Your BBQ Needs This Smart Propane Tank Gauge

It's hot and you've got a deck full of angry, boozed up buddies over for a BBQ. Then, BOOM, you realize the propane tank for your gas grill is totally empty. Disaster. But guess what? It doesn't have to happen again, thanks to Refuel, a new smart propane tank gauge from Quirky.

Using a combination of a WiFi-enabled scale set beneath your tank and a smartphone app, the system is able to provide real-time measurements of the fuel level inside, calculate your average grills per tank, and even shoot an alert when it's running low, so you can hit the gas station for a refill well before you try to boot things up.

It's even helpful when you're untethered from your phone (gasp!), as the mounted sensor attached to the scale will give you an LED reading of the gas level when you press it. Hank Hill would approve.

Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and a charcoal man through and through.