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How To Read A Propane Gas Gauge

propane tank level new yorkIf you use propane in your Western NY home, you have to keep close tabs on how much gas is in the tank so you know when you need to schedule a propane delivery or get a propane cylinder refill. The question is, how do you read that gauge?

In some small propane gas cylinders (such as the one on your barbecue), there is no gauge – the best way to judge how much gas is left is to simply weight it.

Most propane grill tanks come with two numbers stamped on the handle – the water capacity (“WC”) and “Tare Weight” (TW – the weight of the tank when empty). Most empty barbecue tanks weigh about 17 pounds and hold about 20 pounds of gas; to measure how many pounds of propane are left in your tank, simply weigh it on a scale and subtract the TW number. For example, if a tank weighing 28 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there’s about 11 pounds of gas left – a little more than half a tank.

Don’t have a scale? Try this method using a little hot tap water.

It gets easier with large (100+ gallons) propane tanks, since they usually have a fuel gauge. Typically located under the tank dome or cover, the gauge looks a lot like the fuel gauge on an old car, with readings ranging from 0 to about 90 percent (see why 90 percent and not 100 percent below). We recommend that you schedule a propane delivery when your tank is no less than 25 percent full – especially during heating season – to avoid a propane run-out.

Keep an eye on your propane levels this fall and winter – and when the time comes, always schedule propane delivery in Buffalo and Rochester, NY from the pros at Irish Propane. Contact us to schedule a propane delivery today!

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