In general, it is not recommended to store propane tanks on their side. Propane tanks are designed to be stored in an upright position, with the valve at the top and the opening at the bottom. This is because propane is a liquefied gas, and the pressure inside the tank is what keeps the liquid in its proper place. When the tank is stored upright, the pressure inside the tank helps to keep the liquid propane at the bottom of the tank, where it can be easily drawn out through the valve.
If a propane tank is stored on its side, the pressure inside the tank may not be sufficient to keep the liquid propane at the bottom of the tank. This can cause the liquid propane to move around inside the tank and potentially block the valve, making it difficult or impossible to use the tank. In addition, storing a propane tank on its side can also increase the risk of damage to the tank and the valve, which can lead to leaks or other safety hazards.
It is important to store propane tanks in a safe and secure location, away from heat sources and flames, and to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage. If you have any concerns about the proper storage of your propane tank, you should contact the manufacturer or a qualified professional for advice.
Propane tanks can be stored horizontally. But anyone who wants to do this must ensure that the safety relief valve is above the liquid level of the tank if stored on their side. Not doing so can lead to valve and tank damage.
When storing propane tanks on their side, it is important to be aware of the potential for leaks and the fast accumulation of fumes in the storage area. If a leak does occur, it is important to have proper ventilation in the area to disperse the fumes. Additionally, it is important to monitor the level of propane in the tank so that it does not get too low and cause the tank to become unstable.