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ran out of gas

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by miamirick, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    had everything ready for the fla lsu game last wwek and went out to get the smoker ready and the gas tank was empty,  (i think i left it open after the alabama debaucle) so had to improvise









    yes that is a crock pot full of rib meat  but you gotta eat right?

    goin to the store tomorrow to fill the tank

    got some fatties to smoke
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    happened to me last week too rick but i had 3 backups ready to go.........
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    btw - the grub looks great! [​IMG]
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Ya had a backup so it all went well looks like. [​IMG]
  5. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Looks good to me
  6. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Have had that happen to me ONCE-decided that I needed some extra tanks and now I have 4 tanks. One I found on the curb.  Some guy has placed his old gas grill out on the curb for bulk trash pick up and the tank was still attached to the grill. Since the guy was working in his yard, I asked him if he really meant to toss the tank too. He said that he didn't want any of it and if I wanted the tank, it was mine.  When I pulled the tank off, it still had about #15 pounds of propane still in it and the date of manufacture showed that the tank was less than 2 years old.
  7. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    What a beautiful spread of food!!!!   Hope it passed muster with your taste-tester.   I pulled the "damn, what happened to the propane" joke on myself more than once, I'm embarrassed to say.  I have a spare now!    @ Dutch-nice find! I'm going to keep my eyes open a bit better for those curb discoveries, a bit scary that it had that much propane still in it. It wouldn't blow up or anything, but just seems a little not quite right.   glad you gave it a good home.
  8. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    You did a GREAT job!! I want lunch now! :)

    In the future: Test your tank!!  I learned this one from a friend of mine who works for the gas company and it really works!!

    Grab a kettle full of boiling water. Carefully and GENTLY pour it down the side of your propane tank.  Feel the side of the metal tank. Where it is HOT there is no propane. You should be able to feel how far down the top of the propane is. I've ran out just an hour or two into a smoke, and that'll really tick me off.


  9. Great spread, necessity is the mother of invention and it look slike you improvised rather well. 

    So I've found this method to be great in keeping an eye on my propane usage.

    Take a look at the tank and you should see something that says TW - That is the tank weight of an empty tank.  Weigh the tank and subtract the tank weight.  That will give you your propane weight.  Dividie that by 4.23 to get your gallons of propane.  Then multiply that by 91500 that will give you your BTU's remaining.  You will need to know your burner rating in BTU then you can divide by that to give you the hours remaining.  Example

    TW - 17.2

    Current weight - 22

    Propane weight - 4.8 LBS

    Gallons of propane (weight /4.23) 1.134752

    BTU remaining(gallons *91500) 103829.79

    Hours remaining (BTU remaining / burner rating, in my case 15000) - 6.92 hours

    I hope this helps.  I strung this together froms posts here and some more research on Wiki-pedia

    I also write on my tank with the approx # of hours remaining as I weigh it after I'm done smoking.  I also keep a spare but at least I'm ready to go roughly when the tank runs out .
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking spread Rick. If you go electric you never have to worry about running out [​IMG]
  11. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hey scar your right,  bur on the other hand if i can remember to turn off the gas after drinking all day then i will still have gas for next weekend