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Old 05-18-2017, 11:47 AM   #1
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Can I add a propane gauge?

My propane regulator has a "gauge port" on the side, but I can't find an obvious gauge to install. I don't want to use those silly grill gauge things though. I'd like a quality gauge.
Any experience or thoughts?
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The regulator gauge port is there for pressure calibration, it does not tell you anything about how full the tanks are as propane in the tanks is a liquid and you would need to measure how much liquid is left in the tank to tell how full it is.
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You're talking about a pressure gauge. Propane is sold as a liquid and it forms gas to fill the space above the liquid. It will not be an accurate gauge of how much propane, it will change pressure readings as temperature changes, but won't show low pressure until almost empty of liquid.

Permanent or large tanks actually have a float in the tank, riding on the liquid like a regular gas tank, not something you can add to a portable tank.

If your tank(s) are accessible, use one of these to check levels. A pan of warm water poured over the tank will show the level instantly.
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I have this and it works very well.
https://www.amazon.com/Products-024-...+level+monitor
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I have this and it works very well.
https://www.amazon.com/Products-024-...+level+monitor


Yep, I have this for out two tanks, too and it works good.
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My propane regulator has a "gauge port" on the side, but I can't find an obvious gauge to install. I don't want to use those silly grill gauge things though. I'd like a quality gauge.
Any experience or thoughts?
The gauge port on the side of the regulator is a low presssure port for a 0 to 15" w.c. gauge. Typical setting would be 12" static dropping to 10.5" to 11" with 50 percent load.

Typically this is only used to calibrate the regulator.
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The only "gauge" I use for my propane tanks is the one that automatically flips over to the other tank when the one it's set to goes empty. Then I look and see that the one I had set it to is empty, flip the knob so it's pointed to the other tank, and go get the empty one refilled.

I've run out of propane once in two years doing this.
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Best way to check propane

Pour a cup of hot water down the side and then run your hand down to it gets cold, Works everytime and no expense
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