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Is That Really A Solution to the Problem?

This past week we purchased yet another replacement Bar B Q at the Big Cajun Chateau (we get a new one every 4 years or so (if anyone can give me a method to make them last longer, feel free to leave a comment)) and this new one is working quite nicely, however there is a problem that I have had with every propane Bar B Q that I have owned, and that is I never can figure out when my tank is empty and needs to be refilled (I find out when the bar b q goes out). What could be the solution to the problem of empty tanks?

When Your Bar B Q is Full of Insulation from a Squirrel, Time To Get a New One
When Your Bar B Q is Full of Insulation from a Squirrel, Time To Get a New One

I have noticed that the tank seems to always run out about 10 minutes into cooking either chicken or pork, I am not sure how this happens, but it just does seem to happen that way. It has on occasion run out 2 minutes into cooking hamburgers as well, and in these situations we are stuck trying to finish cooking things that really do need to be cooked well.

I have come up with a fantastic solution to this problem, that should resolve this confounding problem.  If I simply only cook steak on the Bar B Q I will never run out of propane, because I have yet to have a tank “give out” in the middle of cooking steaks.

In a non-related story, I have also noticed that my AmWex card doesn’t seem to ever have a very high balance however my MisterCarte seems to have high balances every month, so I am thinking of using my AmWex card more, so I have lower balances.

Anyone see the flaw in this logic?

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  1. We find the tankS always run out only when we have company. Good thing the broiler still works. (My brother who still does charcoal only has no trouble telling if he has enough fuel….and his food tastes way better. Maybe you should just fill the bottom of your gas one with hickory briquets!)

    Our bbq is about 14 years old now. We do have an extremely thick vinyl cover for it that we’ve used every day as soon as it cools. Not sure why yours are wearing out: innards or shell?

  2. I hooked my bbq up to a house gas line. No more worries about running out mid-cooking. It’s a different size orifice in the manifold but my Kirkland bbq came with fittings for both LP and natural gas so it was an easy swap. You can also drill out the holes in the manifold to the correct size for house gas.

    I order new replacement burners every year (free lifetime replacement warranty – gotta love Kirkland) and after 8 or 9 years it’s still going strong.

    1. Well, in Canada that kind of work MUST be done by a licensed gas fitter (i.e fiddling with the meter and adding connections and such), but my father in law has this and does swear by them as well.

  3. Living in southern California may be different for how long a barbeque lasts. My current one is 14 years old. I have replaced certain parts over the years, but it is still going. Original cost was a couple hundred dollars. I run out of propane too. I bought an extra tank and that is my safety.

  4. Buy a second tank of gas and have it ready. When your first one runs out, just hook up the other tank, then go get the first one filled.

    FYI, don’t d0 propane exchanges. Find a place that will fill your tank. The exchanges will only fill 15 pounds, where a place that fills it should give you the full 20 pounds that your tank holds, for the same price.

  5. You’re buying cheap non-brand barbeques. It does make a difference.Go buy yourself a weber barbeque :). We’ve had our weber for, I dunno, 6-8 years?

    And after a half a dozen years when something gives out, just replace the part. You don’t need to throw away the entire barbeque over the burner, burners are $50 at home hardware.

    1. Agree, we’ve had our Weber Genesis (middle of the Weber range) and are going on 5 years. It’s lived outside for the winters (here in Ontario) – the only thing I forget and kick myself is not taking out the battery for the ignitor in the fall – it’s corroded in the spring and I need to clean it up. As soon as I get that cleaned it still fires up perfectly.

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