In the event that you’ve been working diligently behind your propane gas barbecue this late spring, odds are your tank will require a top off or substitution soon – and on the off chance that you intend to continue to barbecue into football season, preferable to be prepared over to run out during the major event.
A step-by-step guide to removing a propane tank from a grill
Stage 1: TURN OFF THE GAS
Make sure all grill handles are in the off position. Recognize the area of the propane chamber, mostly under the grille and sometimes behind the metal inlet, turn the propane chamber valve full clockwise to stop the gas flow.
Stage 2: REMOVE / UNHOOK PROPANE TANK
Turn the string strainer clockwise to remove it from the tank. On some grill models, this alone loosens the tank, essentially lifting it off the grill. Other grill plans can be removed by simply lifting the pivot arm attached to the propane tank out of the tank. Some require the difficult or even bow wrench loosening of limit latches or bolts.
How to Turn Off / Unhook a Gas Grill Propane Tank
A step-by-step guide to turning off the propane tank on your gas grill
The most common use for propane tanks is controlling gas grills. These are regular 20 pounder tanks. The propane supply to the grill should be turned off after each use. This may seem scandalous to some grill owners, but unless the handle was accidentally bumped or turned on, or conversely, a rodent was bitten through the gas hose. No surprise event – the most ideal situation would be wasting a ton of propane and the most pessimistic scenario would be a fire or explosion.
Stage 1: Check Tank
Start by looking closely at the propane tank for an extended period of time. Keeping up with the tank is an important part of grill maintenance. Use a cloth to remove any dirt or debris from the highest point of the tank around the gas valve and from the gas valve itself.
Stage 2: Check the Grill
Turn all grill handles to the off position.
Stage 3: Find the valve
The propane valve is at the top of the tank and looks like a male hose end. This is followed by a handle, usually shaped like a bold triangle or an adapted star.
Stage 4: Turn off
The valve handle should have a threaded dial to indicate the bearings for opening and closing. Turn it to the off position (clockwise quite often). Twist the handle as far as you can to make sure it is fully disengaged and closed.
How to Turn Off a Home Propane Tank
The most effective way to turn off a propane tank at home
Some homes use huge propane tanks for indoor heating and cooking. In some cases, you may actually want to turn off the propane gas on individual devices, but on the base tank it’s a different time. These are huge tanks that stand near your home or outside your garden.
Since the tank holds many gallons, it is important to know how to turn off the gas if necessary. Chambers for supplying propane gas to domestic cookware do not have to be switched off after each use, but should be switched off if the appliance is not used for a long period of time or if the chamber is to be replaced.
Stage 1: Check Isolation Valve Position
The highest point of the tank has a huge rounded top that can be opened using a pivot. Opening the tank cap reveals a shut-off valve, usually with a round handle.
Stage 2: Stop Propane Flow
Turn the handle sideways or fully clockwise to close the valve and stop the propane leak. Assuming you have multiple tanks, you usually turn them off.
Fuel tank maintenance and warnings
Spills from propane tanks can be very dangerous, so keep your propane tanks up and running by inspecting them regularly. Propane tanks used for home grilling have an expiration date, after which the propane dealer will not refill the tank or replace it with another tank. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to check and ensure that the tank always looks good between fillings.
Turning a small propane tank on and off is protected, but for a large tank in the yard running big appliances, it shouldn’t let the gas back into itself. Contact your propane supplier for these types of tanks.