Hot showers forever!



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 说:

    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!

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