Using bottled gas is very different to using other types of fuel, such as wood or coal. For one thing, it’s easy to see when you’re running low on solid fuels. However, with liquid gas cylinders, it can be almost impossible to know when it’s time for a refill. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue for all your friends and family, or you’re planning to sit outside at night under the warmth of your stylish patio heater, there’s never a good time to run out of fuel.
At Cranleigh Gas, our expert personnel have more than 20 years of combined industry experience serving customers throughout Dorking, Godalming and Guildford. During this time, we have stumbled upon some excellent methods of checking if you will soon require a gas bottle refill, without relying on a built-in gauge.
Some of these include:
1. Use Hot Water – This is one of the quickest methods for approximating the gas level of a propane tank. All you need to do is fill a container with hot water, pour it down the side of the cylinder and feel about with your hand for a cool spot. Wherever you detect this cool spot, the uppermost part denotes the fill level. While this may not be the most accurate way of measuring bottled gas levels, it’s good enough to give you an idea of whether or not you’ll need to contact Cranleigh Gas for a gas bottle refill or exchange
2. Judge the Weight – Some customers around Dorking, Godalming, Guildford and the surrounding areas, can estimate the fill level of a tank simply by picking it up. However, if that sounds impossible to you, then simply use a set of scales. By weighing the tank and subtracting the tare weight, you can determine how much fuel remains
3. Buy a Gauge - While both of the above suggestions can help you get a rough idea of whether or not you require a gas bottle refill or exchange, the easiest, and most accurate way is to simply buy a gauge. Whether you choose an inline pressure gauge or an analogue or digital set of tank scales, there’s no substitute for using a gauge to determine the fuel level of your bottled gas cylinder
If you have an empty cylinder on your hands, simply contact us to arrange for a collection and we will bring it back to our store for a refill or exchange. If you’re using a specialist gas cylinder, however, such as those from BOC or Hobbyweld, you can always pop into our shop and let us refill it while you wait.
We also provide replacements for faulty cylinders.
Unit 1, Killcopse Farm, Guildford Road, Shamley Green, Surrey, GU5 0SQ
Telephone: 01483 277884