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Propane Tanks

propane tanks

20-pound propane tanks

Common Uses: Home barbecues, mosquito catchers, patio heaters.

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 1 and a half foot tall by 1 foot diameter and will hold a little less than 5 gallons of propane when full.

Notes: These tanks are not filled on site.  We offer an exchange service for these cylinders for commercial customers and restaurants. For more local customers, we do offer a walk-in service.

33-pound propane tanks

Common Uses: Forklifts and other autogas-fueled vehicles.  

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 2 feet tall by 1 foot diameter and will hold close to 8 gallons when filled.

Notes: There are a few different type of tanks this size.  The most common is a liquid draw (not the vapor of propane).  These are to be used in a horizontal position, for example, the type of tank that's mounted on the back of a forklift. We offer an exchange and refill service for our commercial customers.  Storage cages are also available for security and safety.

100-pound Propane Tanks

Common Uses: Home fireplaces, cooking, dryers, barbecues, commercial temporary heat on job sites

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 4 feet tall by 1-and-a-half foot in diameter and will hold a little less than 25 gallons when full.

Notes: Due to its relatively small size, these tanks are able to be placed in areas with fewer restrictions when compared to larger tanks.  Since they will hold 100 pounds of propane when full, these tanks are fairly easy to move around, making an exchange service for residential use very convenient. Unfortunately, these tanks are not made with a remaining amount gauge.  For this reason, most common set ups include two tanks with an automatic change-over regulator and indicator between the tanks.  When this indicator changes from green to red (yes, it's that simple), it means the first tank has run out and it's time to place an order for propane.  

Placement Restrictions: The minimum distance from a door or window into building is 3 feet. The minimum distance from source of ignition is 5 feet.

420-pound Propane Tanks

Common Uses: Home heating, hot water, dryers, fireplaces, generators, pool heat.  

Commercial Uses: Heating, commercial cooking, dry cleaning and temporary heating.

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 4 feet tall by 3 feet diameter and will hold 100 gallons when filled to 80 percent capacity.

Notes: These tanks are commonly referred to by a few different names. Such names include "100 gallons,” which refers to the actual number of gallons of propane the tank can hold; "120 gallons," which refers to the total water capacity of the tank; and a "420lb tank,” which refers to the number of pounds of propane the tank will be able to hold when filled to 80 percent.  

Placement Restrictions: The minimum distance from a door or window into building is 5 feet. The minimum distance from a source of ignition is 10 feet. Up to 4 of these tanks are permitted to be placed next to each other, assuming the other restriction clearances are met.

500 Gallon Propane Tanks

Common Uses:  Whole home systems, home heating, generators, pool heat. 

Commercial Uses: Heating, commercial cooking, dry cleaning, crop drying and temporary heating.

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 3-and-a-half-feet tall and wide by 10 feet long and will hold 400 gallons when filled to 80 percent.

Notes:  500 gallon tanks come in either above ground or underground versions. This tank size will be appropriate for most houses ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet. This is the smallest tank size that metered systems for communities or shared commercial buildings will be drawn from.

Placement Restrictions: The minimum distance from a building is 10 feet. The minimum distance from a source of ignition is 10 feet. The minimum distance from a property line is also 10 feet.

1,000 Gallon Propane Tanks

Common Uses: Whole home systems, home heating, generators, pool heat. 

Commercial Uses: Heating, commercial cooking, dry cleaning, crop drying and temporary heating.

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 3 1/2 feet tall/wide by 16 feet long and will hold 800 gallons when filled to 80% capacity.

Notes: 1,000 gallon tanks come in either above ground or underground versions. This tank size is appropriate for most houses ranging from 4,500 square feet and up.  Smaller houses with more appliances may also take advantage of this size too. Metered systems for small communities or small-sized medium-sized shared commercial buildings that will be drawn from will commonly install 1,000 gallon propane tanks as their central propane storage. 

Placement Restrictions: The minimum distance from a building is 10 feet. The minimum distance from a source of ignition  is 10 feet.  The minimum distance from a property line is also 10 feet.  If two of these tanks are placed within 3 feet of each other, the restriction clearances increase to 25 feet.

30,000 Gallon Propane Tanks

Common Uses: Large communities with metered service, commercial facilities, bulk plant storage.

Size and Capacity: This tank is approximately 10 feet tall and wide by 70 feet long and will hold 24,000 gallons when filled to 80 percent capacity.

Notes: 30,000 gallon tanks will most commonly be installed at propane bulk storage facilities or at properties that use a significant amount of propane in short time periods.

Placement Restrictions: This will vary due to township and state regulations.  

 

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