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NFISH1 Writes:

"My husband and I both enjoy grilled foods but during the cold Nebraska winters, we find it difficult to get the grill to even start. I wondered if it has something to do with the gas we use. It is propane. Do any of you have any suggestions for me?"


August 14, 2006 at 8:51 am
(1) jc says:

Try keep the gas tank in-doors garage, basement (away for house heater) at least a shed the idea is to keep the tank warmer than the outside temp. if you don’t want to lug around a 37 lb tank (20lb filled) then buy a 10 lb tank, if your cooking more than hambergers/steaks then you need to wrap the tank with something and put a piece of wood between the tank and the ground, when bringing the tank back in from the cold, make sure to have newspaper down this way any condensaion will drip on the paper instead of on the floor/rug.

November 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(2) Bill says:

What kind of an idiot tells anyone to leave a propane tank in their home or garage??? If a leak developed or the tank got knocked over and the valve bumped it would likely level the house and kill occupants. It could also lead to the death or injury of firefighters going in to fight a fire caused by anything else. an overheated tank vents and would explode or increase the intensity of a fire. Most fire codes do not allow propane tanks in buildings.

February 7, 2009 at 10:06 am
(3) Rob says:

JC and bill are both partly right. First of all, your BBQ runs off of propane vapor. The vapor pressure in the propane tank drops with temperature. At -44F the vapor pressure is zero, meaning you will get no propane vapor out of the cylinder at -44. When you start getting below zero Fahrenheit you only have about a quarter of the pressure you have at +70F, which is why the flame is so low. So in short, you need to warm up the tank to barbecue in very cold temperatures. Generally what I do is warm up the cylinder in the laundry tub with warm water and I don’t leave the cylinder unattended just in case there are any leaking issues.

As for Bill’s comments, you definitely don’t want to store propane indoors, but it could be stored in your garage (I still prefer out side). Propane vapor is heavier than air so it will lay on the floor if there is a leak. A garage in general, is designed to be separate from the house and any source of open flame, otherwise you couldn’t park your car in there. The risk of a gas leak from your car would be much worse than a propane leak since gas vapour will hang in the whole room.


February 7, 2009 at 10:47 am
(4) Rob says:

Note, I said heat tank in warm water, not hot water. Dont heat the tank too hot! At 35C or 127F the internal pressure of the propane tank will theoretically hit 250 PSI, at which point the relief valve will release propane gas until the pressure drops back down below the 250 PSI mark. Of course venting the propane inside would not be a good thing.


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