Posted: November 20, 2023
With winter right around the corner, you’re likely thinking more about turkey and all the trimmings than grilled steaks and chicken.
Although summer has come to an end, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on grilling! Right now is the perfect opportunity to grab a fresh propane grill tank from your nearby Sweetwater Propane tank exchange. With an ample supply of propane, you’ll be ready to grill some delicious brats while hosting friends for an Eagles game.
Even if you’re storing away your grill for the winter, it’s a wise move to fill up the tank now. By doing so, you’ll be fully prepared for whenever you feel the urge to fire up your grill next spring.
We have curated a comprehensive list of essential recommendations for effectively storing your propane grill tank during the winter season.
Turn the tank off. If you plan on keeping your grill outdoors during the winter, it is safe to leave the grill tank connected. However, do remember to turn off the supply valve.
Check for leaks. Prior to storing your tank, it is vital to perform a thorough inspection to verify its integrity and prevent leaks. Give careful attention to the valves, tank, and connector hose. This inspection should be conducted outdoors, in an area that is well-lit and well-ventilated. Moreover, ensure that you maintain a safe distance from any open flames or potential sources of ignition.
Keep the tank outdoors. When you store your grill indoors, such as in a garage or shed, during the winter season, it’s important to remember that the tank should always be kept outdoors. Storing grill tanks inside or in enclosed areas like sunporches or carports is unsafe and should be avoided.
Protect the tank from the elements. To prevent snow and ice from accumulating on your propane tank, it is recommended to use a plastic tarp as a protective cover. While cold temperatures do not harm the tank or the propane inside, moisture buildup can cause rust formation, potentially damaging the tank. By implementing this simple precaution, you can effectively safeguard your propane tank from potential damage. Additionally, ensure the tank is kept upright on a level surface to prevent leaks. Avoid placing the tank directly on the ground, as it can also contribute to rust formation on the bottom. Instead, choose to place it on a paved or gravel surface, a deck or patio, or a raised wood pallet.
In the winter season, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the proper and safe techniques for using your propane grill.
For optimal grill placement, it is recommended to position it near your house. This provides convenient access and promotes smooth transportation of food between the grill and kitchen. By keeping the grill in close proximity, you reduce the risk of accidents due to slipping on a snow-covered or icy surface.
To avoid fires or siding damage, ensure that you position the grill at a safe distance from your home. It is imperative never to use the grill indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages or carports, as this significantly increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
When grilling, it is crucial to exercise caution and ensure there is no contact between the flame and your coat or any other outerwear, such as gloves or scarves.
Sweetwater Propane’s 12 retail and five self-service grill tank exchange locations ensure you’ll always have a full tank! Find the one nearest you.