Propane is a gas commonly used with propane grills, which are an alternative to charcoal grills and electric grills. Since the propane cylinders contain compressed and highly flammable gas, many fear the danger of the propane cylinders. But many of these fears are based not on reality but on myth.
Propane cylinders are often considered more dangerous than other sources of fuel because the gas is compressed, according to Smelly Brain. However, propane cylinders are safe as long as they are stored properly. The cylinders should not be stored indoors in a damp area where there could be extreme temperatures.
Propane cylinders are not easy to rupture. It would actually require very difficult and time-consuming tasks to get a propane tank to explode on purpose, according to Propane 101. Propane cylinders are made out of material that is very sturdy and not easy to break. Also, propane cylinders have relief valves that allow the tanks to vent out gas. These tanks must pass rigorous safety inspection to be released to the marketplace, according to the Outdoor Patio Furniture Blog.
The intensity at which propane tanks release flame can often frighten grillers, and many envision their propane tanks burning their homes down, according to Woo Knoo. However, propane cylinders have safety valves designed to prevent too much gas from being released. Propane cylinders are mostly not dangerous as long as they are not used when smoking and as long as the owner does not try to repair the propane cylinder if there is a leak, since these cylinders should only be repaired by trained professionals.
Some fear that grilling in the garage with a propane cylinder is dangerous because the grill can burn the garage down, according to Woo Knoo. However, the propane cylinder is even more dangerous to use in the garage because the fumes that can build up in the garage can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Propane cylinders do not contain pure propane. Propane cylinders contain a mixture of propane and propylene. Some also think that propane is only a liquid or a gas, but propane is actually a mixture of liquid and gas, according to UnitOOPS Software. Some individuals also think that the propane is cold. But when there is a propane leak, the cold gases released by the cylinder is actually ICE.