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How Do I Unhook a Propane Tank from My Grill?

Now that Labor Day is behind us, so, for some of us, is grilling season (for the rest of us, bring on the fall!).

If you’ve been hard at work behind your propane gas grill this summer, chances are your tank will need a refill or replacement soon – and if you plan to keep on grilling into football season, better to be ready than to run out during the big game.

Just be sure to swap out your propane barbecue cylinder safely! Here’s how:

Pressure regulator

  1. Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
  2. Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on the design of your grill)
  3. There are two parts of your grill that you will need to be concerned with: the propane cylinder’s tank valve and the barbecue’s pressure regulator (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.

That’s it – happy grilling!

Still fumbling with a charcoal grill? Why not treat yourself to a precision, clean burning propane grill from Williamson Gas?

Imagine having a barbecue that goes zero to 350 degrees in five minutes, in any weather, with no noxious fumes or hot spots along the way. You’ll get all that and more, thanks to the power of a propane.

Contact the outdoor living pros at Williamson today learn more about the propane grills we offer. If you need a propane cylinder refill, we can help you there, too – contact us to learn more about our propane tank refill and propane tank exchange services!