Picture this: you’ve had a tough day in the shop and your mouth is watering for a cold one and some beer-can chicken, but you’re not sure how much gas you have left. That’s where the Original Grill Gauge helps — simply attach the gauge to your gas tank and lift to tell whether you need to make a gas run before you light the fire.
It’s not a new concept; Even my Weber grill has a similar — if not as accurate — gauge on the bracket that holds the tank. These gauges work much like the fish scale that Sean used to test Penntek’s Power Pull Hammer, weighing the tank — and taking into account an average tank’s empty weight — to guess how much gas remains. But I’m a little dubious of the Gauge’s accuracy claims. Doesn’t empty weight vary from tank to tank?
That said, it’s still better than other solutions I’ve seen that involve sticking crap to the tank or attaching dials to the nozzle. Those limit you to measuring the gas in a single tank. If you’re like me, you’ve got a few tanks that you rotate in and out of service during the grilling season.
I figure that at a street price of about $15, it can’t hurt to keep one of these around. And if you’re shopping for one, check the Google Products link below where I managed to find one for under $10.