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Old 05-15-2017, 05:42 PM   #1
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1 lb. LP gas cylinder question

Do they make gas level gauges for portable 1 lb. LP cylinders? Would they be fairly accurate?

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Most accurate method is to weigh it. Gross and net weights should be marked on the cylinder.

I do this all the time with my little, 100 gram iso-butane canisters before heading out into the woods. If the canister is low on fuel I re-fill it from a larger (cheaper) iso-butane canister using an adapter. You can do the same with your one pound propane cylinders and save money.
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I'm too lazy to do that, but thanks. I'm doubting anyone makes them after Googling for awhile. Still, there ARE a lot of those l lb. cylinders sold. Maybe I could use a regular LP gauge and make note of where the needle is on the gauge when full?
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These gauges rely on pressure and unless you keep your propane cylinder where the ambient temp is pretty constant you can get inconsistent readings, especially from a tiny one pound cylinder.
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Are you concerned about running out of fuel in the middle of a cook?
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For slow cooking and not having to check the flame, ya. I could start with a new cylinder, which is what I do. However, I end up with partially full cylinders lying around.
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Are you concerned about running out of fuel in the middle of a cook?
I'll save those near empty ones for doing a couple of hamburgers or kabobs. If a company designed a gauge for just 1 lb. cylinders, I'd be tempted to buy one. It might not be possible for the level gauge to be accurate on such a small container, like you said. Still tho...they probably could make one designed with 1 lb. LP cylinders in mind. Yes?
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If portability is not important, with hose and adapter, you can use a larger propane tank instead.
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If portability is not important, with hose and adapter, you can use a larger propane tank instead.
That's probably why they don't make such a gauge for 1 lb. cylinders. I'd just thought I'd ask. I don't BBQ that often and buy 1 lb. cylinders of LP. I still don't see why they don't make one for $9.99.

I'd buy one, just out of laziness, for $9.99. Buy one get another free, just pay separate shipping and handling.

There are millions of 1 lb. LP cylinders sold each year.

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I use them on the heater for our golf cart in the winter. If you have an empty one and a full one, it's easy to tell how much you have. As Roadfix said, use your kitchen scales and you can tell exactly how much you have.
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I only use this size cylinder to lite my chimney or jet cooker. Although we have a two burner Coleman stove in our hurricane supplies, we have never used it.
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