How Long Will My Propane Last between Fill Ups?

Propane gas burning

If you recently purchased or converted to a propane-powered home – or don’t have much experience running your propane appliances year-round – you may wonder how often you can expect to refill your propane tank.

To get an idea of how often you will likely need a propane delivery, you will need to know:

  • The size of your propane tank (typically 250 to 1000 gallons, depending on the size of your home and the number of appliances you have);
  • The number, types, and sizes of your propane appliances;
  • The amount of energy produced by each gallon of propane as it is burned (about 91,500 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour); and
  • How much fuel each of your appliances consumes in typical use (we will take a look at that below).

Estimated average propane use for common appliances

The amount of propane your appliances will use depends on many factors – the size of each unit, its efficiency, how well it has been serviced, how well sized it is for your living space, and whether or not it was properly installed, to name a few.

But the following table should give you at least a rough idea of how much each appliance uses to do its job:

  • Pool Heater – 425,000 BTU (~ 4 gallons) /hour
  • HVAC Furnace – 100,000 to 200,000 BTU (~1 to 2 gallons)/hour
  • Fireplace with ceramic logs – 26,000 BTU/hour (1 gallon / 3 hours)
  • Gas cooktop/range – 65,000 BTU/hour (5 to 10 gallons / month)
  • Gas clothes dryer – 35,000 BTU/hr (< 1 gallon/ day)

If you want further help estimating how much propane your new home will use – or whether or not your propane tank is right-sized for the appliances you have – contact us. We’ll take a look at your tank and home set-up to make sure you’re getting the best value possible for your money.

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