How to Check Your Propane Grill Tank Level

We can help you do it with or without a scale.

grill tank West Palm Beach, FL You know that nervous feeling that comes when you have friends or family coming over for a barbecue, and you’re suddenly worried that you forgot something? You might have perfectly seasoned burgers, marinated shrimp on skewers and sauce to slather your rack of ribs. But what about the fuel in your propane cylinder? Is your grill tank almost empty?

Many propane grills have scales that will tell you the percentage fill of your propane cylinder. If yours doesn’t have a scale, there are other ways to determine how much propane is in your tank.

Here are three tricks that Southeast Propane customers can use to figure out how much grill fuel they have left.

1. Weight Your Tank on a Home Scale

Take a look at the neck of your cylinder. You’ll find two numbers listed there:

Weigh your cylinder on a household scale and deduct the TW. After that, divide the resulting number by the WC. That’s the current percentage fill of your grill’s tank.

2. Use the Hot Water Method

Fill a bucket with hot water, then pour it over the side of your cylinder. Since propane absorbs heat quickly, the cylinder metal will be cool where there’s fuel. Finding the spot where the tank goes from warm to cold, you’ll have a sense of the current fill line.

3. Buy an External Tank Gauge.

You can find these devices on Amazon and at most hardware stores. They attach between the grill’s regulator and the cylinder valve. Depending on the product, you can get an analog or digital readout, information about remaining cooking time and connectivity with your smartphone!

How to Change Your Propane Cylinder

If you need to attach a fresh propane cylinder to your gas grill, the process is quite simple. Before you start, it’s essential that you confirm your grill is fully turned off and the current cylinder’s valve is closed.

Detach the old cylinder.

  1. Remove the grill’s pressure regulator by turning it to the left.
  2. If your grill has a restraining bolt for the cylinder, loosen it.
  3. Remove the cylinder from the storage compartment.

Attach the new cylinder.

  1. Put the full cylinder into your grill’s storage compartment.
  2. If applicable, tighten the restraining bolt.
  3. Attach and tighten the pressure regulator to the cylinder valve.

Before you light your grill and start cooking, it’s a good idea to do a basic leak test after attaching a new cylinder.

  1. Spray the cylinder’s valve and the grill’s regulator and hose with soapy water.
  2. Open the valve. If you see bubbles, there might be a leak or loose connection.
  3. Close the valve, tighten all connections and open the valve again. If you still see bubbles, you might need to replace the hose or tank.

Have questions about your home propane products in West Palm Beach or elsewhere in South Florida’s Tri-County Area? Contact Southeast Propane today.

Fueling education — inside and outside the school building.

It’s hard to think of a building that is more vital than a school. Whether you’re talking about an early education center, a public or private school or a university, these institutions are more than just brick and mortar. They are the repositories of our state’s future.

In order for students to learn effectively and develop into productive adults, they need school buildings that are comfortable and safe. In Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida, Southeast Propane provides the propane that keeps our educational institutions running. Here are a few of the uses for commercial propane in schools and universities.

School Cafeterias and Dining Halls

While educators feed the minds of students, it helps if they also have full stomachs. Propane can power a range of commercial kitchen equipment, including the following products:

ENERGY STAR-rated commercial propane kitchen equipment can achieve efficiency improvements from 10% all the way to 60% over standard products. Additionally, most propane cooking products can continue to run in a grid blackout while electric products sit cold.

Commercial Water Heaters

Propane water heaters can have double the hot water recovery rates of electric models. This means a steady stream of hot water for:

You can achieve even better hot water generation with less fuel with a propane tankless water heater system.

Backup Power

The weather in our part of the Sunshine State can be far from sunny. Strong winds and tropical storms have been known to knock out power for whole neighborhoods. That can be a significant issue when children are in school, and transporting them may not be safe.

Luckily, propane standby generators turn on automatically and provide dependable backup power when the grid fails. Because propane has a virtually unlimited shelf life, you can be confident that your standby generator’s fuel will be ready when needed, keeping lights, communications equipment, air conditioning and other crucial equipment running.

School Buses

We’re all committed to lowering the emissions of our bus fleets. It’s vital both to combat climate change and to improve air quality for your children.
Propane autogas buses offer a fantastic decarbonization option that is much more affordable than converting to electric vehicles. Conventional propane’s carbon intensity is 14% lower than gasoline or diesel. It emits virtually no particulate matter. Additionally, propane vehicles can emit up to 60% less carbon monoxide than gasoline vehicles.

Converting to propane autogas buses costs significantly less than setting up the charging infrastructure for EV buses.

Talk to Southeast Propane about your school energy needs.

Do you need propane for your school district, private educational institution or university? Join the many commercial propane customers who trust Southeast Propane to fuel hot water systems, back power, kitchen equipment and transportation vehicles. We can set up a commercial propane tank on your properties and arrange a customized propane delivery schedule.

Contact Southeast Propane today to begin receiving exceptional fuel and equipment services.

Propane Gas Leak Symptoms

How to respond to a leaking propane tank or cylinder.

propane leak miami, fl If you use propane gas to power your water heater, dryer, gas range or any number of other home appliances or amenities, you can be confident that propane has a stellar safety record. The industry is stringently regulated and upholds the highest standards of safety. Even so, it’s crucial to be aware of proper safety procedures when using this fuel in your Miami-area home.

Recognizing Propane’s Odor

Propane does not have a smell in its natural form. So, propane producers add an odorant called ethyl mercaptan or methanethiol, which makes it smell like rotten meat, spoiled eggs or skunk’s spray. This makes it easier to recognize a propane leak. However, we also recommend that you install UL-listed gas detectors near your appliances. Carbon monoxide detectors, while essential safety devices, will not alert you to a gas leak.

Symptoms of Propane Exposure

Propane has incredibly low toxicity. It will not have a negative impact on soil, groundwater, aquatic life, marine life or plant life, even if an underground propane tank happens to leak.

Even so, inhaling propane vapor is an asphyxiation risk. These are the symptoms of low exposure to propane gas, according to the Propane Education & Research Council:

These are the symptoms of significant exposure to propane gas:

Additionally, propane can be extremely cold when escaping a tank or cylinder. Direct contact can cause irritation and even frostbite on your skin. Consequently, you need to be aware of how to respond appropriately if there is a propane leak near you.

How to Respond to a Propane Leak

If you notice the smell of propane or receive an alert from a gas leak detector, please follow these steps:

Southeast Propane is here for your fuel and appliance needs.

Whether you need reliable propane delivery, water heater installation, pool heating, outdoor firepits or standby generators, the Southeast Propane team can help. We’re also available for guidance to ensure you’re using your gas appliances safely. You can come to us for all your home propane needs.

Contact our team today for information on our products and services.

Is Propane a Safe Fuel for Food Trucks?

Mobile food vendors love the efficiency and convenience of propane gas.

food truck power fort lauderdale, fl One of the pleasures of living in South Florida is the food truck scene. In the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area, you can find unbelievably fresh tacos, off-the-wall loaded hot dogs, Asian fusion, traditional Cuban, and so much other amazing cuisine on the street.

And propane is a popular energy source for food trucks.

Benefits of Using Propane for Food Trucks

Food truck vendors love propane for several crucial reasons:

  1. Cooking versatility. Food truck artisans can trust it to generate robust, even heat. You can grill, sear or sauté food over an open propane flame. You can use it to boil, bake, steam, fry and keep finished meals warm.
  2. Eco-friendliness and air quality. Propane serves all these functions while releasing no methane, almost no particulate matter and very little carbon dioxide or other oxide emissions.
  3. Affordability. Propane is almost entirely domestically produced, so its price tends to be more stable than other fuels.
  4. Dependability and mobility. Propane goes where you want it to go in a safe 100-pound portable tank. One of these tanks can keep a food truck sizzling for most or all of a shift, and switching out a tank is easy.

Using Propane on a Food Truck

For the most part, food trucks use 100-pound propane tanks, which allow for a good amount of fuel while conserving space. These tanks attach to food trucks in one of two ways:

Ensuring Propane Safety with a Food Truck

The Department of Transportation requires that portable propane tanks — including those used in food trucks — be inspected and recertified 12 years from the tank’s manufacture date, then every 5 years after that.

We also strongly recommend that you ensure your food truck employees know how to identify the smell of odorized propane, which resembles rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray. They should also know how to locate the gas lines on your truck and how to contact emergency services if there’s a propane leak.

Southeast Propane supplies propane for food trucks.

At Southeast Propane, we provide premium commercial propane for businesses in South Florida’s Tri-County region. If you need fuel for your food truck, we are ready to help you.

Contact the Southeast Propane team today to start receiving propane for your food truck.

How is Propane Used in a Commercial Kitchen?

Restaurants, hotels, resorts and other businesses love propane cooking equipment.

commercial kitchen propane miami, fl When it comes to great restaurants, it’s hard to top our part of the country. Recently, Food & Wine named Miami one of the 10 best cities for fine dining. The Sunshine State currently boasts 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, and tourists from around the world flock to South Florida for our wonderful dining, entertainment and cocktails.

Talk to just about any professional chef, and they will tell you that cooking with gas is the best way to prepare a delicious meal. Southeast Propane proudly delivers propane for commercial kitchens in our region. This includes not only restaurants but also hotels, resorts, event spaces, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, catering companies and cafeterias.

Here are a few ways propane provides superior energy for various commercial kitchen functions.

Commercial Kitchen Appliances.

Why do so many chefs prefer gas cooking over electricity? Propane provides quick, robust heat and maximum temperature control. Gas appliances also offer functions that electric devices don’t, including charring and flambéing.

When your business has a propane tank, you can add these fantastic gas-fired products to your kitchen:

There are also wonderful cost-saving opportunities with propane. Not only is propane an overwhelmingly U.S.-made energy source with a typically low price point, but Energy Star-certified propane equipment offers some of the best energy savings around. And propane kitchen products have long lifecycles of eight years and more.
Having a propane-powered kitchen also frees you from reliance on a natural gas or electricity utility with poorly maintained infrastructure. Even in a blackout, your kitchen keeps sizzling!

Heating Water with Propane

Commercial kitchens need a steady hot water supply to wash dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. Propane offers superior hot water generation compared to other energy sources. A water heater’s hot water recovery rate indicates how many gallons of hot water it can produce in one hour. Propane water heaters typically have about double the recovery rate of electric units.

More Propane Appliances of Hospitality Businesses

If you run a business that serves meals to customers, there are many other propane-fired appliances and amenities that can significantly improve your patrons’ experience. These products include the following:

You can also benefit from efficient propane dryers for your linens and propane standby generators to ensure your lights stay on even when the power grid goes down.

Southeast Propane powers hospitality businesses!

Restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality businesses throughout the Greater Tri-County area turn to Southeast Propane for reliable propane delivery. They see the value of partnering with a fellow local business. Our team understands the needs of South Florida businesses like yours. You can always trust us to provide prompt, responsive, personal service.

Let’s work together to ensure your commercial kitchen runs efficiently and dependably. Become a Southeast Propane customer.

Are Propane Gas Stoves Safe?

Gas ranges offer a professional-quality cooking experience.

gas stoves miami, fl For a long time, there has been a consensus that gas-fired stoves are vastly preferable to electric products. Indeed, one survey found that 96% of professional chefs preferred cooking with gas.

Even so, some of our customers in the greater Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area have asked us if they should consider getting rid of their propane ranges. They aren’t unhappy with their propane appliance’s performance. Many have heard that gas stoves are bad for the air. Some have even heard that their gas stove will be “banned.”

At Southeast Propane, we want to help clear up some of the confusion.

What is the gas stove debate about?

Firstly, the government is not going to force you to remove your existing gas stove. Rumors suggesting a stove ban began in early 2023 when the commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commented about his concerns about stoves and air quality. The CPSC then sought public input on hazards associated with gas stoves. This agency wants to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths associated with faulty consumer products.

Gas stoves became a flash point because of studies about their effect on pollution inside the home. For example, an International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health study from December 2022 stated that “12.7% of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributed to gas stove use.” But these studies aren’t as black-and-white as some people claim.

Are propane stoves harmful to respiratory health?

Unfortunately, most researchers on this topic are confining their description to just “gas stoves,” apparently not realizing that there are some key differences between a stove powered by natural gas and one fueled by propane.

One much-discussed Stanford study involved 53 natural gas stoves. It had some bracing findings about methane leaks. But propane contains no methane, so this is not an issue with propane ranges. A Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that simply boiling water on a natural gas stove produces nearly twice the amount of nitrogen dioxide than the outdoor standard established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Considering that about a third of homes in our country cook with natural gas, that needs to be addressed.

How does particulate matter come into play?

You might have heard that gas stoves produce particulate matter, which the EPA defines as microscopic solids or liquid droplets so small that they can be inhaled and cause health problems.

The reality is that all cooking generates particulate matter. As Iain Walker of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab says, “Anything with a red-hot element is going to generate particles. That includes most stovetops, ovens and even small appliances like toasters.”

So, whether you’re cooking with propane, natural gas, electricity or another energy source, it’s essential that you use your kitchen range hood to vent particulate matter and any other combustion byproducts. If you don’t have a range hood, open a nearby window.

Is cooking with electricity safer?

Electric stoves have safety issues, too. The National Fire Protection Association recently found that electric ranges cause household fires 2.6 times more often than gas ranges, civilian injuries 4.8 times more often and civilian deaths 3.4 times more often.

It’s also worth noting that some research contradicts claims about gas stoves and air quality. An abstract in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.”

If you have any questions about using your propane home appliances in the safest, most efficient way possible, get in touch with Southeast Propane.

How Long Should A Propane Tank Last?

Tank leasing means never worrying about repairs, maintenance or replacement.

propane tank miami, fl The propane tank in your yard can power a range of systems and appliances in your home. Households in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach rely on propane for gas ranges and ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, standby generators, pool heaters and countless outdoor living amenities.

That fantastic adaptability — combined with affordable pricing and exceptional efficiency — makes propane seriously popular. But you need a reliable tank to safely use this home fuel. Most Southeast Propane customers choose to lease their tanks from us. We can help you ensure the longest lifespan for your propane storage — and replace it when that lifespan ends.

How long will a stationary propane tank last?

Typically, aboveground propane tanks that power major home appliances last for 30 years or more. If your home’s propane tank is underground, the lifespan is a bit shorter: generally in the 20-30 year range.

All that is to say, a stationary propane tank is built to serve your home for the long haul.

How can you tell if your propane tank needs to be replaced?

Thirty years is a long time, but there will come a moment when you need to replace your propane tank. It’s best to keep an eye out for warning signs that your tank could fail. This will lower the likelihood of a power interruption or a gas leak on your property.

Here are some indicators that your propane tank is nearing retirement:

If you suspect that your propane tank may be about to fail, reach out to the Southeast Propane team right away. We will look at your tank and recommend a course of action that safeguards your home and your loved ones.

Are you leasing a propane tank from Southeast Propane?

When you own your home’s propane tank, you are financially responsible for servicing, repairing and replacing it as it ages. That can mean significant, unexpected expenses.

We encourage our propane delivery customers to consider a Southeast Propane tank lease. With this affordable service, our team will work with you to choose the right tank to accommodate your gas appliances. Then, we handle the installation and ongoing maintenance.

Are you interested in starting propane service with a partner who values your comfort? Contact Southeast Propane to become a customer.

Four Essential Propane Grilling Tips

Get the most out of your freestanding propane barbecue.

grill tank miami, fl We could spend all day talking about the amazing benefits of living in South Florida, but among the top perks of living here is definitely the weather. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, a chilly day normally means a temperate just under 70 degrees. It’s pretty much always a great time to fire up your propane grill.

Need some tips so you can barbecue like a pro? The grilling experts at Southeast Propane are here to help!

1. Have everything you need before you start grilling.

It’s never safe to leave a lit propane grill unattended. So, ensure you have everything you’ll need within arm’s reach before you light your burners. Here’s a useful checklist:

2. Grill at the right temperature.

One of the best things about having a propane grill is being able to control precisely how hot your cooking surface is. You can adjust the intensity of your burner flames with the turn of a knob. But remember, not all foods are cooked at the same temperature. Burgers, steaks and lamb chops are usually cooked hot and fast. Fish, chicken and vegetables call for more moderate temperatures. A full rack of ribs may need to be slow-cooked on a low setting.

We recommend having a grilling cookbook at your disposal so you’ll always know the correct burner setting.

3. Have a cleaning schedule and stick to it.

Propane creates a contained blue flame with minimal smoke. If your grill is smoking and spitting yellow flames constantly, it’s probably because of accumulated grease.

How often should you clean your grill? It’s important to clean your grates and racks after each grilling session. This doesn’t need to be a drawn-out affair. (We know you can’t wait to tuck into that delicious porterhouse.) Just use your stainless-steel grill brush to scrape off any mess from the cooking surface.

However, we recommend you thoroughly clean your whole grill every six months. Empty the grease trap, scour your grates and racks, scrub your heat deflectors and remove any ashes. You should also make sure your burners are clean to prevent weak or disabled flames.

4. Stay on top of your fuel levels.

Nothing ruins a cookout faster than an empty propane cylinder. Always ensure you have enough propane in your tank to get through a grilling session. Many grills have scales that tell you how much fuel you have, but there are many simple ways to check your cylinder levels.

If you choose to keep an extra propane grill tank on hand, be sure to store it upright in a shaded, open-air location (never in a carport, shed or garage). Also, keep unused cylinders away from your grill or any other products that produce sparks and flames.

Need more help with propane appliances? Reach out to the Southeast Propane team anytime!

Replacing Your Grill’s Propane Tank

Everything you need to know, from switching the cylinder to checking for leaks

grill tanks miami, fl There are many compelling reasons that 61 percent of American grill owners use gas instead of charcoal.

Propane grills light up quicker, and you can adjust the flame intensity with the turn of the knob. Propane burns cleanly, so you get no smoky or chemical tastes on your burgers or salmon fillets. And when you’re finished barbecuing, all you need to do is turn off the grill, close the cylinder valve and run a scouring brush over the grate. It’s incredibly easy!

Another benefit of propane is its portability. Most freestanding gas grills use portable cylinders, which you can easily carry and transport upright and secured in your vehicle. The process is straightforward when it’s time to switch out your propane grill tank.

Replacing your grill tank

Before you proceed with the steps below, confirm that your grill is turned off and your current cylinder’s valve is fully closed.

  1. Most freestanding propane grills have a storage compartment for the cylinder behind a door under the cooking area. You can disconnect the current cylinder by unscrewing the threaded pressure regulator, turning it to the left.
  2. Some propane grills have a restraining bolt to hold the cylinder in place. If yours does, loosen it so you can remove the tank from the compartment.
  3. Connect the new propane cylinder by reversing the process above. Place it in the grill compartment, tighten the restraining bolt (if applicable) and reconnect the pressure regulator by turning it to the right.

Checking for leaks on your grill tank

We recommend you use this simple test to confirm there are no gas leaks from your propane cylinder or grill connections.

  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap and put it in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray this solution onto the grill tank valve and your grill’s hose and regulator.
  3. Open the cylinder valve and inspect all the places where you applied the solution. If you see bubbling, gas is likely escaping.
  4. Close the valve and tighten all your connections.
  5. Reopen the valve. If you still see bubbles, there is likely a leak. The cylinder, hose or regulator will need to be replaced.

Confirming how much fuel is in your grill tank

No one wants their summer cookout interrupted when their propane cylinder runs empty. On the other hand, it’s a waste of money to take a grill tank with fuel in it to a tank exchange. You’ll essentially forfeit any remaining propane in the old cylinder.

Here are three easy ways to determine how much fuel is left in your grill tank:

  1. Weight it with a home scale. Look at the markings on the neck of your cylinder. One says TW (Tare Weight) with a number. This is the cylinder’s weight when empty. There’s another marking that says WC (water capacity), which is how much fuel it can hold. Weigh the cylinder and deduct the TW. Then, divide the resulting number by the WC to get the percentage fill.
  2. The hot water trick. Propane absorbs heat. You can determine your fill line by pouring hot water over the cylinder and feeling for where the metal is cool.
  3. An external tank gauge. These devices are available at hardware stores. They attach to your cylinder’s valve and provide digital or analog readings. They can tell you the percentage fill of your grill tank and even your remaining cook time!

Are you looking for a Tri-County propane delivery company that will show up whenever you need them? Reach out to Southeast Propane to order fuel.

The Many Uses of Commercial Propane

Hotels, worksites, municipalities and other businesses depend on Southeast Propane.

bulk propane delivery miami, fl Propane is one of the most versatile fuels around. This is true not only in the home but also for businesses.

Propane has become extremely popular as a commercial fuel for many reasons. Over 90 percent of the propane Americans use is U.S.-made, which largely insulates its price from volatile global energy markets.

Propane is also cleaner-burning than most other fuels. It has a lower carbon intensity than gasoline and diesel, and it emits virtually no particulate matter. Unlike natural gas, propane is methane-free. It’s also non-toxic, so even in the rare occurrence of a propane leak, soil and water won’t be contaminated.

It’s little wonder Southeast Propane delivers so much commercial propane from Pinecrest to West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida’s tri-county region. Here are a few standard commercial uses for the fuel we deliver.

Propane for hospitality

A recent YouGov poll found that Florida is the most visited state in America. With 61 percent of Americans having come to the Sunshine State, our hotels, resorts and other hospitality businesses need to be ready to serve customers. Many rely on commercial propane to power:

Propane for construction

Construction sites depend on propane for excavation and moving equipment. Propane generators offer around-the-clock electricity for your building project.

Plus, Southeast Propane works closely with builders, architects and contractors to incorporate propane systems and appliances in new residential and commercial properties.

Propane for manufacturing and distribution

If you run a warehouse, distribution center, worksite, industrial space or another business that needs to move large loads, then propane forklifts offer the best performance. Consider these facts:

Southeast Propane can set up forklift cylinder cages at your business and perform on-site cylinder refilling on a schedule that works for you!

Propane for power generation

Americans are facing an increasing number of power grid outages, but many facilities can’t afford to lose power. These include schools, hospitals, emergency response stations, nursing homes and other care centers. Propane-powered backup generators provide 100 percent security against grid failures. With the propane that our commercial fuel team delivers, these generators reliably keep the lights on and the life-preserving systems running.

Southeast Propane is your commercial fuel partner.

Our commercial propane services are customized to the businesses we serve. Whatever your fueling needs, we will create a tailored solution, so you can be confident that you’ll have the propane you need.

Reach out to our team to get started receiving the propane service your business deserves.