Do I Have To Recertify My Propane BBQ Cylinder?

Forget Any Grill Tank Worries With Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange!

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to put your propane BBQ grill to good use… if you haven’t already started doing so!

The first thing to do is to make sure you have enough propane in your cylinder. You also need to make sure it is certified if you intend to have it refilled.

Did you know? Propane cylinders are only certified for their first 12 years after manufacture. After that, they need to be recertified by a certified propane dealer who will make sure they meet today’s standards and are safe to fill and continue to be used.

Here’s how to check if your propane cylinder needs to be recertified:

Look at the collar of your propane cylinder. There will be stamped markings on it. Some are for your tank’s origination and capacity rating. Near the valve, there will be a date stamped there. That is the month it was manufactured. For example, if it reads “7-13,” it means your cylinder was manufactured in July of 2013.

Want to avoid the hassle of recertification altogether? You can! It’s easy by using Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange from Blue Flame!

All you need to do is go to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange. They’re located at convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, home and garden stores, and other retail sites all over our service area of southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. We’ve even added locations in Northern Maryland! Contact us today and we’ll point you to the location nearest you.

Let the clerk know that you want to exchange your cylinder (or buy a new one) and they’ll take care of it. You get a full, clean, safe, and certified propane cylinder with no worries about having to recertify it.

Propane Cylinder Safety

With high safety standards from both government and the propane industry, propane has a strong safety record. However, you do need to know how to safely transport, store, and use propane cylinders.
Here are some safety tips:

  • Don’t leave your propane cylinder (empty or full) in your car for long periods, especially in hot weather.
  • If possible, come straight to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange and go straight home. If that isn’t possible, plan your outing so this is the last stop you make before going home.
  • Always keep your cylinder upright when you are transporting it, whether it’s empty or full. Propane can leak when the cylinder is on its side.
  • Store your propane cylinder outdoors, out of direct sunlight and avoid areas such as a garage, shed, carport, or covered porch as well.
  • Keep your propane cylinder off bare ground, as wet ground can cause the cylinder to rust.
  • Never smoke while handling or near a propane cylinder.

Come to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange today and get a propane cylinder that is full, certified, and safe. Blue Flame is here to make your Memorial Day—or any grilling day—one you can enjoy!