How To Replace Your Propane Grill Tank

Be sure to barbecue safely this summer with our Lil’ Hank’s cylinders.

grill tank Bucks County, PA The weather is just about perfect these days for some outdoor dining. From Bucks County, PA, to Atlantic County, NJ, Blue Flame customers are firing up their propane grills to toss on some burgers, salmon steaks, Italian sausages and many other sizzling delicacies.

If you’re in our service area, please keep an eye out for our Lil’ Hank’s grill tank exchanges. These carefully inspected cylinders are filled with our premium propane gas. Here are some tips to handle your install your propane cylinder safely and securely.

How to Determine the Propane Level in Your Grill Tank

Many propane grills come equipped with a gauge that provides an estimate of your remaining fuel based on the weight of the cylinder. However, if yours doesn’t, there are three simple methods to assess the fill level:

  1. The Hot Water Technique: Propane quickly absorbs heat. Pouring hot water over the cylinder and feeling for the cool metal transition point can help identify the current fill line.
  2. Use a Household Scale: Locate the TW (tare weight) marking on the collar of your propane cylinder, indicating its empty weight. In the same part of the cylinder, you should also see the WC (water capacity) marking, representing the weight of liquid propane the cylinder can hold. Then, weigh the cylinder on a household scale, subtract the TW and divide the result by the WC to determine the percentage fill of your grill tank.
  3. Utilizing an External Grill Tank Gauge: Available at various home improvement stores, hardware stores and online retailers, these affordable devices connect between your tank’s valve and the grill’s pressure regulator, providing a convenient reading of the tank’s fill level.

Replacing Your Grill’s Propane Cylinder

Typically, a grill’s propane cylinder is housed beneath the cooking area. Before replacing your current cylinder, ensure the grill is turned off and the cylinder valve is closed. Then, unscrew the pressure regulator from the valve by twisting it. If your grill has a restraining bolt, remove it before extracting the cylinder from the storage compartment.

Installing a new propane cylinder involves reversing these steps. Position the full cylinder into the compartment, secure the restraining bolt, if necessary, and attach the pressure regulator.

Essential Safety Precautions for Your Grill Tanks

Here are some crucial safety precautions to observe regarding your grill tanks:

  • Always store and transport cylinders upright, away from flames, sparks and excessive heat.
  • Never store cylinders indoors or in a garage; opt only for open-air storage.
  • Refill cylinders just before heading home and transport them upright in your vehicle, securely fastened and with windows open.
  • Prior to using a new propane cylinder with your grill, conduct a simple leak test. Using a spray bottle, apply a 50/50 mixture of dish soap and water to the cylinder valve, regulator and hose. Open the tank valve. If bubbles appear, tighten all connections. If bubbles persist, there may be a leak. Close the cylinder immediately and contact your propane supplier.
  • Routinely inspect cylinders for dents, rust or other signs of damage.

For any inquiries or assistance regarding propane grills or grill tanks — or to find out where your nearest Lil’ Hank’s exchange is — don’t hesitate to reach out to the Blue Flame team.