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VERY IMPRESSED ! I am a frugal educated shopper and after going to several big box stores and other Brinkmann hardware stores looking for help deciding between 2 high priced snow blower models I was blown away by the patience and courtesy extended to me after I asked one complex technical question after another. I was particularly impressed with Chris’ knowledge and professionalism. In today’s world of mediocre employees it was a pleasure dealing with exceptional ones, thank you. I left confident I chose the right model and the right hardware store.

Blue Point

Gary and Ron were great. I called up looking for an Ariens snowblower, and needed it that day before we were expected to receive significant snowfall in New York. I was able to pay over the phone and my new snowblower was delivered to my house in a few hours. The delivery driver’s were also great, however I can not remember their names. They showed me all of the features of the snowblower, and had it up and running for me, ready to go for the storm. This was my first purchase at Brinkmann’s, but you have earned a customer for life. Thanks again!

Tom V

Always surprised at how much they have here. Like most, I usually travel to Home Depot or Lowe’s for my major home improvement projects. However, I’ve found that more often than not I can find many of the supplies I need right here in town and at a fair price. I actually purchased a great snowblower here a couple of years ago which has served me well. The staff is helpful, so I can get in, get what I need and get back to my project in minutes instead of hours. Oh yeah, Benjamin Moore paints. I’m a regular, I would recommend you give it a try.


On the phone they were professional. Not pushy about the extended warranty. Delivered promptly and explained snow blower without rushing. Thank you!

Blue Point

The salesman was extremely helpful. Snowblower was delivered next day and that person also went over how to use it. Excellent customer service.

Blue Point

In need of a new snow blower of better quality than the one i now own i decided to shop on the internet and found the product i was looking for was carried locally at the Miller Place Brinkmann’s, I stopped by on Monday and was pleasantly surprised that they had all the available modelsi was considering on display . I was assisted by Dave D. who answered all my questions and concerns and advised me that if i was interested i could have the blower set up and delivered that afternoon at no extra charge. No pressure, no stress and best of all the delivery was made on time and as promised. I should also note that the delivery man Quinton was able to navigate his truck up a difficult driveway and did a walk thru of the blowers features. Very professional! In all, a pleasant experience with two outstanding employeesThus 5 Stars. I hope to be as fortunate with the snow blower when the time comes—–

Mike L
Miller Place

How to tell if your propane tank is empty

How to Tell If Your Propane Tank Is EmptyHomeowners often wonder whether they’ll run out of fuel during a barbeque. No one wants their cook time cut short by an empty propane tank, which can prompt a trip to the store in the middle of a cookout.

Most tanks don’t show the level of propane. Fortunately, there are ways to see how much propane is left or at least determine whether the tank is empty or not.

4 Ways to Check How Much Propane Is Left

There are four ways to see how much liquid propane there is in your tank.

  • 1. With Water

    Pouring hot water on the side of the tank is a low-tech method. Hot tap water will do just fine. Just fill a cup or bucket and pour the water on the tank. Next, feel the side of the tank. If the tank feels cool, there is propane inside; the fuel absorbs heat from the water. The side of the tank will feel warmer where there isn’t any propane. Although this won’t tell you exactly how much is left, you can use your touch to approximate the level based on where the tank feels warm or cool.
  • 2. By Weight

    You can also weigh the tank on a scale. Assuming the typical tank holds 20 pounds of propane and the weight of an empty propane tank is 17 pounds,1 you can weigh the unit and subtract 17 from the value you get. For exact numbers to use, check the water capacity and empty tank weight listed on the side of the unit. If the scale registers 30, for example, then subtract 17 to get 13, which is how many pounds of propane are left. The average grill uses around 1.5 pounds per hour.2 So, based on tank weight, you can assume there’s plenty of time left for cooking.
  • 3. By Cooking Time

    The time you’ve used a gas grill on the same tank may help estimate how much fuel is left. Each grill has a BTU rating. About 92,000 BTUs are produced by one gallon of propane, and a 20-pound tank holds 4.7 gallons of fuel. You can approximate the fuel remaining by dividing the number of BTUs per gallon by the BTUs per hour (BTUH) the grill is rated for and then multiplying the number of hours by how many gallons are in the tank. For a 4.7-gallon tank with a 32,000-BTUH output, cooking time is approximately 13.5 hours.3 It also helps to track cooking times. Actual fuel use can vary, depending on factors such as heat settings.
  • 4. With a Gauge

    A gauge provides a precise measurement rather than an estimate like using water, the weight of the tank or cooking time. Brinkmann’s Hardware stocks various types of gauges you can use. The most economical gauges display temperature changes or detect liquid or gas ultrasonically. More effective solutions include inline pressure gauges, which install between the gas line and the tank’s cut-off valve. Analog propane scales show the remaining gas level when you lift the unit using the device. You can also use a digital propane tank scale, which offers the most precision. It constantly weighs the tank. Meanwhile, a digital readout displays the percentage of fuel remaining and how much cooking time is left.

Find Your Gauge at Brinkmann’s Hardware

Brinkmann’s is the store to go to for all your barbeque needs this summer. You’ll find the right equipment at our Sayville, Blue Point, Holbrook, and Miller Place stores on Long Island. For information, visit or contact one of our local stores today.