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    Connecting Your Propane Tank to Your Grill

    Learn how to attach your propane tank to your grill from AmeriGas experts

    Step 1

    Set Up Propane Grill

    Set up gas grill

    Before you begin, make sure your grill is safely positioned away from any flammable material and that the grill cover is completely open.

    Ensure the gas is turned to the off position before hooking up the propane tank to the grill. If you have not done so already, remember to remove the used tank from the grill.

    Learn more about how to safely set up your grill.
    Step 2

    Turn Off Service Valve

    Tank Valve Arrows

    Make sure the tank service valve hand wheel is turned OFF (to the right) completely before connecting to your grill or other appliance.

    Remove the blue plastic cap that is covering the nozzle. The plastic cap will be perforated, which makes it relatively easy to remove.

    Step 3

    Hook Up and Secure Propane Tank to Grill

    Tank Knob

    After removing the blue plastic cap covering the nozzle, you can now connect the grill's gas line to the nozzle.

    The propane tank should fit snugly into the gas line. Turn the coupler at the end of the gas line to the right to secure the connection to the tank. Make sure the fitting is fully screwed in, but not so tight that you won't be able to unscrew it when the time comes to exchange your tank.


    Next, turn the gas valve on the propane tank to the open position. Your valve should be in the shape of a triangle and etched with the words "OPD," or overfill protection device. Make sure the gas line is in and secure.

    Step 4

    Conduct a Final Safety Check

    Leak Check

    After your tank is secured and the gas grill is connected to the gas line, there are a few safety practices to ensure you are grilling safely.

    - Always inspect and test your cylinder for leaks--especially before the first use of the season.


    - If at any time you smell gas, safely turn off the cylinder valve (turning it to the right (clockwise)). If you cannot turn the valve off safely, immediately call 911. The grill and propane tank should be inspected by a qualified service technician before the next use.


    Once this is compete, you are ready to turn on your grill or other propane powered device and get cooking!