Information about Tanks
Basic Propane Tank Requirements
Several things that customers should know about their propane tank easily seen without having to know the technicalities of propane tanks and the regulations tanks are subject to. Listed below are simple tank related safety and compliance items consumers can see for themselves without having to know technical details.
· Manufacturers Nameplate - Containers without nameplates are not permitted to be filled
· Tank Paint Color - Propane tanks are required to be painted a reflective color
· Regulator Position - Propane regulator must be covered and protected or pointed vertically down
· Level Placement - The tank must be placed above the soil and on level ground
Propane Tank Parts
The visible parts of the propane tank as shown in the picture above play a vital role in the usability and serviceability of the gas tank. All of these parts are attached to the tank at the manufacturer with threaded fittings. These specialized propane tank parts consist of the following replaceable fittings and connections.
§ Fill Valve - Point at which hose from delivery truck is attached to the tank for re-fueling
§ Relief Valve - Safety relief mechanism designed to vent propane in an over-pressure situation
§ Service Valve - Point at which propane is converted to vapor for use with appliance(s)
§ Fixed Liquid Level Gauge - Indicates the level of propane is at or above 80% capacity
§ Float Gauge- Presents a visible indication of the propane volume in the tank. Also called a dial gauge
§ Vapor Return Valve - Connection used during propane delivery to remove excess tank pressure
§ Liquid Withdrawal Valve - Used to withdraw liquid propane from the tank