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What Size Propane Tank Do I Need?

What size propane tank do you need?

The proper tank size for you will depend on answers to several questions; your local propane representaive can work with you to determine the best size for your home and needs.

Here are a few things that will be helpful for you to know regarding determining the correct propane tank size:


The most common residential propane tank sizes are 125, 250, 500, and 1000 gallons. The tank size is indicative of the water capacity of the tank; because propane is under pressure, the tanks are filled with propane up to the 80% level. Tanks can be installed above or below ground.


Your propane professional will help you determine the best tank size for your needs. Typical considerations will be the size of your home, how many propane appliances you operate, the total BTU load of your installed propane appliances, and the climate zone that you are located in.


Many homeowners rely on standby generators to provide emergency backup power during times of electrical power outages. Because a standby generator will consume propane more quickly when powering a whole home, the homeowner often prefers to have it hooked up to a dedicated propane tank of its own, rather than sharing the common tank. By giving the generator its own tank, the homeowner can ensure that when the power goes out, the propane tank that the generator is drawing from is full.

If you have recently added additional propane-powered appliances to your home or want to consider adding a dedicated tank for your standby generator, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to consult with your regarding the right size propane tank for you!

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