How to check the level of a gas bottle

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Planning a BBQ with some friends this weekend but run out of gas? Never fear! Checking the level of gas in your bottle is WAY easier than it looks. Here’s how:

Tools & Materials

Empty gas bottle

Full gas bottle

Hot water

Scales

Soapy water

Spray bottle

Tools and materials needed to check gas bottle level

1. Give your bottle a shake

Got enough gas? There are a few ways to find out. The easiest is to shake your canister – if there is gas inside, you’ll hear it moving around. Easy!

Bunnings team member posing with a gas bottle

2. Weigh your gas bottle

If you’re not sure how much is there you may want to weigh your gas cylinder – the weight of the bottle without any gas in it is listed on the outside. If you’re hovering down near that number (in most cases, 8.5kg) chances are you’re going to need to change it over. How much it weighs is how much gas you have – genius!

Weighing the gas bottle

3. Use hot water

If you don’t have any scales handy, do the hot water test. Just grab a jug of hot water and pour it over the bottle. Run your hand down the canister until it feels cold, and that’s the level the gas is at. Voila!

Pouring hot water over the gas bottle

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