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Old 12-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #15
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To check the propane level pour warm water over the tank. You will feel the difference when you slide your hand down the tank and reach the propane level. This will be more pronounced when the tank is in use.. It is not unusual to develop a frost line at this point when conditions are right.

We carry a third tank, When the first one is empty it goes in the back of the truck for refill. We boondock a lot and try to avoid special trips out for propane. Also gives us the chance to fill where the price is better.
Also with the newer valves it is best to turn on the tank slowly. If the flow is to great at first it may shut down
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Where did I go wrong??? The original gauges on my tanks seem to provide a very accurate reading of status - both on the read-out at the stove hood and at the tanks. Was there something unique about the gauges on the 2000 series Excella???
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:59 PM   #17
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i believe those gauges are a float type.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:32 AM   #18
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Well the most convenient and reliable way to ascertain the propane level in a tank is to look at the float gauge. If your tanks are not equipped with float gauges, you can buy ones that are. They have them over at vintagetrailersupply.com in both 30 and 40 pound.

The most accurate way to determine the propane level in a tank is to weigh it. They are stamped with the tare weight in pounds on the collar, after the letters TW. So you weigh the tank, subtract the tare, and that's how many pounds of propane you have. A bathroom scale works fine, or a hanging scale from a farm store. Not very convenient but if you are preparing for a trip and really want to know exactly and for sure that's the way to go.

The hot water trick others have described also works. What I do is take a tea kettle full of boiling water and pour a stream down the side of the tank for 5-10 seconds. Then wait for a little bit and (carefully) feel for the temperature change. If you've been running the furnace constantly for a while (half hour) the hot water isn't necessary because the tank walls covered by liquid will already be considerably colder.
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Where did I go wrong??? The original gauges on my tanks seem to provide a very accurate reading of status - both on the read-out at the stove hood and at the tanks. Was there something unique about the gauges on the 2000 series Excella???


Us too...keep an eye on the gauges, red sight glass get it filled.
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In reference to racoco's question about inexpensive tank gauges...since our A/S is probably the same as yours...I tried it about two years ago. It wouldn't even fit as the hose from the tanks won't accomodate the gauge because of a sharp curve the hoses take. What I can say about it is that it seems to work well on my barbecue. As for figuring out tank contents, I think everybody who commented on this thread know how to do it.

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