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Old 07-04-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Keeping track of propane

I wonder how most people manage their propane tanks. My husband wants to use one tank (with the other tank turned off), and when it's empty, switch to the other one. I want them both on, because if I have something in the oven and the propane runs out, then I don't know about it right away, and then I cannot re-light the oven because it is too hot to put my hand in. Having both tanks on guarantees a steady supply.

So I leave both tanks on, and once a week (when we are camping) I test both tanks by turning off one, running something like the stove burner for a few minutes, and if it does not go out, then that tank has propane in it. I repeat for the other tank.

How do you people handle the propane situation? If you don't use the oven, then I am sure it is not a problem. Running out in the middle of a very cold night would also not be nice.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:23 PM   #2
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From what I understand, I have an automatic switch-over selector valve. I open the valves on both tanks, but have the selector to the one I want to be the primary. If it runs out, the valve automatically switches over to the other tank.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:25 PM   #3
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We use one tank at a time. When it is empty I switch over and refill the empty asap.
I understand your cooks delimna you could turn on both tanks when you use your oven.
Another way to check the tank level is pour a cup of hot water down the side of the tank and it will show condensation at the level of the fuel.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:28 PM   #4
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I splurged and bought gauges. Not a lot of $$ and they tell me at a glance how full they are.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:06 PM   #5
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I never use the auto switch over as you really do not know when the tank is low. I wait until I run out on one then switch over as I know that one is full. I should have enough time to get it filled.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:19 PM   #6
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With both tanks open when the tank that has been selected runs out, it will switch to the second tank and the indicator will show red. Switch the regulator to the second tank and the indicator will go back to green. I like to keep one tank off so that I know when I have an empty tank. If both tanks are left open then the regulator has to be checked regularly to see if it has changed to red.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:22 PM   #7
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We have always left both tanks open and I check the automatic selector every morning to see when it changes to red. Once it changes over we fill the empty tank that day so (knock on wood) we never run out
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:27 PM   #8
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Leave them both open. The automatic switch over does the rest. It switches to the full tank when the first one go's empty showing red on the indicator instead of green. Turn the indicator to the other tank and it will show green again. Take the empty tank out and get it refilled. Pretty simple.
Some make it more complicated then necessary. Let it work for you the way it's suppose to.
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I splurged and bought gauges. Not a lot of $$ and they tell me at a glance how full they are.
It has been my experience that those gauges read full till empty.
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Tim, Not at all. I have them on my BBQ as well and they work fine.
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