How to Safely Remove a Propane Cylinder from Your Propane Grill

Posted: June 25, 2018

Well, July 4th is coming up, which means many of you will be doing lots of grilling in the coming weeks. At some point, you will have to exchange your propane tank or refill it – just make sure you do it safely!

Here’s a step-by-step guide to safely removing and replacing the propane gas cylinder on your propane grill:

Propane tank pressure regulator

  1. Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
  2. Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on your grill model).
  3. 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).
  4. Before you disconnect the pressure regulator, close the tank valve (turn it all the way to the right, or clockwise).
  5. Once the valve is shut, twist off the threaded pressure regulator.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Parker Gas provides quick and easy, no-wait portable propane tank fill-ups at all of our locations in the Smithfield, Newton Grove, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Mt. Olive and Clinton areas of North Carolina? Stop by to refill any of your propane tanks today.

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