From fuelling a BBQ to keeping your fire pit alight, gas cylinders are a summer garden essential. However, when the weather begins to take an autumnal turn, it’s time to start thinking about gas cylinder storage. And most importantly, how to maintain your canister in the run up to the colder months.  Check out this handy guide to find out how to winterise your gas cylinder – with a little help from WD-40®.

Before Gas Cylinder Storage Clean Your Cylinder

The first step to preparing your gas cylinder for winter storage is cleaning it up. When left in a damp place such as a shed, dirt, debris or moisture can lead to rusting and damage over time. To avoid this, you should ensure your cylinder is clean and dry before storing.

To take care of your gas cylinder before storage, clean your cylinder by spraying it with a hose. Next, using a sponge and some warm soapy water, work away at any built up areas in circular motions. For areas that have stubborn soiling, you may need to grab a densely bristled brush for a tougher clean. You should also take care to detangle and clean your gas hose, to ensure it does not become nipped or damaged whilst in storage.

Once you are happy with your surface, you can go ahead and get washing. You can do this by washing away any remaining soap suds or debris with your garden hose. Allow the canister to dry fully before you move onto the next step.

How To Protect Your Gas Cylinder In Winter

We all know the British weather in the winter months can be brutal, so it is important to ensure your gas cylinder is well protected.

To give your cylinder an added layer of protection, you can use your handy bottle of WD-40® Multi-Use product. When your canister has fully dried after cleaning, apply a liberal spray of your trusty product. Spray to the entire exterior surface and buff in using a soft microfibre cloth. The WD-40® formula will create an invisible barrier that is water and dust repellent. Wipe away any remaining residue, and reveal a clean, well-protected surface ready for winter storage!

How To Store Your Gas Cylinder Safely

Now that your cylinder is ready for storage, you should make sure the area you are planning to keep it stored is safe and secure. Keeping your gas cylinder in an enclosed space, such as a shed or outhouse, is the best option.

In the space you choose, for your own safety, you should ensure that:

  • The cylinder is kept away from heat sources.
  • The area is not accessible to children, pets, or wildlife.
  • The cylinder is not in direct sunlight.
  • The cylinder is not stored in a basement, garage or cellar – these areas are in close proximity to living quarters, and therefore pose a safety risk if the cylinder were to explode.

Once you have found an appropriate space to store your cylinder, complete a sweep of the area to check for sharp objects and heat sources. These can cause detrimental damage to your cylinder, which in turn could pose a wider threat to your safety.

Your cylinder should always be stored upright, on a flat surface. If there is any chance that the cylinder may fall over or roll, you should choose a different area, as this may damage the valve and create a gas leak.

You should ensure the gas valve is securely closed, even if you believe the cylinder is empty. Leaving the valve even slightly open risks a gas leak, which could lead to dangerous issues.

Finally, store your gas hose by rolling it securely and tying it using a zip-tie. This will make sure there are no nips, snags, or tangles when you come to use the hose next.

So, there you have it. A clean, protected and safely stored gas cylinder – ready to hibernate until next summer! We hope you found this article useful. If you would like to find out more ways WD-40® can help you around your home and garden, check out our blog page here. You’ll be able to find out how to protect your metal furniture and clean your BBQ in time for next summer!