Out of the Blue

It is with great joy that I announce the re-establishment of the sovereign state of Manstovia. We had to re-home my beloved charcoal grill when we moved, as our new homeowner's association doesn't allow them. So yesterday we picked up my first-ever propane model. It's a small four-burner jobbie, but this is appropriate to our deck and needs. Despite the modest size, we were surprised to find it would not actually fit in our car, so we had to remove it from the box to get it home, but thankfully this worked out. It gets very positive reviews despite being surprisingly inexpensive, and it was on-sale for 37% off, so it felt like a steal. The biggest concern from the reviews were repeated complaints of hard to understand instructions and difficult assembly, but those things are in my wheelhouse, so putting it together was a snap. At least until I lost a small cotter pin. But we had to go to Lowe's for a cover anyway, and I found a replacement pin that was far more robust for all of 37 cents. Actually they were two for $0.74, so now I have a spare. The whole process of two store trips and assembly was so time consuming that I didn't actually grill our dinner, so the official Manstovia flag-raising will probably happen today.

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Apr 29, 2020, 15:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 29, 2020, 15:20
Apr 29, 2020, 15:20
 WarPig
 
Did it come with a tank gauge? I got a Weber Spirit II - in Ivory which looks quite nice - and it's a good little grill but didn't come with a tank gauge, which is pretty cheap on Weber's part. Need to pick one up. They're $20 on Amazon.


That's a good tip. Though since it seems like the ultimate nightmare of gas grilling is running out of gas, so I was thinking I'd eventually pick up a spare tank.

I'm not so sure how well these tank gauges work - that is if we're talking about the in-line pressure type gauges. I quit using mine because it seemed like as soon as I noticed that the gauge wasn't in the green, the tank was a few minutes away from quitting. I don't definitely know how this works, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but I don't think a tank's pressure changes much as it empties. If it did, you'd constantly have to adjust where you set the regulator valves as the tank goes down.

That being said, they do work if you catch them at the right time. Like if you see it in the yellow after you're done cooking you'll know to fill the tank before using it again. But, if it goes yellow in the middle of cooking something you may end up finishing up in your oven. That why, like you said, having a spare tank is the way to go.


Edit: Okay, I looked it up... https://www.hunker.com/12000128/why-propane-tanks-do-not-have-pressure-gauges
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