If you suspect your BBQ propane tank is getting close to empty, figuring out if there’s propane left in it is easy. Start by looking at the ring on the top of the tank for the letters and numbers stamped into the metal. Find the empty weight of the tank by looking for “TW” followed by a number. Most BBQ propane tanks weigh between 18 to 20 pounds. After you’ve located the empty weight, put the tank on a scale — if it’s heavier than the TW number, the extra weight is the amount of propane still in the tank.
Recycling Your Propane Tank
If you discover your propane tank is empty after weighing it, keep in mind that BBQ propane tanks are recyclable! Find a recycling drop-off centre near you where you can drop off your empty tank. Most expired, refillable propane tanks can be taken to propane dealers. If you have an empty, non-refillable propane tank that’s single-use, like a camping propane container, these are no longer accepted at propane dealers, landfills and transfer stations because it is too difficult and expensive to recycle them.
Keep in mind that some metal recyclers still take disposable propane tanks, but the valves should be removed and they should be empty. If you haven’t already, you should plan on making the switch to using only refillable propane tanks, and remember to never place a pressurized container in your garbage bin!
Getting Ready for BBQ Season
As you get ready for barbecue season this year, why not try cleaning your grill with some simple, eco-friendly ingredients? On a yearly basis, we recommend removing your grill from the barbecue and sprinkling baking soda or washing soda all over its grates. Then, immerse the grill in a tub of warm water. Soak the grill over night, if possible, and then scrub it with a sponge to remove any remaining debris. Finally, give the grill a final wash with liquid castile soap or eco-friendly dish soap, rinse it off, let it dry, and get ready to barbecue!