Hot showers forever!

Or until that expensive water pressure system’s sudden but inevitable betrayal, in any case.

I’m quite pleased with myself this morning. Right now the only thing in Ian’s place that uses propane is the water heater. Gas to the kitchen stove is turned right off, since I don’t want to spend propane on a useless oven pilot. So I know exactly when the propane bottle sucked empty: It did so during yesterday evening’s heavenly shower. But – heh – I didn’t notice at the time because it wasn’t important.

This morning while taking Tobie on his long walkie, I saw at a glance…


…that the indicator on my brand-new bypass regulator had turned red. Empty bottle! Been waiting for that: It was nearly empty when I put it back online. In fact it lasted longer than I expected.

So during morning chores I threw a third 20# bottle – from my barbecue, which I never use – into the Jeep, adding it to the shower propane rotation.


I can fill the empty at my leisure, and running out of hot shower water is no longer a worry.

Me so smart!

I was late in my conversion to the Church of the Bypass Regulator, as applied to a handmade house. I always thought of them as an RV thing. Should have put one on the kitchen propane at the very start, because it invariably got me out in the cold and dark on the most frigid morning in the winter before I could make coffee. But that was a rare and tolerable hassle. I didn’t decide the matter was important until the winter of ’17, after the bedroom addition and that wonderful vented heater. When that bottle sucked dry it was an enormous hassle. So the following summer I put a bypass regulator on the bedroom propane. Then I figured, what the hell? Why not do the same thing for the kitchen stove? Now I consider them pretty much standard equipment.

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3 Responses to Hot showers forever!

  1. Robert says:

    I’ve often worried about whether there will enough gas in that 20# bottle to bring my passel of meat products to juicy, charred fruition on the grill. Bypass regulator: what a concept!

  2. Ben says:

    Being on-grid has huge advantages, except that one doesn’t get to live in gorgeous solitude. My grill is connected to an endless supply of natural gas. No tanks!

  3. Jeffrey says:

    Joel, a great public service would be to list the brand and model of the bypass regulator you used and the particular fitting sizes. There might be more than a few of us in need of the info.

To the stake with the heretic!