A standard propane grill tank is called a 20 lb. (pound) cylinder, or tank. Most mid-sized grills use 20 lb propane tanks. If you are unsure or have a non-standard sized tank, check your grill manufacturer's instructions for more detail.
Our tanks are filled to 80% capacity. The 80% fill rule is a preventative safety measure against the fluctuations that happen inside a tank. Propane, like water, will expand with added heat. Propane, however, will increase in volume nearly 17 times greater than water with the same temperature increase. To allow for this expansion, propane containers are filled to only 80% of their capacity.
For more information on how much propane there is in different sized tanks, visit our Tank Sizes page.
If you smell gas or are experiencing signs of a gas leak immediately exit the premises and contact 800-805-0659 or 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. All gas leaks potentially pose a serious threat.
If the suspected leak is coming from a portable propane tank or grill tank, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). If you are unable to turn off the valve, immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder. It's best to move away from the source of the leak, and to ensure pets and people are not at close range.
Note: It is dangerous to touch propane as it will burn.
Typically, this clanking sound is when the OPD valve hits the sides of the tank internally. This is not a cause for concern, but make sure you're following proper precautions when transporting your propane grill tank to ensure safe travel.
There are several reasons why there may not be any gas coming from your tank. The following are common issues to troubleshoot.
Check the Valve: The valve may be turned on all the way. The OPD device on your tank sometimes restricts gas flow in the case of a fully turned valve. Try doing one full turn, and then smaller turns as needed instead of tightening the tank all the way in an open position.
Check the connector: The tank connector must be over an inch long to ensure a proper connection.
Where possible, check the Regulator: If you have a faulty regulator, your gas flow will be disrupted and you will need a new hose with a regulator.
If the issue is that your tank is empty, or if you cannot determine the problem-find an exchange location and give a new tank a try!
It's important that you never dispose of your propane cylinder by throwing it in the trash. Exchanging a tank is an appropriate way of recycling your old propane grill tank. Simply find a location near you to exchange your old tank, or contact us to to help you safely dispose of your propane tanks.
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