Do you use propane cylinders at home? Many people use them to fuel their grills or fire pits; if so, you know the ease and convenience of this fantastic product. However, there are some essential things you should know about how to store propane safely.
Propane is a valuable fuel on hand that stores easily and comes with a long shelf life. When propane is stored safely, it’s beneficial to have it on hand; keep reading to find out the dos and don’ts of propane storage.
Storing Portable Propane Tanks Indoors
Some people are nervous about storing propane tanks indoors, but indoor storage can be convenient and safe when you have the proper setup. The important things to remember are to not store your propane in a spot that is attached to your home. Although statistics show that propane is rarely the first ignited material (accounting for less then 1% of all fires), good safety practices are still important.
A detached garage or shed is the best place to store propane tanks safely. These kinds of structures can provide coverage from direct sunlight. Ventilation is also essential, so storing your tank in a well-ventilated area that provides shade from direct sunlight is ideal. Keeping your tank on a flat surface in a place that is far from electrical tools or other combustible material or flammable items is also important.
Storing Portable Propane Tanks Outdoors
Many people worry if storing propane tanks outside is safe. It is! But it’s best to be intentional about where you store propane. The best practice is to store your tanks on a flat, sturdy surface like a concrete slab. Propane is safe to store outdoors even when temperatures drop below freezing. You don’t even need to cover propane tanks in below-freezing temps. They are safe to store outdoors, even in winter.
Storing propane in the summer is also easy; just like in winter, storing your propane on a flat solid surface is best. When storing propane in the summer, it’s best to keep the tank in a shaded area. Direct sunlight for long periods can raise the temperature of the propane inside the tank, and you want to avoid it getting too hot. Propane should be stored in a place where the internal temperature will not exceed 120°F (49 °C)
Dos and Don’ts of Portable Propane Tank Storage
Hopefully, you’re feeling confident about your propane storage options; here are a few more dos and don’ts of how to store your propane safely. If you have questions about propane storage, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re here to help.
DO store propane away from spark-producing tools.
DO store propane on level surfaces that are dry and away from your home.
DO inspect your tanks regularly for damage and replace them if there is any cause for concern.
DO get your tank professionally refilled by a professional at Conklin Oil and Propane.
DON’T store a backup tank near a BBQ Grill.
DON’T store propane tanks on their sides. Always store them upright to avoid a release of liquid or vapors.
DON’T store propane on wet surfaces. Water can lead to rust and pitting that shortens the life and safety of the tank.
DON’T use a damaged or rusty tank.
Conklin Oil and Propane
If you need new propane tanks or a refill on your existing tanks, Conklin Oil and Propane is here to help. We provide various services, including propane gas delivery for large tanks and a propane tank filling station. Whatever your propane needs are, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started!