How To Safely Remove A Propane Cylinder From A Grill
Grilling season is in full swing here in the Bay Area – which means that at some point, you will have to exchange your empty propane BBQ cylinder for a full one.
Just make sure you do it safely!
Propane Cylinder Exchange Step-by-Step
Here’s a step-by-step guide to safely removing and replacing the propane gas cylinder on your propane grill:
- Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
- Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on your grill model).
- There are two basic parts of your grill that you will need to be concerned with: the propane cylinder’s tank valve and the pressure regulator from the barbecue (see illustration).
- Before you disconnect the pressure regulator, close the tank valve (turn it all the way to the right, or clockwise).
- Once the valve is shut, twist off the threaded pressure regulator.
- Remove the tank (on some propane grills, the tank is attached to the barbecue by a restraining bolt or screw; simply loosen this to remove the tank).
- When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle.
- Reverse the process to reconnect your propane tank, making sure the tank valve is closed when reconnecting the pressure regulator. Replacement propane cylinders often come with a plastic safety cap over the tank valve assembly – simply remove this.
Be sure to check your tank for leaks after reconnecting your tank – here’s a video from the National Fire Protection Association with some tips for how to do that.
That’s it – happy grilling!
Did you know that Allied Propane provides quick and easy propane tank exchanges at our Richmond, CA location? Stop by to swap out your empty propane tank today!