How to Install a Propane Tank

Propane-fueled grills are among the most common grills on the commercial market.

These grills require a tank filled with liquid propane to provide the gas that produces the flame for cooking. Follow these steps to install a propane fuel tank to an outdoor grill.

Ensure the grill is clean and that all hoses and connectors are free from defects or damage. Replace all hoses that appear cracked, split or may be leaking.

Inspect the grill's regulator assembly and make certain that the connector is the proper type for the propane tank before installation. Older propane grills require an upgrade to the regulator assembly to accept safer, more efficient propane tank fixtures.

Screw the propane tank's connector to the grill's regulator. Tighten the connection by hand. Do not over-tighten this connector.

Apply a small amount of soapy water to the connection and inspect for bubbles that may indicate a leak or improper connection. Re-tighten the connection and inspect the area.

Turn the handle on the top of the propane tank that indicates the "Open" direction. Check all of the hoses with soapy water.

Secure the propane tank to the side or bottom of the grill. Many grills have an area for the propane bottle to sit in once installed.

Operate the grill according to its instructions and light the grill's burners. All burners should light. Observe sufficient gas flow.

Tips

  • Rotate the propane tank's valve to its fullest to allow the proper amount of fuel to be delivered.
  • Install a heat shield between grill and hoses for best protection.

Warning

  • Wear gloves during this process.