Ian’s place never required very much propane; until last year there was never anything in there that used it but a kitchen stove – that nobody uses. So it had two swappable 20-pound bottles and that was all.
But then last year Landlady completed an inline water heater installation. This Spring we finished a genuine townie-style shower, and rejoicing was heard in the Lair.
Yes! I have access to a real townie shower, and it’s grand. However it did raise the question of how long that little 5-gallon propane bottle was going to last – and the issue of how long it took to bleed dozens of yards of pipe before I could get the heater to fire up the first time. I really didn’t want that bottle to suck dry.
And if I disconnected an almost-empty bottle and swapped it for a full one, would the pipe contents stay flammable or would I have to laboriously bleed it again? I was pretty sure it would be all right – but I also know that Murphy is alert for opportunities to screw me over.
Turns out it works just fine. As long as I never let the bottle go empty, I can swap them out with a minimum of hassle. Good to know: I’ve worried about that for months.