Presto Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
If you get the Presto 3 part weight, you don’t need to get your gauge checked yearly — or ever, really. The weight becomes all that you need to rely on.
That being said, even those who have the 3-part weight often like to be able to refer to the gauge as a backup mechanism. So here’s information on how to get your Presto gauge checked — and the best part is, if you can’t find anyone near you to do it, Presto will do it for you, for free.
The Presto Company will test dial gauges FREE! Remove the gauge from the canner lid, wrap in newspaper, and package in a small sturdy box. Send the package to: PRESTO – Service Department, 3925 North Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54703-3703. The customer pays the postage to Presto. In most cases, the gauge will be returned in a short amount of time. Check with your local County Extension Office to see if there is a local source for testing.”1
Presto will test gauges at no charge. For more information, phone Presto Customer Service: 1-800-877-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their address is: Test Pressure Canner Gauges, National Presto Industries, 3925 North Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54703-2209.”2
Presto Pressure Canner Gauge Testing Tool
You can order your own Presto gauge testing tool for only 90 bucks US. You could justify it by the pay off over the years, or by sharing it with friends and neighbours. Here is the order form for the Presto Dial Gauge Testing tool. We have seen one person opine that the testing units are only meant for extension people, but there is nothing on the order form that says Presto won’t accept money from anyone else, and the testers look easy to operate. It could be just a question of the storage space over the years for the tool.
The following demonstration video was made by Dr Sandra Bastin, for the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Kentucky.