There are many reasons to love a portable propane tank as the source of fuel can be used for a multitude of different applications…but does that mean that you really want to stare at the thing all the time?
If you’re someone who really enjoys using a portable propane tank, you may be looking for a better way to store it.
That’s where this post comes in as we want to talk about a little something called a propane tank storage box.
It’s a rather self-explanatory concept as it’s a storage box…that holds a propane tank.
Gee, who would’ve guessed that would be what it is?
Alright, so even though the idea of it is rather simple, the actual art of creating one from scratch isn’t. In turn, this begs the question, how do you make your own propane tank storage box?
3 safety tips on propane tank storage
Before we answer that question, we feel it’s important to talk about the importance of propane tank storage safety for just a second.
Remember that a propane tank is filled with gas, and that means that it can’t just be stored anywhere you please.
Very quickly, here are a few critical storage tips for anyone and everyone to apply.
1. Always keep propane tanks outdoors
This one’s sort of a given, but it’s still worth mentioning.
Never, and we mean never, store a propane tank indoors.
Additionally, it’s advised to keep them out of enclosed areas where you have access to (such as basements, sheds, and garages).
2. Store them upright
For safety reasons, it’s always best to store your propane tank vertically upright.
Liquid can potentially be allowed to escape if a tank is stored on its side.
3. Keep them in a cool location
This is really an issue during the summer when the temperature outdoors peaks.
Most experts will claim to keep propane tanks in temperatures no greater than 120 degrees. So, during the summer, keep them suckers out of the sun.
There are certainly more that we could detail, but those are some of the more critical ones.
Oh, one last thing, keep propane tanks away from flames.
For the cause of everyone!
4 ways to make your own propane tank storage box
Now that we finally got all that boring (yet very important) stuff out of the way, it’s time to have some good, old-fashioned fun.
Well, you know, if you’re into DIY-type stuff.
Then again, if you’ve clicked on this article today, we’re guessing that you enjoy indulging in DIY work out in your shed or garage.
We did some research for this and what we found is that there truly are several different options at your disposal.
What we want to do is share some of the best ideas and projects that we found of people making their very own propane tank storage boxes.
On top of providing you with a detailed array of options, you’ll also be able to learn straight from each horse’s mouth.
In the words of the immortal Conan, “enough talk.” Sorry, one more thing.
It’s not as if the options listed below are the only options out there.
There are many more and, quite frankly, you can even tailor certain ideas to better suit your needs. Anyway, now we can say the infamous line. Enough talk.
1. Build a table
Wait a second. How is a table the same as a propane tank storage box?
We wanted to include this one as it’s easy to build, multi-functional, and just plain cool.
Indeed, this is a table, but it really has the same concept as a box.
Additionally, you could even add a fourth wall to this table and turn it into a box.
However, in doing so, you’d have to lift up the box every time you wanted access to the propane tank.
Anyway, we found this one on Pinterest (which is pretty much the go-to site for projects of this nature).
The instructions provided by the brains behind it are solid enough. Yet, you’ll want to have a decent grasp of construction to fully understand what’s going on here.
2. Build a wood pallet box
Pallet wood is one of the most popular materials for DIY projects, and it can fit the bill quite nicely when making your own propane tank storage box.
On top of being quite unique, pallet wood tends to gain a natural patina from being exposed to the elements.
Oh, yeah, and it’s also fairly easy to get your hands on. There are even some small businesses that will just give them away (though it’s always best to double-check).
So, with this one, there aren’t detailed instructions.
However, if you somewhat know your way around the garage, you should be able to build this. Note that the picture of this box is actually a corner piece.
If you wanted to, you could easily add two additional sides to make this a full box.
As with the last option, though, this would require you to physically lift the box up to gain access to the propane tank.
3. Check out this video
There are many people out there who just learn better with physical illustrations.
Some can see all the detailed instructions in the world, and it still won’t make a difference. Yet, as soon as you show them a picture or a video, it just clicks.
With that in mind, we wanted to share this video that we found:
The people in this tutorial video show how to install and build a sealed propane box in their van. This same concept could also be applied to someone living in an RV, quite frankly.
4. Buying online
So…is this cheating?
We know, this is supposed to be an article detailing how to make your own propane tank storage box. Yet, let’s face it, you may not have the time, tools, resources, or patience to make your own.
Thankfully, there are a plethora of fantastic options online. Sure, you’d more than likely end up saving money by making your own, but it might just be easier to buy one online. Again, the options are aplenty.
This was truly just a glimpse of what can be pulled off.
Creativity is one of the most powerful forces in the world, and it’s truly remarkable to see some of the things that people think of.
For all of you propane lovers out there, we have a couple of additional thoughts for you.
One, have you ever wondered how many gallons of propane are actually in a 100-pound tank?
Two, do you know how much a gallon of propane weighs?
Just a little food for thought there.
Now, go get to work on making that amazing propane tank storage box!