We collected primary market data about this problem by asking grillers like you about their experiences. Here are some of the results…
The majority of people feel it's safer to close the valve on the propane tank after each use. The majority also believe there is a possibility for propane loss if the valve is left open. Over 34% of people surveyed are certain they have experienced propane loss due to the valve being left open.
When asked why they don’t turn the valve off at the tank (when they don’t) the #1 answer was “I just forget.” (49%). Followed closely by, “It’s too inconvenient/hard to reach.” Sound familiar?
77% of people surveyed said they would feel safer if they didn't have to stoop down and reach under, or around, their grill in order to close the valve on the propane tank.
Everybody recommends turning off the propane tank after use, but nobody has provided a safe & easy way to do so.
“Warning: Turn off the gas supply at the gas cylinder (tank) after use.” – Weber grills
Weber even has a nice blog post about it.
“When grill is not in use, turn off all control knobs and LP cylinder valve.” – Char-Broil
“Always shut off LP gas cylinder valve when the appliance is not in use.” - Broil King
“When you finish grilling, turn off the grill’s burners and turn off the gas at the cylinder. If the grill will not be used for an extended period, remove the cylinder from the grill for storage.” - Broilmaster
“When grill is not in use, turn off all control knobs and LP cylinder valve.” - Kenmore
“When the outdoor cooking gas appliance is not in use, the gas must be turned off at the supply cylinder.” - Kitchenaid
“The cylinder must be disconnected when the appliance is not in use.” - Master Forge
“When your gas grill is not in use the gas must be turned off at LP gas tank.” - Member's Mark
“When the appliance is not use, the gas must be turned off at the supply cylinder.” - Nexgrill
“Close the tank valve hand wheel when the appliance is not being used and when the tank is not connected to the appliance.” - Blue Rhino
“When finished grilling, turn off burner controls and close the cylinder valve.” – Propane Education & Research Council.
“Turn off the burner control and close the cylinder valve.” – Propane Gas Association of New England
“Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off and keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.” – Advanced Propane, Inc.
“Once the LP cylinder is connected, the grill must be kept outside in a well-ventilated space. When not in use, the LP cylinder valve must be turned to the OFF position (clockwise).” – Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
“When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.” – Delta Liquid Energy
“Make sure to completely turn off the gas after you have finished, or when you are changing the tank. Even a small gas leak can cause a deadly explosion.” – International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
“Turn the valve off first when you finish to allow the gas in the hose to be burned off, then turn off the burner controls so no gas remains trapped in the hose.” – Superior Propane
“When finished with the grill, turn off the barbecue burners and the propane cylinder.” – City of Boston
“Turn off the burner control and close the cylinder valve.” – Western Propane Gas Association
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