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.