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« on: October 19, 2008, 09:02:18 AM »

This is a total Newb question, but I read every propane tank that I have and they all just say to not store above 120 Deg. Nothing about how low they can go.

I used to keep them in my insulated garage, but I just built an additional garage/shed without insulation and wanted to know if I could keep them out there.

I live in Green Bay, WI and do not expect it to get below -20... Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008, 09:05:11 AM »

I've always left my LP tanks outside without any problems.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 10:50:39 AM »

I also leave our tanks outside but we leave them full. I've read somewhere probably on pux that it's better to leave them full for the winter.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 11:42:14 AM »

It is unsafe to store propane inside. If the tank gets hot under the sun, the relief valve will pop and you will loose some gas but it does not hurt the tank.

How low can it go? No limit unless you live in Siberia when the metal get brittle and crack.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 11:57:47 AM »

No problem here in Alberta, where we hit -40 more often than one would like.   I regularly use the propane grill without issue when it is sub-zero outside.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 12:07:26 PM »

I leave mine on the tongue of the trailer, with the valve closed and the connection undone. My trailer is stored in the dealer's locked compound all winter, and I've never had a problem. As for the ones for my barbecue at home, I just keep them in the shed.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2008, 03:11:57 PM »

I store 'em in the shed.  I store my PUP in an old (climate controlled) mine during the winter, and no propane tanks are allowed in there.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2008, 07:20:14 PM »

I keep mine on the trailer tongue also. Valve closed and line disconnected. I have never had a problem with them. Smile
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2008, 07:45:12 PM »

I keep one on the trailer tongue, valve closed, but line connected.  I don't want spiders to lay eggs there.  My spare 20lb & 5lb will probably be stored in the garage this year (first year I've had more then 1 tank.)  I just think about all the places that you can exchange tanks.  They store them outside in metal cages all year.  They don't take any special precautions, so I don't worry about it. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2008, 07:48:22 PM »

At some ungodly cold temperature (minus 60, or something like that), the propane will stop working, because it will become too cold to vaporize.  But this is just a temporary problem.  When it warms up, it will resume working just fine.  It's safe to store at any temperature on Earth.

I just filled our tank up today, and most of it will probably stay in the tank until next spring!
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2008, 06:59:08 AM »

I used to work for an engineering company on a project at the local wastewater treatment plant. They had a facility there that collected the methane from the sewage as it was being processed, and stored it in a tank on-site. They then used the methane to run the boilers for heat throughout the plant. When the temperature got down to -17*C (0*F), they had to switch over to municipal natural gas. One of the engineers explained to me that at that temperature, the methane was too condensed to be used efficiently.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2008, 05:16:10 PM »

There is a little blurb about propane here: http://www.popupexplorer.com/news/story.asp?record=29

It just covers some basic information you might not know.
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2008, 07:33:56 PM »

All of my tanks have either been kept on the camper tongue or in a storage shed that is not climate controlled. I have NEVER heard of a Low Temp issue with them in storage.

I've also stored some in a garage too. But this may not be the best thing to do during the warmer summer months. Maybe blow up? Haven't had that ever happen yet. But...

I guess they're BEST kept outside at all times. Since I live in an Apartment, I have to make do with some inside (non climate controlled sheds) as an alternative to having them stolen.
I'd say that it's OK to keep them out in your additional shed outside.

Whatever you do, do NOT keep them stored in an area that is attached to your actual Living Quarters! IN the home? ~ NO! In an attached garage? ~ NO! IN my apartment? ~ NO!
I'd rather have them Stolen before I put a Leak or Explosion scenario risk to my family.
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