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Old 12-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Moved to New England this year. I struggle to keep my propane tank from freezing in the cooler months.

Does anyone have any tricks to prevent this?

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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I leave mine in the garage all winter long. I live in upstate NY and the winters here can get very cold and I haven't had any problems. I guess I have to ask what is freezing ?

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Old 12-22-2012, 11:34 PM   #3
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Moved to New England this year. I struggle to keep my propane tank from freezing in the cooler months.

Does anyone have any tricks to prevent this?
I have a big plastic tub that I fill with hot water.

Hooking 2 tanks together is also supposed to work well, but warm water was easier for me.
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It doesn't really need hot water to work fine, either.
Just above freezing will work too.

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Old 12-23-2012, 06:28 AM   #5
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"I leave mine in the garage all winter long. I live in upstate NY and the winters here can get very cold and I haven't had any problems. I guess I have to ask what is freezing ?"

Brewers using 75-200K burners and doing a 60-90 minute boil, using 20 pound cylinders in cold weather. Notice that the cylinder ices up and pressure at the burner is decreased. It becomes worse, as the volume of liquid in the tank decreases. That's what the brewer means, when saying that the tank is freezing. Keeping the tank warm helps with keeping the pressure up, when burning the fuel. It's a temperature/pressure thing. Check a temperature/pressure correlation chart for propane. The chart may explain things better. Maybe, it is because that you're burners, boiling time and boil volumes aren't the same as the brewers that experience the problem. Or, perhaps, you're cylinder contains magical space gas. That doesn't share the same characteristics of LP... :-)

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move it closer to the burner

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Wrap the wife's heating pad or electric blanket around the tank.

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I've gotten in the habit of switching between 2 tanks. First to heat strike water and the sparge water...then second for the boil. I've found that even at 50 degrees a tank used by itself freezes with my setup.

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If you're not a slave to the tank exchange process and can get local fills, it would be a good idea to get yourself a 40 pound tank (or larger).

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If you're not a slave to the tank exchange process and can get local fills, it would be a good idea to get yourself a 40 pound tank (or larger).
Don't mean to high jack the thread, but with batch sparging a five gallon batch how much propane would the average batch consume?
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