Winter Propane Tank Storage and Safety Tips

Propane can be an important part of winter activities, whether it is used for heating or for holiday cooking. However, it is important to know how to safely care for your propane tank in cold weather.

Where to Store Propane Tanks in the Cold

You should never store a tank inside your home, including in your basement or garage. Propane tanks should always be stored in a shady, well ventilated outdoor area regardless of the season. Though the temperatures outside may drop, you don’t need to worry about your propane tank freezing. This is because propane does not freeze until it reaches an extremely low temperature. You should still take certain steps before storing your tank for the season to ensure it maintains its integrity during the winter months.

How to Prepare Your Propane Tank for Storage

If you’re not planning to use your tank for awhile, you’ll want to take these steps before you put it away for the winter:

  1. Disconnect your tank from your grill and ensure your tank is fully turned off.
  2. Always check your propane tank, valves and hose for signs of tears or leaks. You can detect leaks by using an ammonia-free soap and water mixture on the tanks, hose and valves to look for bubbling, which indicates there may be a leak. You should not keep a tank that is leaking.
  3. Consider using a milk crate or tankfoot to keep your propane tank upright while storing or transporting.
  4. Keep your tank away from snow and ice, if possible. This will keep it in working condition for longer. You may want to keep it under an awning or plastic tarp.
  5. If your tank is below 25% full, you should consider getting it refilled. Tanks that are closer to empty are more likely to lose pressure.

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Winter Propane Grilling Tips

Chilly weather doesn’t have to mean the end of grilling season, especially if the winters are mild near you. Keep these tips in mind if you’re not packing away your propane tank for the season:

  1. Always check your tank for leaks before grilling. You should never use a tank or hose with a leak.
  2. Ensure you have enough propane. If you’re running low, find a refill station nearby.
  3. You’ll need to stay warm if the weather is chilly, but avoid wearing flammable materials, loose clothing, and scarves.
  4. It may take longer than normal to heat up the grill in cold temperatures. Keeping the lid shut as much as possible and clearing away snow and ice nearby will help keep the cooking temperature stable
  5. Frying a turkey for the holidays? Check out our guide to frying a turkey safely!
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