- Inspect propane bottles for damage and age. Bottles must be re-qualified after ten years. Cylinders are date stamped - usually on the protective collar.
- Before connecting the bottle to the barbecue, check the connector at the end of the hose and at the regulator assembly. Most connections have an o-ring near the nose to assist in forming a seal against leaks. Inspect o-ring for wear or damage. If damage is evident, do not make connection. (Note: Some barbecue connections have a hard nose with no groove at tip and no o-ring. If you have this type of connection, be assured that it is perfectly normal and does not require an o-ring.)
- If your barbecue was manufactured after January 01, 1994, it will come equipped with the quick closing coupling (qcc-1). It does not require an O-ring. It features a custom right-hand thread for quick, easy connection to propane cylinders which have been manufactured after January 01, 1994. The qcc-1 is designed so that propane will not flow until the connection between the barbecue and the cylinder is fully secure. It includes a replaceable seal inside the valve. If the seal has to be replaced due to wear, the valve insert can be removed and another insert can be placed in the valve by a qualified person.
- Check piping and connectors. This can be done after bottle is connected by putting soap bubbles or a ready-to-use solution called "an ounce of prevention" to all threaded or clamped connections. Ensure the burner control valves are turned off. Open the main cylinder valve slowly and fully. If bubbles form, your connection is leaking. Close your cylinder valve immediately and re-tighten the connection. Do not attempt to light your barbecue. If leak persists after re-testing, close cylinder valve and contact your dealer.
- All barbecues and appliances manufactured in Canada since 1980 come with an instruction plate securely attached in a visible area. The plate clearly defines, in French and English, complete instructions for lighting and shutting down the appliance.
- Remember to read the manufacturer's instructions before lighting.
- Always open the lid before lighting. If ignition does not take place, turn the control valves off, wait for five minutes and repeat the lighting procedure. When you are finished, close the valve on the cylinder first to allow the propane in the hose to be consumed. After the burner is extinguished, turn the control valves to the off position.
- Inspect burner for wear and clean burning. Flame should be blue with a minimum of yellow flame.
Transporting, filling & storing propane bottles
Because of the possibility that the pressure relief valve might release propane, several aspects of handling become important.
- Cylinders must always be upright in storage, during transportation or when in use to ensure that in the event of excess pressure, vapour escapes and not liquid propane, which is more dangerous than a vapour release. Excess pressure can be caused by a rise in temperature of bottle from direct sunlight or increased ambient temperature.
- Cylinders should never be transported or installed in an enclosed space. If you must transport by car, use the trunk and use a stand or cardboard holder called pro-tote to keep bottle upright and have trunk lid open a few inches for ventilation.
- Government regulations require that propane cylinders be properly seated or plugged during transport and transported in a secure upright position in a ventilated space.
- When you get your filled propane cylinder home, remove it from your trunk promptly. If you are not connecting it to your barbecue or appliance immediately, store it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Keep it away from sparks or open flames and avoid rough handling.
- Remember to treat empty cylinders with the same precaution and procedures as full ones. When returning your empty cylinder for refilling, always remember to use the plug.