Need to replace your propane tank? Well, you’re in luck because today, we’re going to show you how to safely remove that empty propane tank from your grill. Don’t worry, we promise to make it quick and easy, just like flipping a burger!
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What You Need to Know About Removing a Propane Tank From a Grill
Gas grills are extremely convenient when it comes to preparing dinner in a hurry! But it can be really annoying when you check on your propane tank only to find that it is empty. The good news is, it isn’t hard to hook up a new propane tank, as long as you remove the old one first!
Remove the propane tank from your grill by checking that the gas is off, close the valve entirely, then twist off the gas line which connects your tank to the grill. If your propane tank is also connected to your grill by a screw or bolt, you’ll need to remove this as well, and just like that, your tank is loose!
Need more in-depth instructions? Let’s look at the full process of removing a propane tank from a grill!
When Should You Replace a Propane Tank?
Propane tanks should be removed and replaced when they are empty. You will generally notice that yours is empty when you go to use your gas grill and it won’t light no matter how many times you try.
Additionally, an empty propane tank is much lighter than a full one. Experiencing grillers can often tell when a propane tank is empty just by lifting it.
Besides being empty, it’s important to replace a propane tank every 10 to 12 years, otherwise, it could be dangerous to continue using that propane tank.
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How to Remove a Propane Tank From a Grill (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Turn Off the Grill
Double-check that your grill is turned off.
Step 2: Locate the Propane Tank
Locate your propane tank. Some are behind a door while others are off to the side. Check if yours is attached to the grill at any point with a nut or screw. If this is the case, grab a screwdriver or wrench before continuing.
Step 3: Close the Tank Valve
Locate the wheel and turn it to close the tank valve.
Step 4: Twist Off the Gas Line
Locate the tube which connects the propane tank to the grill. Unscrew it until it is free of the propane tank.
Step 5: Undo Any Bolts
If your propane tank has a bolt or screw keeping it in place, use the wrench to remove it.
Step 6: Move the Tank
Move the tank away from the grill. If you have the blue nozzle cap for the propane tank, put it on now.
And just like that, your propane tank is no longer connected to your grill!
Is It Better to Refill or Replace a Propane Tank?
As long as your propane tank is under 10 years old, it is always better to refill it than replace it. This is better for your wallet and the environment!
If you are unsure of the age of your propane tank, ask the technician the next time you go to have it refilled. You can also look around the tank (carefully and only when empty) for the expiration date of the tank.
What to Do With an Empty Propane Tank
Now that your propane tank is empty, what do you do with it? Well, in most cases, they should be returned to the store to be refilled. In most states, you will get money back (or a discount on a new propane tank) when you return the old one.
There will come a time, however, when your propane tank is no longer serviceable, which means it can’t be refilled. In these cases, you will need to look at the regulations in your state and city for recycling your propane tank safely.
In most cases, the place where you get your propane tank can direct you to where the tank can be recycled when it is no longer serviceable. Propane tanks should only be disposed of with a company which is trained to handle hazardous waste. Never just throw an old propane tank in your garbage as it may not be completely empty.
How Much Can You Grill With One Propane Tank?
One propane tank is generally enough for about 18 to 20 hours of grilling, depending on how high you have the grill set to and ensuring you always turn off the gas when you are done grilling.
Propane Tank Safety Tips
- Always secure a propane tank in your vehicle when transporting it, even if it is empty.
- Keep your propane tank in a well-ventilated area that isn’t ever exposed to a flame, even when empty.
- Always store propane tanks upright.
- Never leave an empty (or full) propane tank unaccompanied in a vehicle.
- Keep propane tanks out of the direct sun and in a cool location if possible (but not your garage!)
- Never store propane tanks within 10 feet of a building or open flame.
- Always turn off the gas supply to a propane tank when it is left unattended.
What Causes a Propane Tank to Explode?
The main concern of propane tanks is that they may explode. While this is rarely the case, it can happen.
Propane tanks explode when the liquid propane in the tank gets too hot. This can happen on a hot summer day if the propane tank is left in direct sunlight. While propane tanks do have a pressure relief valve to prevent this, on extremely hot days, pressure relief valves can’t handle the extreme pressure in the tank, causing an explosion.
In most cases, you shouldn’t have to worry about your tank exploding as long as you can store it in a cool, dry place away from sparks. This means you cannot keep it in your garage. A shed or covered patio is your best bet, even when a propane tank is empty.
Is It Okay to Leave a Propane Tank Outside in Winter?
Yes, the main dangers of a propane tank come into play when the tank gets too hot. In the winter, it should be okay to keep your propane tank outside, just ensure it’s kept in a well-ventilated area.