Originally Posted by Jon in AZ:
Not sure, but I think that's true if you remove the tank and store it at home, too. Your insurer will probably have an issue if you store them in your garage or shed. Fire marshall might, too.
Originally Posted by gordon2
What about my can of gasoline in the garage? What about the paints, solvents, acetone, turpentine? What about my propane
and MAP torch cylinders? No.. garages the world over are full of all these things....
Subsequent comments have made me realize that my comment (above) should be expanded upon. The typical propane
cylinder (tank) used with RVs should indeed be stored in an open and well ventilated area and not exposed to excessive heat. But that guideline is often not followed and I doubt that an insurance company could deny a claim if it were not.
The primary concern is with a cylinder (tank) that is full or nearly so, and gets warm enough to vent because of the increased pressure. So if your storage location remains cool, that is much less of a concern even if the tank is full or close to it. The only times I have seen propane
tanks vent is when they were quite full and set out in the open in a well ventilated area, in direct sunlight on a hot day
. I for one have never seen a leaking valve but that is possible.
The bottom line is that one should remember that a propane cylinder (tank) can
leak, and will
vent if the pressure rises enough. Once it starts leaking or venting, it is very dangerous, particularly in a confined space. I might store propane cylinders (tanks) that are not near full in my garage which stays cooler than outdoors in the summer but that is just for me - a shaded outdoor location would be better. Everyone should plan your storage accordingly regardless of what the insurance company, Fire Marshall or some guy on a forum like myself says.