Refill vs swap. The capacity of the standard 20 lb propane tank is, well.. around 20 lbs. Several years ago, some swap services started to underfill tanks. For example, it’s my understanding that Blue Rhino fills to 15 lbs and Heritage Propane fills to 17 lbs.
For me, refilling a tank to 20 lbs is actually less expensive than swapping it out. For the purpose of comparison, let’s say that refilling and swapping are the same… $20 to swap and $20 to refill. The fill costs you $1/lb. If you’re refilling with a vendor that fills to 15 lbs, you’re paying $1.33/;b or 33% more.
When you refill your tank – You’re, generally, saving money, You’re supporting a local business and saving yourself time because you don’t have to get propane as often.
Extra tanks. I suggest having an extra tank (or two) of propane on hand. Running out of propane mid brew is a bummer. It is inconvenient and you can end up with a different beer than you intended because of the delay. This can also be a money saving thing too if you refiller charges by the tank. Since you don’t want to run out of propane on brew day, you may be more likely to swap or refill a tank that still have propane left in it.
You can use these to portion out hop additions and other boil additions and for pH and gravity sample containers. These are a great size and don’t take a lot of room since they nest together. Check out my Hands on Review
Propane Tank Gauge Scale to give you an approximation of how much propane you have left. Rakuten has this for $14.99 with free shipping. Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.
4 Event Whiteboard Timer by Taylor Precision Products. 0.75″ digits in a 0.8″ readout. Time up to 4 events simultaneously. Each event can time either up or down.. Built in clock. Unique tones for each event. Includes 4.5″ by 3.5″ whiteboard. Uses 2 AAA Batteries, which are included.
Use to time hop and other boil additions on brew day and more. The whiteboard lets you document each addition.
SH-140L by Camp-Chef. 60,000 total BTU/hr, commercial quality cast burner. 24″ cooking height.
Prior to moving to a Blichmann TopTier I owned and used this exact burner. I really liked it. One big advantage, that this burner has is that the included leg extensions make it tall enough to drain directly into most fermenters.