Q: I’ve never used anything like this with my propane grill before. Is it really necessary?
A: The propane industry recommends that when propane grills or other portable propane appliances are not in use for extended periods of time, as in the “winter” season, propane cylinders should be stored outdoors – not in an enclosed shed or garage. But while disconnected, the couplings on propane tanks and appliances are more vulnerable to corrosion, dirt build-up and insect infestation, and should be protected.
Q: How do I know if I have a “Type 1” coupling?
A. The Type 1 coupling is depicted on this website, and screws over the Acme outlet thread of all 20-40 pound propane cylinders. It is part of a Quick Closing Coupling (QCC-1) safety system, which became mandatory more than ten years ago. The QCC-1 was introduced at the same time as the Overflow Protection Device (OPD) found inside every 20-40 pound cylinder today.
Q: My TA-1 came with a 3M adhesive pad mounting option. Do I need to prepare my surface before using the adhesive pad?
A: Yes. If the surface to which you want to mount the TA-1 is not flat and free from dust and dirt, you will want to prepare the surface with a 3M de-greasing pad or similar product. Visit the 3M website if you are still unsure.
Q: How can brass corrode?
A: Brass is copper with some zinc added. Zinc reacts with sea air and will leave the surface dull and pitted. This is a process called “de-zincification” and is a common problem in boats.
Q: What is IP68K?
A: This is the standard for water ingress under an aggressive high-pressure hose-down. When hosing down equipment, make sure the hose isn’t directed at the tiny vent hole on the regulator, and wipe excess moisture away afterwards.
Q: How do I determine which Tank-Away product is right for me?
A: All Tank-Away products protect the hose end Type 1 coupling and come complete with a cylinder cap to protect your propane tank connection. The TA-4 Plug & Cap system is just fine for general backyard use. Boaters should choose the TA-1 system, as it holds the coupling securely and meets the industry standard for high-pressure hose-down. If you enjoy tailgating or regularly take your equipment on camping trips you may want to consider the benefits of the TA-1 or TA-2.