 17 = 11.5
You have 1/2 tank left only if your tank started with 23 lbs of
propane, which I doubt it did. Is there a label that tells you the
Net Weight of propane that the tank started with?
I have 2 tanks. The Blue Rhino one is labeled with a net weight of 17
lbs of propane and the AmeriGas one is labeled with a net weight 15
lbs of propane.
So at 11.5 lbs left in your tank, you could have 2/3 of a tank or as
much as 3/4 of a tank. But that's not what matters. Having 3/4 of a 15
lb net tank is the same as having 2/3 of a 17 lb net tank is the same
as having 1/2 of a 23 lb net tank.
What matters is how much you started with compared to how much you
have left. For example, if you've only used 3.5 lbs of a 15 lb net
tank, then you have a longer time before you need to get a replacement
than if you used 5.5 lb from 17 lb net tank over the same time period.
Do you know the original net weight of the propane in the tank?
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