Aluminum Propane Tanks

One of the most widely used gases for fuel is propane and one of the safest ways of storing the gas is in aluminum tanks. Propane or dimethylmethane is a colorless, flammable gas made from petroleum. It is normally in liquid form and has to be vaporized to effect energy.

The Energy in Propane

Aluminum tanks are puncture free, non-chafing and long-lasting. Propane fuel tanks are cylindrical pressure vessels and can also be made of other materials such as stainless steel or titanium. They contain valves that feed the burner and supports refueling. The tanks, having both a fuel gauge and a pressure gauge, are available in various sizes 38 liters to 76 liters. The propane itself contains the necessary vapor pressure to force the fuel through a line. Nitrogen might be used to assist in the conversion or warmth. Some tanks may be preheated, or fitted with electrical tapes to convert the gas to vapor pressure. An insulating blanket can be used to regulate the temperature and preserve the warmth.


The concern for safety is of paramount importance especially in instances where there is environmental stress such as rolling around and pitching. Any kind of damage to these tanks could be fatal and result in an explosion. In many states and countries around the world, filling tanks with explosive material is illegal and must comply with the industry standards set by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)because of the risks involved. Propane tanks must be securely mounted or they will ‘float’ as evidenced in underwater environments. Generally, the standards can be summarized in the following quote: “the surface coating of a cylinder must be suitable for the conditions of use. Galvanized or stainless steel cylinders are preferred”.

Here is a propane safety video:

What are propane tanks generally used for?

Cruising, kayaking: the 1.4 Aluminum propane tank is relatively lightweight, at only eight (8) lbs, and made with marine alloy construction. It is refillable and very strong. It is the ideal size for short trips, such as kayaking trips, fitting in almost every hatch.

Camping gas grills: Safety is the essential concern when handling propane gas tanks. On a camping trip, you should have a stove stand with the proper steel clamps to hold the tank in place, especially, if it is a vessel that is constantly moving around. It is always useful to have a repair kit on hand for the attached stove or cooking equipment. Make sure to have a vertical or horizontal mounting rack that securely holds your tank in place.

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The burner unit includes an aluminum propane tank. This is suitable because as the liquid propane turns to gas, it mixes with air; the mixture ignites and sends the flame to the mouth of the envelop. Envelopes are balloon shaped structures made of polyester and a coating that makes it impermeable to air.

Remember that it is illegal to install an aluminum propane tank on your own in most states. Installation is always the job of a licensed propane company.

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