Written on: October 2, 2023
With fall here, it’s likely we’re thinking about autumn treats like apple cider doughnuts and butternut squash soup.
However, just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you need to stop grilling! Now is the great time to get a full propane grill tank at your local Boehlke Bottled Gas Grill Tank Exchange. You’ll have plenty of propane for grilling brats when you have friends over to watch the Badgers or Packers play.
Even if you’re putting away your grill for the winter, getting a full tank now is a great idea because you’ll be ready for whenever you want to fire up your grill next spring.
We have compiled a set of essential guidelines for properly storing your propane grill tank during the winter season.
Turn the tank off. If you intend to leave your grill outdoors during the winter, it is safe to keep the grill tank connected. However, do not forget to turn off the supply valve.
Check for leaks. Before storing your tank, it’s crucial to conduct a meticulous inspection to confirm that there are no leaks. Pay close attention to the valves, tank, and connector hose. This inspection should be carried out outdoors, in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. Additionally, ensure that you maintain a safe distance from any open flames or potential ignition sources.
Keep the tank outdoors. When storing your grill indoors, like in a garage or shed, for the winter, remember to keep the tank outdoors. It is unsafe to store grill tanks inside or in enclosed areas such as sunporches or carports.
Protect the tank from the elements. To prevent the accumulation of snow and ice on your propane tank, it is recommended to use a plastic tarp as a protective cover. While cold temperatures do not pose a threat to the tank itself or the propane inside, the build-up of moisture could potentially lead to the formation of rust, which can damage the tank. By implementing this simple precautionary measure, you can effectively safeguard your propane tank from potential damage. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the tank is kept upright and placed on a level surface to prevent any leaks. Avoid placing the tank directly on the ground, as this can also contribute to rust formation on the bottom of the tank. Instead, opt for placing it on a paved or gravel surface, on a deck or patio, or on a raised wood pallet.
When using your propane grill during the winter season, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of the proper and safe methods to do so.
To ensure optimal placement for your grill, it is advisable to position it in close proximity to your house. This offers convenient access and facilitates the seamless transportation of food between the grill and your kitchen. By keeping the grill nearby, you mitigate the risk of accidents caused by slipping on a snow-covered or icy surface.
To prevent fires or damage to the siding, make sure to place the grill at a safe distance from your home. It is crucial to never use the grill indoors or in covered areas like garages or carports, as this greatly raises the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
When grilling, it’s important to be cautious and prevent any contact between the flame and your coat or other outerwear such as gloves scarves.
With locations all over Southeastern Wisconsin, the Boehlke Bottled Gas tank exchange is a great way to always have propane! Find the location nearest you.