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Expired 20 Pound Propane Tank

So you go to fill up your propane tank and they tell you that it has expired, what’s up with that? Well thanks to our federal government propane tanks do actually expire every 12 years and some tanks even have a warning about it stamped on the upper ring. They cite safety reasons for this law. So how do you handle an expired propane tank?

How to know that your tank has expired:  All recently manufactured 20 pound propane tanks have a date stamp on the top ring, (see image above) this is when the tank was made. If you add 12 years to that date that would be the expiration date. In the case of our tank pictured above the date is 02/2014 so the expiration date is 02/2026.

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Temperature Control on Charcoal Grill

Temperature control on charcoal grill is all in the vent settings of your grill and a few other easy to control factors. In this post we are going in depth into the vent settings on a Weber Kettle and what temperatures you can expect to reach with them. This is geared towards someone who is new to charcoal grilling.

When your just starting out grilling with it is important to be consentient with the amount of charcoal you use. We are using a basic charcoal chimney full (around 5lb’s of charcoal) but you can measure it with whatever you would like. A few suggestions are 2 coffee cans full or 3 or 4 extra large plastic cups full of coals. Piled to one side of your grill.

Once you have your charcoal lit (we have several articles about this that can be found here, here, or here) bring your grill up to temp. We do this by covering the grill and leaving both vents wide open, letting the grill sit for about 10 minutes. Leaving your top vent open at all times adjust your lower vent to where you need it set (see below) open the lid for a few seconds, if closing the vent and recover the grill. Let it sit for around 5 to 10 minutes and you should be where you need to be.

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How to Grill Lobster Tails

Learning how to grill lobster tails is easy, frankly there aren’t to many things that are this simple to grill. Don’t be hesitant to try this just because they are expensive. With very little prep and just a few minutes of grilling you can have a perfectly grilled lobster tail. To begin if your tails are frozen let them thaw for at least a day maybe two depending on the size.

After the lobster tails are fully thawed get a large sharp kitchen knife and chop them in half, lengthwise. Place the point of your knife into the tin tail section and rock that knife back hard and fast to crack the shell. If at first you don’t succeed, Hold the knife level across the back and give it a whack to finish the job. Then fold the tail open, the lower part of the shell keeps it attached, and season to taste. We simply use salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder on ours.

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