Posted: September 5, 2023
When Should I Refill My Propane Grill Tank?
You may consider yourself an expert when it comes to grilling a meal on your propane-fueled grill. Perhaps you have mastered how to cook that delicious hamburger or that perfectly charred hot dog or that impeccably seared steak.
However, even if the food you grill is top notch that does not necessarily mean you know when you should refill your propane grill tank. So how exactly do you know when it is time for a refill? Let’s take a look and find out.
When Is It Time To Refill Your Propane Grill Tank?
Knowing when it’s time for a propane tank refill is important. After all, you don’t want to head outside to your outdoor living space prepared to grill something up for your family and friends only to discover that your propane supply is too low to actually do any grilling.
Here are some signs that it’s time to order a new supply of propane for your grill tank:
- If your propane grill tank feels light and not nearly as heavy as you remember it feeling, chances are you are low on propane.
- A full propane grill tank will give you a steadily burning flame or pilot light when your grill is in use. If you are grilling and notice that the flame is low or sputtering your propane supply is low. If your tank is completely empty, your grill won’t light at all.
- Depending on how often you are using your propane grill, you most likely only have a few months in between propane tank refills. So if a bunch of time has passed since your last refill it’s probably time for another one.
- You can actually test your grill’s propane supply with a pot of boiled hot water. While your propane tank is off and disconnected, pour a pot of boiled water over the side of the tank. The point on the tank that is cool to the touch indicates where the propane supply currently is.
- Installing a gauge on your grill is always an option. You can go with a standard gauge that gives you an analog reading or, these days, you can buy one that links to your smart phone. The standard gauges have a needle that moves towards empty as your propane supply goes down. Once the needle moves to the halfway point between full and empty, you should refill your propane supply.
The Lifespan Of A Propane Grill Tank
How long a propane grill tank lasts depends on the size of the grill that it’s fueling. On average, a propane grill tank that is 20 pounds can fuel a medium sized grill for between 18 and 20 hours and a large grill for about 10 hours. Propane grill tank cylinders should be replaced every 10 years seeing as they do expire.
Turn To Tidewater Energy For Your Propane Needs
If you are in the Eastern North Carolina area, you can rely on Tidewater Energy to be your full-service propane company. We offer propane delivery, the installation and servicing of propane outdoor living appliances and propane tank installation.
Contact us today and let us know how we can help with your propane needs!