Buying or renting residential propane tanks is a situation many homeowners find themselves eventually. But understanding the right type to get can be a challenge for some.
Residential propane tanks come in various sizes and capacities, and each type has different uses. To help you understand which propane tanks get used for which purposes, here’s a guide to the various types of residential propane tanks and their common uses.
20lb Propane Tanks: A 20lb propane tank is approximately 1.5-foot tall and 1-foot in diameter. They hold a little less than five gallons of propane when full and can be used for things such as home grills and patio heaters. GasTec does not fill this type of tank on site (but we do have a ‘walk-in’ propane refilling service at our Ivyland facility)
100lb Propane Tanks: A 100lb pound tank is approximately 4-foot tall and 1.5-foot in diameter. These types of residential propane tanks will hold a little less than 25 gallons of propane when full and can be used for things such as home fireplaces, dryers and grills. These tanks are small enough to fit in many places larger tanks can’t and they’re also light enough for GasTec to offer an exchange service for residential use. These tanks are not made with a gauge that tells you how much propane you have remaining. That is why it is recommended to have two set up and connected by an automatic change-over regulator that will change from green to red when the first tank runs out.
420lb Propane Tanks: A 420lb tank is approximately 4-foot tall and 3-foot in diameter. These tanks can hold 100 gallons of propane when filled to 80-percent capacity. They can be used for things such as home heating, hot water, dryers, fireplaces, generators, and pool heaters. There are restrictions on the placement of these tanks, including not having more than four of them hooked up side-by-side.
500-gallon Propane Tanks: A 500-gallon propane tank is about 3.5-foot tall and wide by 10-foot long. These tanks hold 400 gallons when 80-percent full. They can be used for whole home heating systems, generators, and pool heaters.