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How To Replace Your Propane Grill Tank

Written on: March 4, 2024

Follow these steps for safe and easy grilling!

grill tank minnesota Grilling is one of life’s simple pleasures. There’s something about the sizzle of meat and the aroma of barbeque that brings people together, fosters camaraderie, and embodies the essence of summertime. However, a grill outing can quickly turn sour if your propane grill tank isn’t working as it should. That’s why knowing how to safely and swiftly replace your propane tank is crucial.

Lakes Gas makes having a full propane grill tank easy with our cylinder refill and exchange service, located at retail establishments like gas stations, convenience stores, and grocery stores throughout our Upper Midwest service area.

Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or just starting out, this step-by-step guide is your road map to seamless grill tank management.

Step 1: Safety precautions

Safety is paramount when it comes to handling propane. Here’s what you need to do to ensure a safe tank replacement:

Gather the right gear: Before starting, grab a pair of safety goggles and gloves. These will protect your eyes and skin from inadvertently released gas or any valve slippage during the process.

Check for leaks and tank health: Inspect your current tank for any damage and ensure there are no visible leaks. Propane gas has an unpleasant odor like rotten eggs to enhance safety in case of a leak. If you smell propane, stop and check for leaks using a cloth and soapy water – bubbles will form if there’s a leak. It’s also a good practice to check your tank for any signs of rust or corrosion, which could indicate it’s time for a replacement.

Step 2: Removing the old tank

With safety in mind, proceed to remove the old tank.

Turn off the gas: The first and most vital step is to make sure the gas is turned off at the supply. This is usually done with a valve on the tank itself or the gas line coming from the tank.

Detach the tank from the grill: Once the gas is off, you’ll need to disconnect the tank from the grill’s regulator. This is typically a simple process of unscrewing the coupling and gently removing the tank. Remember, lefty-loosey, righty-tighty!

Step 3: Selecting a new tank

When choosing a new propane tank, consider the following.

Size matters: The size you pick will depend on how often you grill. A 20-pound tank is a standard size and is easily transported and exchanged. Larger tanks are also available if you do a lot of grilling.

Type Is key: Grills can work with either aluminum or steel tanks. Steel tanks are heavier and more susceptible to corrosion but are generally more cost-effective. Aluminum tanks are lighter and more resistant to rust but may require a different type of regulator.

Step 4: Installing the new tank

Attaching the regulator: For safety and proper gas flow, you must attach the regulator to the tank. Often, you’ll need to align the notches on the regulator with the tabs on the tank, then give it a clockwise turn to secure it.

Tighten the connection: A snug fit is necessary but be careful not to overtighten. You can use your gloves to protect your hands and gain a better grip while tightening the connection.

Step 5: Testing for leaks

Ensuring the new tank is leak-free should be second nature.

Soap and water solution: Mix a small amount of dish soap with water to create a soapy solution. Apply it around the valve connections without turning the gas on.

Look for bubbles: If there is a leak, you’ll see bubbles forming at the point of the leak. If that happens, recheck your connections, ensure the regulator is properly aligned, and attached – and repeat the soapy water test until you have a nice, bubble-free grill.

Always have a full grill tank on hand with the Lakes Gas cylinder refill and exchange service! Find the location nearest you.