Grilling Safety Tips
How do I know if my propane grill tank is empty?
The only reliable way to tell if your propane grill tank is full or empty is to weigh it. An empty 20lb propane grill tank will weigh around 18-20 lbs. A full propane grill tank will weigh somewhere between 38-40 lbs. The biggest problem with weighing a propane grill tank is that you must disconnect it from the propane grill. Most grillers never check their tank until they run out. The best way to ensure you never run out of propane is to always have a full spare propane grill tank!
How long does a propane grill tank last?
The lifetime of a propane grill tank can vary. A 20lb cylinder can last indefinitely, as long as it is kept in good condition. The federal government requires that a new cylinder be inspected after 12 years of service, and every 5 years thereafter. The inspection is visual and includes checking for leaks and excessive rust/corrosion. After inspection, a new date is stamped on the propane tank collar to verify that particular tank is cleared for 5 additional years.
Why is my propane grill flame so small?
Occasionally, a propane grill will produce only a small flame or no flame at all when the tank is full and turned on. Many times, this is caused by the operator opening the valve too quickly. All OPD valves are equipped with an excess flow control in case of a hose breakage. To correct this problem, close the valve handle and turn off all burners on the propane grill. After waiting at least 15 seconds, slowly open the valve handle, being careful not to let too much propane gas flow at once. This process should keep the valve from closing due to a sudden excess flow of propane gas.