Getting Familiar With Propane Tank Options

What Size Propane Tank Do You Need?

propane tanks tennesseeIf you are looking to add propane to your home, Advanced Propane provides complete propane tank services right here in Tennessee.

We install both aboveground and underground propane tanks in a wide array of sizes. If you choose an underground propane tank, we offer backhoe services and will ensure that your propane tank is installed properly and safely. And our affordable propane tank leasing program makes having your propane tank work- and worry-free!

If you’re new to using propane in your home, we’ve put together a primer on propane tanks and all the important parts and pieces you should be familiar with:

What Are Some of the Most Common Parts of a Propane Tank?

Propane tanks are relatively straightforward in their design. Most of the components are situated right on top of the tank itself. They include:

Liquid withdrawal valve. This valve allows the propane tank to be emptied before it is transported or serviced.

Vapor return valve. This connection is used when you get a propane delivery to remove excess tank pressure.

Float gauge. As its name implies, the float gauge floats on top of the liquid propane inside the tank to give a measurement of how much propane is in there.

Fixed level gauge. The fixed level gauge is a tube that lets your propane delivery driver know when your tank is filled to its proper 80% level.

Service valve. This is at the bottom of your tank. It is where the propane is converted to vapor and sent into your home to your propane appliances.

Fill valve. The fill valve is the hose fitting that your delivery driver uses to fill your propane tank. It has gaskets and caps that are there to prevent gas from escaping as well as keep debris from getting into the tank.

Safety relief valve. Sometimes, pressure may build up inside your propane tank. If it reaches an unsafe level, the safety relief valve automatically pops open to release the excess pressure and prevent the tank from bursting.

Speaking of pressure, if you have an aboveground tank, you’ll notice it to likely be painted white. There’s a reason for that! The liquid propane expands in your tank at a rate 17 times greater than water. The lighter color of the tank reflects heat away from the tank, keeping the liquid propane inside at a safe level. Dark colors absorb heat, which can cause the propane to expand to dangerous levels.

That expansion is why your propane tank is filled to 80% capacity. That extra space allows the propane to expand safely under normal circumstances.

What are the Most Common Propane Tank Sizes?

120-gallon propane tank: This capacity is perfect for you if you only use propane in one or two appliances, such as a range or fireplace.

150-gallon propane tank: Do you use one or two low-BTU propane appliances like a range or water heater? This size tank would likely work for you.
250-gallon propane tank: This tank may suffice for whole-house heating for 1,500sq.ft. homes and smaller, but it is most sufficient for three or more propane appliances, such as water heaters, gas logs, and wall or space heaters.

500-gallon propane tank: If you use propane to heat your home, this is the tank size you will likely need.

1,000-gallon (or larger) propane tank: Although this size of tank is mostly utilized in commercial and industrial applications, it may be found in large houses that rely on propane for heating as well as other purposes such as cooking, water heating, and pool or spa heating.

Contact Advanced Propane and we’ll take care of everything you need to enjoy the versatility and convenience that propane has to offer.