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Old 10-08-2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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Winterizing and Propane Tank

I've read that most people remove their propane tank for winter storage. Is this necessary? And why?

My tank is almost empty and I'd rather leave it in place over the winter, covered with the breathable Scamp cover. Just one less chore to do!
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So the tank doesn't get stolen from the storage yard where they keep the trailer.
I don't and I don't know anybody who does remove their propane tanks.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:50 PM   #3
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I've read that most people remove their propane tank for winter storage. Is this necessary? And why?

My tank is almost empty and I'd rather leave it in place over the winter, covered with the breathable Scamp cover. Just one less chore to do!
I guess I am not most people as I have never removed a propane tank for winter storage. But I also store at my home, so I don't worry about theft.
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My propane tank stays on the trailer all year and thru Wisconsin's Winter. Theft is the only reason I think valid, but tanks are pretty cheap and hard to fence so I wonder if there is real risk.
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Ditto here. Stays on all winter. And yes, I live in a corner of AZ that has a real winter.
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My propane tank stays on the trailer all year and thru Wisconsin's Winter. Theft is the only reason I think valid, but tanks are pretty cheap and hard to fence so I wonder if there is real risk.
I found my tank missing twice before trips. Should have remembered sooner that it was me that was the thief that stole it for the BBQ. Do agree with you John, a LP tank is a very low risk unless you're grilling .
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Some indoor storage places may not allow combustibles.
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I took mine out last winter. Two 20 lb. tanks. But that was just to install the new 30 lb. tanks.

It might be better for the valve O rings to leave the tanks in place, rather than pull them out. I've had some of those crack and begin to leak, but other than that, propane can sit for many years, in all sorts of weather, and be just fine.

For winterizing, or any period of non use, just shut off the tank valves.
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Leave mine on all winter...Stored at home...
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:42 AM   #10
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If your going to remove the tank remember to cap the connector going to the regulator. Small cutter wasps find them very inviting for there nests and there hard to clean out. I have several types of outdoor propane cooking equipment. If I remove the tank for a couple of weeks without capping the connector I some times end up removing the connector from the regulator to clean the screen because some of the nest fragments get pushed through when removing it from the connector. Of course this is the San Joaquin Valley of California where we have some insect activity year round.
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Ditto here. Stays on all winter. And yes, I live in a corner of AZ that has a real winter.
"REAL" Winter? how cold and how long? Where I grew up we had nine months of winter, and three months of "hard sledding"
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Real winter?

I cry mercy, Wayne! Let's just call it a 2-cord winter. Enough to require winterization of RV plumbing. Enough to support a 4-month ski season an hour away. Enough to make me appreciate spring and summer. Enough to grow apples, but not peaches.

In other words, just enough. Upper Midwestern winters... you can keep 'em!

I love it that I can ski one day and hike in shorts and t-shirt the next, depending on which direction I drive!
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I've read that most people remove their propane tank for winter storage. Is this necessary? And why?

My tank is almost empty and I'd rather leave it in place over the winter, covered with the breathable Scamp cover. Just one less chore to do!
No reason to remove unless you are storing in a lot. Have never removed a tank in 34 years in our yard. Always turn off tank when not in use to keep pressure off of hoses.
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I never remove mine but I do close the valves on the tank in case of a hose leak.
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