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Old 06-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Hi folks! I'm Diana, straight from the suburbs of Chicago. I just recently started grilling. Usually I'd have someone else do the grilling but thought it was time to be self sufficient. So far I've cooked burgers, dogs, brats and most recently carne asada on the grill. That was AWESOME.

I am curious though if anyone has any tips on winterizing my grill. I guess we haven't done it right the past couple of years. I had nearly a full propane tank when I turned the valve to off in the fall. Last month when I went to grill for my first time the tank was empty! What a waste of money. I had the valve turned completely tight so I'm not sure if I'm missing another step for the fabulous Chicago winters. Any thoughts?

So far I've done my introduction, asked a question and now I'll contribute! I've become grill-obsessed since I started doing this on my own this year. I'm always looking for fun ways to look at things or make things more entertaining. I ran across this grilling infographic a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty cool. Infographics are going to be my next obsession. Some of these things are just too cool.

I look forward to participating here with you all and hope that maybe someone can help provide some insight into my winter propane issue!

Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to The Forum Diana, looking forward to your posts.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the jungle! Why don't you grill in the winter? There's no such thing as "grilling season". Every day is grilling season!
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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I had nearly a full propane tank when I turned the valve to off in the fall. Last month when I went to grill for my first time the tank was empty! What a waste of money. I had the valve turned completely tight so I'm not sure if I'm missing another step for the fabulous Chicago winters. Any thoughts?
Could be a faulty valve, fitting or tank I guess. But usually what happens is a neighbor runs out of gas while they're grillin' and instead of going to the store to get a refill they simply swap tanks with you. Try marking your next tank with a secret marking and then you'll know for sure. This happens all the time, especially in resort areas where there lots of vacation rentals etc.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:02 AM   #5
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What Nick and oompappy said.

If you want to check that valve and/or tank for leaks, mix up a solution of liquid dishwashing soap and water, 1/4 cup dishwashing soap to a quart of water and paint it all over the different parts of the valve, especially where the valve threads into the tank and the valve-handle-stem enters the valve. Watch for tiny bubbles and not-so-tiny bubbles. Be sure to wash the soap off with water from your garden hose when you are finished.
If you have any of that bubble stuff that kids use to fill the air with bubbles laying around, that will work, too.

Charcoal and wood will store much better and not leak out during your "off-season" and you won't run the risk of blowing up the utility room or yard shed with collected leaky fumes. ?
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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Keep grilling all year 'round is the best suggestion, it's what I do. Grilling in the winter teaches you the valuable lesson of not lifting the cover and playing with the food. Keep the posts coming, this is a great place to learn about grilling!
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A faulty propane valve can be very dangerous. Since you live in the city I take it you do a propane exchange, i.e. Blue Rhino, or something of the sort. I would follow Bobs advice on this. You can always take a spray bottle, or even keep it in your car to check the valve on the tank if you do the exchange. If you have your tank filled tell your propane dealer about it and they will check it out for you and add new sealant compound on the valve if needed.

As for the winterizing, like Nick said, "Every Day is Grilling Season." We are pretty much at the same Latitude, I might be a bit more North, being from Detroit, but around here we grill and BBQ all year round! You just have to get used to it I guess being from the North.
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