Propane Cylinder Safety Tips for Grilling Season

Propane Cylinder Safety Tips for Grilling Season

Written on: May 2, 2022

Midwest Gas makes having a safe, full cylinder easy!

grill tank exchange kentuckyMemorial Day, and the unofficial start of grilling season, are just around the corner. And when it comes to grilling, you can’t beat propane whether you’re feeding a crowd at the big cookout or whipping up a quick weeknight supper.

Midwest Gas makes it easy to do both with our propane cylinder services. You can buy new 20-, 30-, and 40-lb. propane cylinders as well as fittings and hoses for them, get them refilled, and get them recertified at our main office at 2557 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights during our regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

Refilling a propane cylinder is typically less expensive than using a propane cylinder exchange like the ones you see at grocery, retail, home improvement, and convenience stores. If you read the fine print, you will see that those cylinders usually only contain 15 pounds of propane, so you end up paying more per pound than when you refill at Midwest Gas. Not to mention, you may be giving back unused propane in the cylinder that you turn in to the exchange cage.

With a propane cylinder refill at Midwest Gas, you pay per pound of propane put into your cylinder during the refill, not a flat rate like other companies, which will save you money.

Recertification services

Midwest Gas is one of the only places in Northern Kentucky where you can get your DOT cylinders recertified.

Propane cylinders are only certified for a period of 12 years after manufacture. After that, they cannot legally be refilled unless recertified by a qualified propane dealer, who will verify that they meet current safety standards and are safe to fill and use.

Here’s how to tell if your propane cylinder needs to be recertified. Examine the collar of your propane cylinder for stamped markings. A date stamp is visible near the valve. It will show the month and year it was manufactured. If the number reads “7-15,” for example, that means your cylinder was produced in July of 2015. When you bring your tanks to Midwest Gas for recertification, you get another five years of use from that cylinder, saving you the expense of buying a new one.

How to safely store and transport propane cylinders

Whether you are using your propane cylinders for your grill, firepit, insect trap, portable generator, or other outdoor propane appliance, there are some essential propane safety best practices to follow.

Whether you need a new cylinder, fittings, and hoses, a cylinder refill, or cylinder recertification, come to Midwest Gas!