Propane Tank Holder-Tip
16/06/12 Filed in: Tips | Gas Grill
If you’re like me and you have 20 pound propane cylinders you need to get refilled, you’ve probably questioned their design. The cylinders have a very narrow base that makes them prone to tipping when they’re moved. Yes the narrow ring that forms the base can be clamped and held in place on the grill, but that doesn’t help when you need to move the cylinder to say get refilled. Well for the last 4 years I have been using an accessory the sells for less than $10 and serves to give a 20 pound propane cylinder a steady base and can help prevent tipping. If you are like me, you may have lots of grill tools and don’t have to visit the grilling department of your local stores very often, so you may not be aware of this product.
The one I have goes by the rather cheesy name of the “Mr Heater Propane Tank Holder Foot” and I paid about $8.00 for it at Lowes. There are some other similar products, but I’ll talk about the one I have. It is a black plastic ring about 4” high and slightly wider than the diameter of a standard 20 pound propane cylinder. The base flares out to help give it stability and to give you a lip to place your feet on and hold it down while you are lifting the cylinder out of the holder. The top has an opening for the tank and there are a series of flaps around the perimeter. The flaps are angled downward which serves to make it easy to place the tank in the holder and more difficult to pull it out. The holder also has a bottom ring that falls under the base ring of the cylinder and serves to keep it up off the damp ground.
In use the cylinder has been very durable. It has been stored outside year round next to my grill and other than some color fading it is as good as new. It is very stable and I’ve never had a cylinder tip over in the car when bringing the cylinder to get filled. The only minor problem I’ve had with it, is that it is rather hard to remove the cylinder when the holder is new. You have to work a bit to get the cylinder out. Over time it has gotten easier to remove the cylinder, but it is still held in place very securely. If you have to bring propane cylinders back and forth to get them filled, I recommend you get yourself a propane cylinder holder.