Gas questions

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  1. carhil

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    Hi all

    How does one know when the gas is getting low ? On my regulator there isnt a gauge or any other indication of low gas other than the gas going off !! Is there some sort of in line device I can fit myself.

    Thats the first question.

    Second Q,

    Im going to get a small gas BBQ and I was just going to chuck in the gas barrel from my home BBQ. Its one of those see through jobbies. ( which is great for seeing whats left ! ) Are there any regs on carrying gas tanks like this ? it will go in the gas tank box along with the red gas tank.

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  2. Geo

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    There are many stick on the bottle gauges and add on gauges but none in my opinion accurate enough to rely on if you only carry one bottle
    I would make a strap to hold your BBQ plastic tank firmly in place even though it is in a gas locker vibration/rubbing on plastic can cause a leak over time
     
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    @carhil if you google.......gas level indicator........you will see plenty that do what your looking for. You can get ones that don't need the bottle moving .

    There is a great choice and prices as well
     
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    Don't waste your hard earned on a stick on level indicator.. they don't work..

    they are supposed to see the temperature interface between the liquid and gas level in the bottle..

    .. but this only happens when there is a big take off of gas, ie running heating .. or cooking with several burners..

    you can often see this in cold weather.. moisture in the atmosphere condenses on the bottle when the liquid gas is cooling down... so you can see the 'level'

    Most people have two bottles, when one is empty, change over and replace or fill the other .

    You can carry an extra bottle, but as said, make sure it is tied in, and doesn't rub against any gas pipes or fittings, or the other bottle..
     
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  6. WillH

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    I use the old rule, when it runs out it's empty. We carry two bottles of course.
     
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    The old ways are the best.
     
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    I carry two bottles (y)
     
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    So basically, if I understand correctly, you will have one "Calor" type and one "BP patio gas" type cylinder. Of course, they both have different bottle connections, but it would make sense to find a way of using both in the MH (screwdriver, jubilee clip, second Calor connector - not quite that simple, I know) then you have the best of both worlds. Certainly an avenue worth exploring, but don't explore it at 80mph or the righteous brothers will be on you again....... :whistle2:
     
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    Us too. We don't use that much gas though so a bottle lasts ages. Our lightweight Calor bottles have a little gauge but I've no idea how accurate they are.
     
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    Like Muddibootz we don't use much gas except in the winter for heating. I had occasion to change a cylinder recently though and our local supplier could only give me a 3.9kg cylinder, he reckoned that 6kg were rarer than hen's teeth. Anyone else had this problem?
     
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    Yarp. I fancied id do a fair bit of outdoor cooking so would rig one up just for that purpose. I have a spare slot in the gas box with tie down etc so it would be safe. I just wondered if there were any specific regulations on transporting the plastic type bottles rather than steel. I guess if there was id never get one back from B&Q :LOL:

    I will look into a screw in line type gauge. It would be nice to have some idea of when it will be empty as I cant think of anything worse than a half cooked sausage if the gas runs dry.

    Nope, I wont be telling anyone what speed i go at from now on. Thank god they dont know what happens on my Motorbike................ooops :D:D
     
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    Gas pressure gauges aren't really a lot of good - they simply register the vapour pressure until there is no more vapour, in which case they register zero. No matter how full or empty, providing there is liquid there, the pressure will be the same, assuming the temperature is the same. I got some refillable gas bottles which have a real gauge which physically works - Gaslow R67 bottles are an example, as are similar bottles from Auotgas 2000. but then you need the refilling point. Bonus is much much cheaper gas and easy to refill, downside is cost of installation. worth a look at if you either use a lot of gas or don't like lugging cylinders around
     
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    I can. If the fridge is on gas when it runs out, you could have warm beer :)
     
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    The only definitive way to know how much is left is to weigh the bottle. It's largely irrelevant though as if there is gas left then it's not empty, if it's empty then there is no need to weigh it. If you can be bothered, disconnect the bottle, hoist it up to shoulder level then gently tip it back and forth on the vertical axis and you can hear the liquid sloshing around. It actually gives you a good idea of how much is left.
     
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