How to attach or change bbq gas bottles

How to Remove Gas Regulator from LPG Gas Bottle - How to change LPG gas bottle (patio gas bottle) and connect or disconnect a BBQ gas regulator…

Removing gas cylinder from BBQ

"How To" and operating instructions for attaching, detaching or changing a BBQ gas bottle (patio gas bottle) with a POL fitting & gas regulator.

How to Attach or Change Your BBQ Gas Bottle - Attach or Remove Regulator from Gas Bottle

You need to know how to remove regulator from the gas cylinder valve (remove regulator from gas bottle) to change a BBQ gas bottle. You also need to know how to attach the BBQ gas regulator to the replacement BBQ gas bottle.

Changing a BBQ gas bottle is easy, once you know how to do all of that.

If you are new to changing a BBQ gas bottle, this page should get you going!

What's what?

LPG or Propane?

In Australia, LPG is Propane. 

Same thing, so no worries.

LPG Gas Bottle or BBQ Gas Bottle or Patio Gas Bottle?

Same thing again, so still no worries!   

BBQ LPG Gas Bottle-Cylinder Size (patio gas bottle) should be either 8.5kg (9kg) or 3.7kg (4kg).

BBQ Valve

To remove regulator from gas bottle, you simply close the valve and unscrew it. However, it is a reverse thread so you unscrew clockwise.

The standard BBQ valve in Australia is a POL Valve

Other countries use other types of valves. 

The valve includes the gas valve hand wheel and a female opening where the POL gas regulator is screwed in.

Gas Valve Hand Wheel

Used to turn the BBQ gas bottle ON and OFF

BBQ Gas Regulator

To remove regulator from gas bottle, you simply close the valve and unscrew it. However, it is a reverse thread so you unscrew clockwise.

The BBQ gas regulator controls the gas pressure of the gas going from the BBQ gas bottle to the BBQ or patio heater. POL BBQ gas regulators are used in Australia and are usually supplied with the BBQ. Please note that the BBQ gas regulator has a reverse or 'left handed' thread.

Gas Hose

Attached to the gas regulator on one end, with a POL fitting, and the BBQ or heater on the other end. 

These can become damaged or deteriorate with age. 

You should replace it if it shows any signs of being faulty. 

It is good practice to replace the entire BBQ gas regulator and hose assembly, if it is old enough for the hose to have deteriorated, as gas regulators also wear with age. 

Please also see:  Gas BBQ Gas Regulator & Hose Problems

CAUTION:  Never open the valve on an unattached BBQ gas bottle even if you think it is empty.

How to Remove Regulator from Gas Cylinder Valve - Remove Regulator from Gas Bottle - Removing Gas Cylinder from BBQ

You must remove regulator from the gas cylinder valve (remove regulator from gas bottle) before removing gas cylinder from BBQ grill. To remove regulator from gas cylinder valve, the first step is to firmly close the valve before you remove regulator from gas bottle. Then you can remove the LPG gas bottle (patio gas bottle) from BBQ.

See the following for more detailed instructions.

 

How to Remove Regulator from Gas Cylinder Valve (Remove Regulator from Gas Bottle) & Removing Gas Cylinder from BBQ:

If your BBQ LPG gas bottle is empty, just follow these simple steps to remove regulator from gas bottle and removing gas cylinder from BBQ:

1.  Make sure the Gas Valve Hand Wheel is turned OFF (Clockwise)

2.  To remove regulator from gas cylinder valve (remove regulator from gas bottle), start by turning the Regulator Hand Wheel clockwise (reverse thread).  

Be aware and careful, as a small amount of gas remaining in the gas regulator and hose may be released when you remove regulator from gas cylinder valve (remove regulator from gas bottle).

3.  Removing gas cylinder from BBQ by lifting the empty BBQ gas bottle off of the mounting hook or out of its holder/shelf, depending of your BBQ. 

4.  Take the empty LPG gas bottle (patio gas bottle) to your nearest SWAP'n'GO location to exchange for a full one.

How to remove a gas cylinder valve regulator instructions only apply to BBQ gas bottle with POL fitting

 

Find Your Local SWAP'n'GO Dealer

Click to Find a SWAP'n'GO Dealer¹

¹NOTE: SWAP'n'GO BBQ gas bottle refills (patio gas bottle) are sold by independent dealers who set there own SWAP'n'GO gas bottle prices. Please see SWAP'n'GO gas bottle prices for information on SWAP'n'GO gas bottle prices.

How to Attach LPG Gas Bottle to BBQ - Attaching Your BBQ Gas Bottle

To attach an LPG gas bottle to BBQ you first need to remove any dust or safety plug that may be fitted. You then attach or place the LPG gas bottle in the intended position, insert the BBQ gas regulator and tighten. Remember to always leak test after you attach a BBQ gas bottle (patio gas bottle).

See the following for more detailed instructions.

This is how to attach LPG gas bottle to BBQ, once you have a full replacement BBQ gas bottle :

1.  Attach LPG gas bottle on the BBQ mounting hook or in its holder/shelf, depending on your BBQ or heater.  

The BBQ gas bottle should ALWAYS be kept upright. 

Your LPG gas bottle must NEVER hang by the gas hose.

2.  Remove any dust cover or plug that may be inside or over the female valve opening, where the BBQ gas regulator screws in.  

Please note that, if it is a screwed-in plug, you must turn it clockwise to remove it (reverse thread). 

3.  Inspect the BBQ gas regulator and hose for any damage. 

Some BBQ gas regulators have rubber O-rings on the connector. 

The O-ring should also be undamaged. 

The connector should be clean and dirt free prior to insertion.

4.  Screw the BBQ gas regulator into the valve opening by turning BBQ Gas Regulator Hand Wheel anti-clockwise (reverse thread). 

Tighten well by hand only. 

Make sure the gas hose is not kinked. 

5.  Without turning on the BBQ, open the Gas Valve Hand Wheel to turn on the gas (anti-clockwise). 

Spray the entire BBQ gas regulator, valve and gas hose with soapy water to check for any possible leaks. 

You will see bubbles or smell gas if there is a leak. 

If you have a leak, you should immediately turn the gas off (clockwise) and fix or replace the leaking component.

For more detailed instructions, please see BBQ Gas Leak Test

6.  Assuming you have no leaks, you are ready to use your BBQ or patio heater. 

Turning the BBQ gas bottle ON a couple of turns is sufficient. 

You should not turn it hard to the open stop.

7.  Remember, when you are finished with your BBQ or patio heater, you should always turn off the gas at the BBQ gas bottle (patio gas bottle) first.

Close firmly by hand only.

NOTE: These instructions only apply to LPG gas bottles with POL fitting

How Long Will a 9kg Gas Bottle Last

A 9kg gas bottle will last about 7 to 8 days cooking a meal a day on a 4 burner BBQ grill, assuming a one hour cook time per meal. A 9kg gas bottle (patio gas) will last about 29 hours, when cooking with a small 2 burner compact BBQ used on high. It will last even longer on lower settings or if only one burner is turned on.

 

Please also see our BBQ FAQs for more BBQ gas information

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How to Remove Regulator from Gas Cylinder & Replace
Inserting BBQ Gas Regulator
 
 Do not hang a BBQ gas bottle by the regulator hose!
Do not hang from hose
 
Test for leaks with the soapy water test
Check for leaks with soapy water
 

NOTE: The aforementioned instructions are applicable to POL fittings, as used in Australia. 

If you live in another country, your BBQ gas bottle (patio gas bottle) may be fitted with a different type of valve and these instructions would not be applicable to you.