PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – No doubt you’ve been there. Your grill is loaded with food, a hungry crowd is waiting to eat and you run out of gas.

Consumer Reports has the lowdown on some products designed to help you avoid this barbecue blunder.

“The translucent tank is a pretty new design that we just tested, and you can see it allows you to see the propane that’s still in there. And if you have trouble seeing, you can highlight the back of it and see the liquid pretty clearly,” Steve Bova from Consumer Reports said.

However, the tanks can cost about $90 and Consumer Reports found it didn’t fit in some grills.

Another solution is getting a grill with a propane gauge.

However, if your grill didn’t come with a gauge, you can get an aftermarket one which tells you when it’s time to refill.

Another solution would be to keep a second tank on hand.

“It’s a good idea to have a backup tank, especially if you do a lot of grilling. It’s an easy thing to do. You can just have a second tank. Always keep it filled. When the other tank runs out, just switch them and you’re ready to go,” Bova said.

If you’re looking for a new grill that comes with a propane gauge, Consumer Reports recommends the Weber Genesis E-330.

It costs about $800, but it performed well in their low- and high-temperature tests, and its coated cast-iron grates are perfect for grilling.


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