The Knob Where You Need It is a clever device indeed.
Did you ever feel as though part of the job description to be a “backyard grill master” requires you be double-jointed? It sure seems that way when you have to reach around, behind, and over the grill’s framework to reach the on/off valve for the 20-pound propane tank. And then you still have to perform the contortions to turn it.
When we found the Knob Where You Need It device, it was a “why didn’t we think of that?” moment. Knob Where You Need It puts the on/off control for the tank … well … right where it’s easy to reach and a lot more comfortable. That’s the panel on the front of your grill where all the other controls are located.
Installing the Knob Where You Need It does require drilling an extra hole in that panel, but that’s the most difficult part of the whole process. From there you just follow the rest of the instructions for mounting hardware, threading the turn shaft, and attaching to the existing on/off knob on your propane tank. The entire set up takes less than half an hour.
Now maybe, you’re thinking, “Why do I need that? Once I turn my grill on for the summer, I just leave the valve on the tank open all the time.” Many would-be grill masters do just that, but there is the possibility that rubber hoses and connections can spring a leak at any time. If you don’t turn off the gas at the tank after each use, there is always the possibility you’re going to step up to the grill to reveal your skills and … have no gas left in the tank!
Turning off the tank when you’re not using the grill is a safety issue as well. If propane did leak it pools in the lowest area and should there be a spark there … BOOM!
What we like most about the Knob Where You Need It kit is its convenience and simplicity. The on/off for your gas is right there, up front, easy, where it should be. And even though we are not mechanical wizards, installation was really simple, too.