After a summer spent flipping burgers and charring asparagus, your propane tank may be empty or even expired. Fall is officially here, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the spoils of a grilled meal! Discover how you can tell whether your propane tank is empty or out of date with tips from Courtland Hearth and Hardware.
Expired Propane Tank
The law can differ depending on the area, but most standard propane tanks become expired after 12 years. To determine if your propane tank is expired, first, check along the top of the collar of the tank. You’ll notice a set of serial numbers. “WC” refers to the water content of the tank, and “TW” (Tare Weight) refers to the weight of the tank when completely empty. Pay close attention to the manufacture date, and make sure that the tank is less than 12 years of age. If your tank is expired, it can not be refilled. Please ask a Courtland Hearth and Hardware sales associate about exchanges or recertification.
The recertification process is a simple test performed by a certified propane retailer that ensures your cylinder is still safe to carry propane. Take your tank to the certified propane retailer. They will inspect and test your tank for a fee. If it passes, they will then put a sticker on your tank indicating the date of inspection and when he recertified it.
If you don’t want to worry about your propane tank running dry, Courtland offers an optional in-line gas gauge.
Empty Propane Tank
You don’t have to fire up the grill to see if the propane tank is empty or not. Luckily, you can approximate the fill level of your tank by determining its weight. Most standard tanks weigh about 17 pounds when empty and can hold up to 20 pounds of propane. Simply weigh the tank and subtract the tare weight. If your tank is empty or low, it’s time to take it to Courtland Hearth and Hardware to have it refilled.
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