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LP Gas Supply/Tanks
LP Gas is short for Liquefied
Petroleum Gas. Also called propane or bottled gas, LP gas is highly flammable.
It becomes liquid when stored under high pressure inside a cylinder and
vaporizes when released.
- Tank level- The best way to tell
cylinder level is by the weight of the cylinder. Standard cylinder capacity
is 20 lb. of propane. Full cylinder weight should be approximately 38
pounds. A full tank is heavy! Accessory options are available which
will measure gas flow and give a tank level indication.
- Connecting the tank- The standard
style valve outlet is a left-hand thread and tightens in a conter-clockwise
rotation. Likewise, turning the hexnut clockwise disconnects the P.O.L.
valve or regulator assembly.
- Filling the cylinder- Not a self
service operation! The LP dealer will have a qualified person available
to run the equipment that fills the LP Tank.
NOTE: A cylinder POL Plug should
always be used in the cylinder valve outlet when the cylinder is being
transported and when the cylinder is not connected to the grill.
The cylinder should not be stored in a building, garage or any other enclosed
area. Store outdoors in a well ventilated area.
- Tank age- The date manufactured
is stamped into the guard surrounding the cylinder valve. (This guard
also acts as the carrying handle.) Cylinders should be re-certified
after 12 years from this date. Re-certification can generally be done
by a local propane distributor. The charge is $5 to $10 and the tanks
are tagged and certified for another 5 year period.
- Rusty tank- Cylinders can be repainted
with a rust preventative type paint. Remove loose rust with sandpaper
or steel wool and clean away any grease or oils. Do not paint valve
assembly and do not paint over warning labels. Mask off valve assembly
and warning labels if using spray paint. Use white, or off-white paint
with the color specified for propane tanks. Light colored paints will
help reflect heat when exposed to the sun.
- New style tanks- These tanks have
an internal thread to accomodate standard POL fittings and also have
an external thread to accomodate new grills with the Marshall Type
large Acme nut. New style tanks have an internal check valve which prevents
gas flow until a leak tight connection is made. Compare local pricing
of a new tank as the cost of the adapter may be nearly as much as the
cost of a new tank!
- New style tank with older model grill-
You can use a new style tank with an older model standard POL fitting.
The new style tank valves have internal threads which allow you to connect
the standard POL fitting in a counter-clockwise rotation.
- Noted problems with new style
Symptoms - Low or weak flame, long heat-up time,
grill doesn't burn as it should. Possible cause - The new style QCC
Tanks have a safety feature built into the tank valve which restricts
the flow of gas to a low level if the valve senses release above a
certain level. This feature appears to be causing some malfunctions.
Opening the propane tank valve full open may cause the safety device
to activate. Open the valve on top of the tank 1/4 to 1/2 turn only.
Do not open all the way. To reset the internal valve turn the tank
off. Disconnect the hose and regulator. Wait 5 minutes. Hook the grill
back up and slowly open the tank valve one quarter of a turn.
The information provided is not intended to take the place of the owners
manual that was supplied with your grill. Specific safety, repair
and maintenance information varies between grill models and brands.
Always refer to your owners manual first.