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Old 09-09-2013, 10:56 PM   #11
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I've filled a low tank.
Why wait on that last little bit to go and run out. They only charge you for what they put in at a refill station.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:17 AM   #12
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I run til empty. Local propane co charges flat rate to fill a bottle.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:03 AM   #13
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I'm with you, Cheat. Run one until its empty, switch over to the second. Then you know you're officially half full (or half empty, I guess.) I use this method for the RV and for my two 100# tanks that run my house generator. I also have one of those gauges from CW that you install at the tank valve, not sure how accurate it is but better than nothing. I've also heard that you can pour a bucket of warm water over the tank and see where the frost line forms to tell how much LP is still in the tank. Haven't tried that one yet.
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I thought it was cold water? Oh well.

DCheat that stinks. Local UHaul fills them like a car gas tank. Fill it till it overflows and read the meter.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:47 PM   #15
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either cold or warm works as long as you are using significant propane at the time, eg that stove, furnace, or HW heater. Its the propane evaporating at the surface of it's level in the tank that creates the frost line. Its the same for the magnetic strips by the way.
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I thought it was cold water? Oh well.

DCheat that stinks. Local UHaul fills them like a car gas tank. Fill it till it overflows and read the meter.
Yeah, I bought a partial tanks worth years ago at royal gorge, and it only took a few pounds to fill. Charged me some odd amount like $7.15.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #17
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I run til empty. Local propane co charges flat rate to fill a bottle.
I've filled a partially empty tank before a long trip. Propane places here fill by weight and charge accordingly so I only paid for the propane they put in the tank.
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I run til empty. Local propane co charges flat rate to fill a bottle.
I think Herk posted something a while back that said if your furnace quits due to an empty tank, you'd have to pull and replace the furnace fuse to get it to reset. That would be an unwanted task in the middle of the night. Herk, please correct me if I misunderstood your explanation.
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I think Herk posted something a while back that said if your furnace quits due to an empty tank, you'd have to pull and replace the furnace fuse to get it to reset. That would be an unwanted task in the middle of the night. Herk, please correct me if I misunderstood your explanation.
All I would have to do on mine is turn it off briefly at the thermostat, but I can't say what Herk would need to do on his (or you on yours; why not turn the tank off and find out.)
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I still use the infrared temp gun I carry to check the propane levels. It works well for determining where the propane is in the tank, and I already have it with me for tires\hubs while traveling.
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