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Old 03-12-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for where I should store my two twenty pound propane tanks. We are renting the house and do not have a garage to place them in. I know that they should not be store inside but I am at a loss as to where to store them outside. I have a tarp and a driveway that leads to the back. Would it be advisable to place them on the ashphalt driveway under the tarp? I have an open air front porch... but imagine that would be bad too. Any other suggestions?

Edit: I'm in Michigan and we have some fairly odd temperature swings.


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I keep mine on my deck in the shade...keep them covered (prevent rust) and out of direct sun and you should be fine.


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You could buy a plastic garden storage box. Just make sure it's big enough to store the tank in an upright position. The temp doesn't make much difference, just don't paint them black, and then leave in the direct sun.
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Do you think that it's a bad idea to store them up against the house with a tarp over them? They would be covered and would be on a flat surface.... not so sure if they should be up against the house though.
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Im also in Michigan. I just store one hooked up to the grill and the other right on the back porch against the house. I dont even cover them or anything because if they get rusty I would just take them to Home Depot or Lowes and get an exchange for what $23 or somewthing. I usually just have them refilled locally for $20.
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Thanks! I was a little worried after reading some of the information about houses being blown off their foundations. I will leave them covered under a tarp at the end of the driveway!
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I leave mine in all of the elements. Rain, Snow, sun, cold, heat, etc... Whatever you choose to do will work fine.

I don't care about rust, because I don't refill them. I just exchange them.
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Ditto what Naptown said. I use blue hippo and you just trade out cylinders. I never have it long enough.
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Ditto what Naptown said. I use blue hippo and you just trade out cylinders. I never have it long enough.
What's it cost you for an exchange?
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I think it's $13-16 USD, they had a $3 main in rebate for a while that was actually pretty quick on the turnaround. One cylinder lasts me about 3-4 months. I brew about every-other weekend.


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