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Using a Propane Burner

Propane from Tank to burner

Propane is transported as a liquid purely for convenience.To hook the tank up to the grill, the end of a tube leading to the burn is screwed securely onto the threaded opening of the tank. Once this connection is secure, the tank’s top valve is turned counter-clockwise, exposing the tank’s high-pressure interior to the tube’s low-pressure interior.

As the pressure equalizes, some of the liquid propane evaporates and fills the tube. Meanwhile, the burner side of the tube has a special valve that keeps this newly-evaporated gas from escaping. This special valve is controlled by a dial on the front of the grill, allowing the user to adjust the amount of propane, which determines flame strength.

Turning Off The Burner

To extinguish the burner, the user simply turns the dial to “off.” This completely stops the flow of propane, causing the flames to go out. Turning the gas flow back on will not re-ignite the flames.  Make sure you tightly close your valves so that propane doesn’t leak.

What is Propane and where does it come from?

Propane is a versatile fuel used for heating homes, heating water, cooking, drying clothes, fueling gas fireplaces, and as an alternative fuel for vehicles.

Propane naturally occurs as a gas at atmospheric pressure but can be liquefied if subjected to moderately increased pressure. It is stored and transported in its compressed liquid form, but by opening a valve to release propane from a pressurized storage container, it is vaporized into a gas for use. Simply stated, propane is always a liquid until it is used.

Although propane is non-toxic and odorless, an identifying odor is added so the gas can be readily detected. Propane is that it is not produced for its own sake, but is a by-product of two other processes, natural gas processing and petroleum refining.