Reading Up On: Propane Cylinder Capacity

June 27, 2024 –

BBQ season is in full swing and it’s likely that your grill is working overtime. When it’s time to purchase a new cylinder or refill a cylinder, why isn’t it filled all the way? Read on for more details on the importance of proper propane cylinder capacity.

Propane Storage

  • Propane is a gas that gets turned into a liquid when it’s put under pressure.
  • During this process, the temperature drops to -44 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When stored properly, propane stays in liquid form.

Expansion and Safety

  • Increased temperatures cause the propane inside the tank to expand and need extra space to do so safely.
  • Cylinders should never be filled to full capacity to leave room for propane expansion.

Risks of Overfilling

  • A filled-to-the-top cylinder can cause the pressure relief valve on a BBQ cylinder to malfunction and present a risk.

Regulations and Compliance

  • Regulations and guidelines for filling propane cylinders are established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), among others.
  • Violations can elicit penalties, fines, and legal consequences. Due to the potential risk, these violations are strictly enforced.

Propane is a safe and clean fuel for grills as well as many other outdoor appliances. Complying with federal regulations and applying common sense practices ensures a safe experience every time you refill. More questions after reading this? Contact Paraco at 800-647-4427 for assistance.

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