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Old 10-04-2014, 05:52 AM   #1
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How do you guys measure your propane? Woke up this morning 40 outside and pretty cold inside. I had to go flip to the other tank. How do I avoid this? I know I don't want to run both tanks for this very reason. But how do I monitor the tank levels

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Old 10-04-2014, 05:53 AM   #2
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I have a 29bhs with two larger tanks
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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2 tanks should last a long long time.

If I think I might need gas I take one off and go top it it up.

I have never run out in many years of doing this. They don't need to be empty to refill
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How do you guys measure your propane? Woke up this morning 40 outside and pretty cold inside. I had to go flip to the other tank. How do I avoid this? I know I don't want to run both tanks for this very reason. But how do I monitor the tank levels

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No good way. I leave one full tank off so I know when the tank I'm using is empty. Then I turn on the full tank and go and get the empty one filled and use it as the full tank that is off. That way I always have a full tank in reserve. I think this a a very common way of doing it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #5
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I thought my regulator was supposed to automatically switch to the second tank (assuming it's on) when the first ran out, but that didn't happen so not sure if my regulator is bad or it was a misunderstanding on my part - I haven't gone through the manual yet to confirm. If it is supposed to switch, there's a red/green indicator on the regulator that indicates when the "primary" tank is empty and has switched to the "secondary".

As nbhybrid said, two tanks should last a long long time. Mine ran out our first ever trip out, but I've attributed that to the tank not being purged properly before it was filled as since having it refilled I've used it all summer.
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I have seen when the tanks are brand new or completely empty, people install a float gauge or you can buy a 20 or 30lbs tank with a float gauge already installed. My Self I know I can get about 12 to 15 days on 25 pounds. I then need a to fill the 30 lbs tank I upgraded to a bigger tanks that what the swift came with.
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:37 AM   #7
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I simply open one and leave the other close. When i runs empty I switch to the other and fill the previous. I know of no other way to do manager LP with out totally running out.

As for the comments that a tank should last a long time is very relative. For us, in the summer months, when the furnace never runs we can get ~20-25 nights out of a single 30# bottle running the fridge and water heater on LP plus a little bit of cooking.

In the fall, with cool days and cold nights and the furnace running, I get about 6 day/nights out of a single 30# bottle.

At deer camp, when it is cold often with snow, I get a week out of two 30# bottles.

furnace use has a lot to with LP consumption.
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By the way, the only way I have found to gauge the amount of LP left is to pour hot water on the bottle and then feel where the steel changes temp from warm to cool…that is the approx level of the LP.
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:51 AM   #9
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A friend of mine has a pressure gauge on his bottle. I'm just looking to find when the bottle is low. You it will never run out during the day. Has to run out at night. Not fun. So don't want to wait to run out. Just when it is low
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:57 AM   #10
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I just take one every 10 days or so. Switch over unhook it and top it off. It only takes a few moments and I always have propane.
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