Tanknanny -

Transport Propane Tanks Safely

Safe Passage for Propane

The trip from the store to your house with a freshly filled tank of propane can be unnerving. You imagine all kinds possible emergencies; you just want to get home with that tank. In 2008, federal fire codes started requiring that 20-pound propane tanks transported in passenger vehicles be placed in an upright and secure position. Liz Meagher, a producer at Fox25 Morning News in Boston, told us about a new device that’s designed to do just that.

It’s called Tanknanny, and it’s essentially a car seat for your propane
tank. Tanknanny can be secured in place with a seat belt or just placed in back. It prevents tanks from rolling or tipping and also keeps rust and grease away from your upholstery. Tanknanny was invented by Earl Cogswell Jr. and his daughters Jenn (left) and Jess who started brainstorming one day on a paper napkin. Earl and his daughters (one works in aircraft engineering and the other is a Web designer) saw the design through from that first conceptual sketch to a perfectly engineered holder for your propane tank.

Tanknanny is made from recycled plastic, and as an added bonus, it will hold your grocery bags or takeout food in place when you’re not transporting propane. No more broken eggs or spilled milk!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kate

    Earl Cogswell and his family are vacationing this week (lucky ducks!), and they told me before they left how excited they are to have the Tanknanny featured on Daily Grommet today! This project has been a labor of love for Earl and his daughters, Jenn and Jess, who have worked together over the past three years to bring to you this terrific product that solves the problem of transporting propane with greater peace of mind. Patti, Katherine and I will be around today to answer any questions.

  • Vicki Richards
    Vicki Richards
    1/18/2012 10:14 PM

    No offense, but today's supposed to be about home 'safety'. I'm a full-time RVer who uses 30# tanks that I have to transport to be filled. I would NEVER carry my propane tanks inside a vehicle. Propane can be lethal, and if there was even a minute leak from a not-fully-closed tank, you would be putting the driver and passengers in peril.

    The holder is a great idea - but carry it in the bed of a pickup truck and find a way to secure it there.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    1/19/2012 12:01 AM

    @Vicki Richards: For people who do transport their tanks inside their vehicles, Tanknanny is a great safety solution. This could definitely also be secured in a trunk or bed of a pickup as well.

  • Vicki Richards
    Vicki Richards
    1/19/2012 10:03 PM

    Tori, I don't believe you said that 'Tanknanny is a great safety solution . . . for people who do transport their tanks inside their vehicles'. Did you not read my response? Never, I repeat, NEVER encourage anyone to carry a propane tank INSIDE their vehicle. It is dangerous, no matter how well upright the tank is supported. You are young enough to be one of my children - I speak from more than 6 decades of seeing unsettling events regarding propane. Carrying the tank inside a vehicle is about the most absurd. I'm sorry. I value life and health over irresponsibility.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    1/20/2012 12:00 AM

    @Vicki Richards: We appreciate you stopping by to share your experience in this area. It sounds like you've been witness to some very serious situations.

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