If you camp, you probably have at least one propane tank hanging around — but what is the best way to store them?
Does propane degrade when stored? Remember that propane is a flammable gas that should never be stored indoors.
Storing your propane from camping? Learn how to store your tanks safely in this article.
Where to Store Camping Propane Tanks
Always store your camping propane tanks outdoors — never inside or in any kind of enclosed space. Store and keep your cylinders in a cool, dry place that never gets above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not smoke near propane tanks or cylinders, and propane should be kept away from flame, fire, and sparks.
Tips for Storing Camping Propane Tanks
It is not uncommon to end the camping season with a tank or two of propane left over. The normal response is to save this commodity for the next camping season.
But how and where to safely store it? It is imperative to use common sense and safety when storing propane — as it is a highly flammable and explosive gas.
When it comes to propane, make no mistake — it should always be stored outside. Outside does not include your garage or basement — this is a fire hazard.
Also, don’t store your tanks in a shed or utility building — this is also unsafe. The best place for any propane tank is outdoors, in a ventilated, level, and flat place that is not in direct sun.
This extends to when you are out camping. Do not store the cylinders in the sunlight or near where people smoke.
Use the same kind of common sense for camping that you do when it comes to storing the tanks later at home. While a shed may seem like a smart place to store the tanks that are out of harm’s way, do not do it.
If vapors escape from the tank — which they could — it could cause a major issue, damage, and injury. Play it safe and store the tank outdoors.
Consider these few words to the wise regarding the storage of your camping propane tanks, too!
- Pressure builds inside the propane tank when the temperature rises, which is why it is so important to not put the tank in direct sunlight or extreme heat. It could cause an explosive reaction.
- Again, it merits repeating — do not store your tank in a shed or garage — anywhere that a leak could cause major problems and contamination.
- It is important to store tanks on a level and flat surface. This prevents the possibility of the tank getting knocked over or tipped, which could cause a valve to loosen or leak.
- Just as propane cylinders do not respond well to extremely warm temperatures, they also do not do well in freezing temperatures, either. Keep the tank above freezing — or insulated in freezing — temperatures. By insulating the tank, wrap a towel or blanket around the center of the cylinder.
- Keep propane tanks of any kind at least ten feet from flammable or combustible materials- including candles, pilot lights, smoking, or electrical devices, just to name a few.
Treat the propane tanks that you have left from camping gingerly.
With proper storage and care, you can use these again next camping season — or the year after that! In the right environmental conditions, propane does not deteriorate over time so you will be able to use it, as needed, for years to come.
Be wary, however. Over prolonged periods of time, the propane can cause the container to degrade or corrode so watch for that.
Frequently Asked Questions about Where to Store Camping Propane Tanks
Is a propane tank safe?
Propane is a flammable gas. Be careful handling and storing it. Follow manufacturer recommendations any time that you deal with a propane-fueled appliance or item.
Can you store propane tanks inside?
Propane cylinders and tanks of any size should be stored in a well-ventilated location outdoors. Do not store your camping propane tanks in your basement, your garage, in a shed- only outdoors. It is indeed a fire hazard.
How long does propane keep?
A standard size tank of around 20 pounds of propane should be good for about 20 hours of grill time. A small disposable cylinder, about a pound, lasts for a couple of hours usually.
Why is propane dangerous?
Propane is a dangerous and flammable gas. It is combustible and explosive so handle with care.
Is propane more dangerous than natural gas?
Propane gas is more explosive than natural gas, therefore some may say it is more dangerous. However, propane and natural gas and propane are equally hazardous in regards to carbon monoxide poisoning fatality.
How to tell if my propane tank’s empty?
When your propane tank is nearing empty, you may detect a strong smell of gas. The theory is that when the gas is low in the cylinder, the concentrated and intense smell is what you are left with.
Does propane deteriorate?
Propane does not deteriorate as it needs to be in a tightly secured vessel, so there is no opportunity for the gas to degrade. If you store the propane for too long, it may damage and deteriorate and corrode the seals of the tank containing it.
Got propane cylinders leftover from camping?
Remember that propane is flammable and could be dangerous.
Use these tips to store propane tanks safely and securely.