Monday, March 21, 2011

How much propane in your tank?

Manchester Tank 10054 5# ACME/OPD Vertical LP Tank
Propane tanks used to be included in the purchase of a gas grill. Not anymore.
As a result, propane tanks have gone high-tech, and you may want to pay attention when shopping for a new cylinder.

The new tank on the market now actually lets you see the level of gas left in it. The Liter Cylinder is made from a translucent composite material that makes it easy to see how much liquid propane (LP) is remaining in the tank--which means there's no longer an excuse for running out of gas while hungry diners wait in frustration for dinner to finish cooking.

Worthington 302018 40-Pound Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device ValveAnother big difference is that the 20-pound LP cylinder weighs about 30 percent less than a traditional steel cylinder.

The casing around the tank is made from molded plastic, which also contributes to the decreased weight. With many more women barbecuing today and millions of aging baby boomers still barbecuing, this lighter cylinder is sure to be popular. The casing is offered in several colors, lending a designer touch to every backyard. The cylinder is available currently in beechwood, red, blue and yellow. Unlike steel, it is corrosion-and rust-free. It is also low maintenance because the exterior can be cleaned readily with soap and water.

In January 2006, Good Housekeeping recognized The Liter Cylinder with one of eight of its 11th Annual Good Buy Awards given to new household products that solve common problems and are excellent values. It noted that this composite cylinder is easy to fill, easy to attach to a grill and easy to handle due to its lightweight. A Good Housekeeping editor who demonstrated some of the winning products subsequently featured it on "Good Morning America."

Now, when it's timing to select a propane cylinder for the new grill -or even a patio heater or mosquito trap-you have more options than ever before.

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