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How to Use a Propane Tank

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Propane is a gas that is used in RVs, grills and sometimes in the home. Propane has the ability to be compressed into a liquid state. This makes propane gas easy to transport. Propane commonly comes in a cylindrical tank which is then hooked up to the propane device.

Using propane properly prevents potential safety hazards.

These cylinder tanks are tough, but you must use them properly to prevent any dangerous situations. Different areas of the country have different policies for propane use, so familiarize yourself with the local codes.

  1. Inspect the gauge level gauge on the tank to determine whether you have enough fuel. Most manufacturer recommend running the tank only if the gauge reads above 20 percent. Fill the propane tank by taking it to your propane supplier and following their tank-specific instructions.

  2. Set your propane cylinder in a shaded area that is away from direct sunlight. Keep the tank away from any open flames.

  3. Place the tank on a firm surface, so the tank does not rock or sit at an angle.

  4. Connect the supply hose to the end of the propane tank, using the connection provided by the propane supplier. Tighten the connection down by hand, turning clockwise. Connect the other end to your appliance.

  5. Turn the gas control valve so that it is completely open.

  6. Rub liquid detergent soap on all the connections with the gas on and inspect the connections for any bubbles forming. Tighten the connections if there are any bubbles forming.

  7. Turn the valve to the fully closed position after use, and store the propane tank outdoors, in the shade, standing up. Cover the tank to prevent rusting .


Call your local propane supplier for the refill of stationary propane tanks installed outside the home. Do not attempt to fill these on your own. Light the propane using the ignition device on the propane appliance. Refer to the owner's manual for the propane device for lighting instructions.