Summer’s here and it’s time to fire up the grill for those backyard barbecues. If you’re in the market for a new grill, you might be considering a propane grill rather than a gas one. There are a few things to keep in mind when you buy a propane grill, and a few reasons why using a propane grill is a little different than using a gas grill.
Propane Tank Setup and Storage
When you set up your new propane grill, first you need to set up your propane tank. Make sure your propane tank is located in a well-ventilated and shaded area away from flammable objects. If you do decide to store your propane tank in a garage or shed, it must be detached from your house in order to avoid ventilation issues.
You should always store your propane tank upright so it will be less likely to tip. Keep the safety valve closed (or set to “off” if there is a switch) and check your tank periodically for leaks. You can either get a special testing solution or use soapy water and put it on the connection between the propane’s safety valve and the regulator outlet. Open the valve slowly and see if there are any bubbles. If there are, this means there may be a leak. Avoid turning on lights and avoid using any other electricity or sources of sparks or fire. Turn off the gas supply to your home, open the windows to help ventilate, and then call your propane supplier.
If it’s a portable tank and you’re not using it to heat your home, not all of these steps are necessary, but you can still test the tank with soapy water and you should still eliminate any possible fire or spark sources.
Connecting The Propane Tank to Your Grill
Make sure the safety valve on your propane tank is closed and open the grill cover. Connect the propane tank’s hose to the grill’s gas line. Don’t use tools to tighten the coupler connecting the two lines, because you’ll need to be able to loosen it easily whenever you change tanks.
Once the tank is connected and you’ve opened the valve on the propane tank, you can turn on the grill and light it. You can light the grill manually, but it’s best to use the igniter.
Benefits of Propane
When you use a propane grill instead of a natural gas grill, it’s a cleaner source of fuel and better for the environment. It’s also a portable source of fuel and can be installed easily. If you want to learn more about getting started with propane grills, contact Collett Propane for a free estimate and consultation.