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Is the regulator a gauge or a weight? If it's a gauge, that needs to be checked annually for accuracy. You may have to send it to Presto for that. If it's a weight, it just sits on the vent but you will need to know how to get the correct pressure using your canner's weight(s). Some canners use weights with multiple pieces, and some use a solid disc with markings showing which opening in the disc should cover the vent.

You will need your canner's model # (check bottom) but many instruction manuals are available online. It's important to have the proper instructions, especially if you haven't used that particular canner before.

Also be sure to buy a copy of the latest version of the Ball Blue Book so you get the latest info regarding safe canning methods. Don't use old, unsafe methods!

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First post..... Such a vague ....but important question....

Get an instruction booklet for the canner...
Get a Complete Ball Blue Book of canning..
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You can get the gauge and seals checked by the local extension agent from the state university. That person can also give you advice and here they will run a hands on class for you if you find enough fellow students.

Every county in the US has to least 1 extension agent. They also help with 4H and other youth and community programs.
 

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State extension offices all have websites, too. Valuable and accurate information. I highly recommend Minnesota's and Utah's extension sites in particular.
 

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My vintage 16 qt presto canner has a regulator on it. Do I just set it on or screw it down?
It's got a dial pressure gage
Is the regulator a gauge or a weight? If it's a gauge, that needs to be checked annually for accuracy. You may have to send it to Presto for that. If it's a weight, it just sits on the vent but you will need to know how to get the correct pressure using your canner's weight(s). Some canners use weights with multiple pieces, and some use a solid disc with markings showing which opening in the disc should cover the vent.

You will need your canner's model # (check bottom) but many instruction manuals are available online. It's important to have the proper instructions, especially if you haven't used that particular canner before.

Also be sure to buy a copy of the latest version of the Ball Blue Book so you get the latest info regarding safe canning methods. Don't use old, unsafe methods!

Good luck! Canning is a very satisfying endeavor. 馃檪
It has a dial pressure gage and the weight has open on it so do I screw it down. Down I can hold pressure on but I don't want it to explode. I've always closed it and have canned many times but, am I right?
 

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I would check Preston's website for instructions or contact them. Misuse can be dangerous, so it's important to get accurate information from a definitive source.
 
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