How many of you grill outside all year? We do, and have been known to shovel a trail in the winter so we have a place to work at the grill. But whether you are seasonal grilll-ers or year ’rounders, there’s nothing worse than running out of gas. For today’s Quick Tip Friday, I’m going to show you how to check the gas level in your tank so you don’t run out mid-grill.
I have run out of gas (well, propane to be exact) mid-grill more times than I would like to admit. I knew the tank might be low, but I thought I could squeak in one more grilling, only to have to finish cooking in the oven. Defeats the purpose and messes up the flavor, blah blah. Most grills are equipped with a gas gauge now, but if your grill is not, then follow this quick tip and technique to estimate the fuel level in your tank.
This tip is super easy and very effective. It works and is a good estimate if your grill does not have a gauge. The first thing you need to do is detach the tank from the grill.
Boil a cup of water and pour it over the side of the tank.
Feel the metal on the side of the tank with your hand. Where the water has succeeded in warming the tank, it is empty; where the tank remains cool to the touch, there is still propane inside.
I am estimating the tank in these photos is half full. Another tip I want to share to ensure your steaks aren’t left hanging on the grill, is to keep an extra filled tank on stand by. It’s just a good rule of thumb to have two tanks on hand. However, don’t let them both be empty; if one is empty, get it refilled right away so your not left in an empty tank pickle again.