A couple of years ago I purchased a small Worthington Industries propane tank, which has turned into a great purchase.
Initially I purchased it for camping trips. Since I camp several times a year, I thought it would be a good idea to have a pony cylinder rather than the small, disposable ones most people use. One of these tanks will usually last me a season’s worth of camping and ensures that I never run out of fuel.
The bonus is, having an extra propane cylinder really comes in handy around the house too!
Case in point, my sister’s BBQ grill. A few months back, she ran out of fuel while cooking some ribs for a family meal we were having over at her place. She called me in a panic and I said that I would bring my tank over right away. In a few minutes, she was back to grilling and the dinner was only delayed slightly. There have also been a few times when I started running low on fuel on my grill and swapped out the large tank with the small one.
Preparation is not just for disasters and calamities, being ready can get you out of a tight spot in normal situations too. Having the right tools or extra supplies on-hand makes life easier and minimizes the impact of interruptions. So if you already have a propane cylinder around the house, consider purchasing another, smaller one to have as a back up. It will come in handy more often than you think.
Bonus: Here is a good article on when you should replace your propane tank.