The Basics Of Choosing And Installing Propane Tanks

Posted on: 6 February 2020

If you've decided to convert your home's heating system to a propane-fueled system, you'll need to have a propane tank delivered for appropriate storage. However, delivering the propane tank isn't as simple as just dropping it on your property and running lines. There are some unique considerations that go into the whole process of propane tank installation. Here are some of the things that you'll need to think about and discuss with your installation contractor.

The Size Of The Tank Matters

There is no single standard for the placement of your propane tank. In fact, the regulations vary based on the size of the tank in question. That means you need to decide what size tank you need before you can settle on where you're going to install it.

Think about the size of your property and the demand that you'll have on the propane storage. That way, you can be sure that you have a tank large enough to meet your needs without worry about something that's too large and cumbersome for your property.

A 100-pound tank is ideal for supplying propane to a single fixture, such as for your stove or fireplace. For more propane demand but inconsistent use, such as with a backup generator or something similar, you'll want to invest in a 100-gallon tank for adequate propane storage. If you're using the propane to heat a traditional home, you'll want a 500-gallon propane tank, while a large home's heating system may need more storage capacity, such as a 1,000-gallon tank.

The Location Of The Tank Is Important

The installation requirements get more strict as the tanks get larger. If you're installing a 100-pound tank, you only need to be sure that the tank is a few feet away from any doorways and about five feet from any potential ignition source.

With a 100-gallon tank, you'll need to increase those distances. You need at least five feet from the tank to the doors, and double that from the tank to any ignition source. You can install several of these tanks on your property together when needed.

If you are installing a 500-gallon tank or larger, it must be at least ten feet from the property lines, the entryways, and any possible ignition sources. Installing more than one of these tanks on your property means going from ten feet to twenty-five feet on these distances.

Talk with your propane tank installation contractor today for more information.