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How to Safely Change a Propane Cylinder on a Barbecue

Summer is peak barbecue season here in Ontario – time to get out and get grilling!

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time at your propane grill in the coming months, you will eventually have to replace or refill your propane barbecue cylinder – when you do, be sure to do it safely!

Here’s how:

Pressure regulator

  1. Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
  2. Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on the design of your grill)
  3. There are two parts of your grill that you will need to be concerned with: the propane cylinder’s tank valve and the barbecue’s pressure regulator (see illustration).
  4. Before you disconnect the pressure regulator, close the tank valve (turn it all the way to the right, or clockwise).
  5. Once the valve is shut, twist off the threaded pressure regulator.
  6. Remove the tank (on some propane grills, the tank is attached to the barbecue by a restraining bolt or screw; simply loosen this to remove the tank).
  7. When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Always place it upright and take it directly to the refilling location. NEVER leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle!
  8. Reverse the process to reconnect your propane tank, making sure the tank valve is closed when reconnecting the pressure regulator. Replacement propane cylinders often come with a plastic safety cap over the tank valve assembly – simply remove this.
  9. If you plan to store a tank on your property, be sure to keep out outside your living space – in your yard, or in a detached garage, for example.

That’s it – happy grilling!

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