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Propane Grill Cylinders: How to Safely Remove Them

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Summer is prime season for outdoor cookouts in WV – we hope you’re doing a lot of them on your propane gas grill! If you are, you will eventually have to exchange or refill your propane cylinder – just make sure you do it safely.

Propane Gas 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:

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  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 Roach Energy provides quick and easy propane cylinder refills and exchanges in Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, and other locations in West Virginia? Stop by today to top of your tank for your next summer cookout!