Propane is a highly explosive gas that can be used for welding or to provide fuel for gas stoves where there is no centralized gas supply. The most common propane is canned. Each propane tank is sized for different purposes. Some are used for standard home heating, some are used for dual purposes, and some are used for home heating propane. Underground storage tanks may be larger.
The 1 pound propane tank is a small propane tank that is perfect for camping stoves and portable barbecues, etc., and you can find it in most hardware stores. A 20-pound propane tank is the most commonly used propane tank, and it is a standard size for grills, mosquito magnets, turkey fryers, and small space heaters.
Do you know what size propane tank you need for different activities? The following article will introduce some of the commonly available propane tank sizes, from the smallest portable propane tank to the largest commercial, industrial, and agricultural propane tanks.
Propane Tank Size Guide
Whether you use a propane tank for indoor or outdoor equipment, furnace heating, backup power generation, or large-scale commercial applications, you need to understand how to choose the tank size that meets your needs. The size of your propane tank will depend on the size of your home as well as the number and size of appliances using propane. Your geographical location and local climate can also play a role in choosing your propane tank size.
Propane Tank Size Chart
Check the propane tank size chart below for more information on propane tank sizes. It should be noted that the propane tank can only be filled to 80%.
|Propane Tank Specification||Size||Net Weight||Common Uses|
|20 Pound Tanks||1' 6" in height, 1' in diameter||4.6 gallons of propane||Home barbecues, mosquito catchers, patio heaters|
|120 Gallon Tanks||7'1" in height, 25" in diameter||96 gallons of propane||Home heating, hot water, fireplaces, generators, pool heat, commercial cooking, dry cleaning|
|150 Gallon Tanks||4'6" in height, 30" in diameter||120 gallons of propane||Home heating, hot water, fireplaces, clothes dryer, and stove|
|250 Gallon Tanks||7'10" in height, 30" in diameter||200 gallons of propane||Home heating, hot water, clothes dryer, fireplace, and stove|
|325 Gallon Tanks||10' in height, 30" in diameter||260 gallons of propane||Home heating, hot water, fireplaces, generators, pool heat, backup generators|
|500 Gallon Tanks||9' 11" in height, 37.5" in diameter||400 gallons of propane||Whole-home systems, home heating, generators, pool heat, commercial cooking, dry cleaning|
|1000 Gallon Tanks||16' 2" in height and 41" in diameter||800 gallons of propane||Whole-home systems, home heating, generators, pool heat, commercial cooking, dry cleaning, crop drying, and temporary heating.|
Different propane tank manufacturers have different specifications and size standards, but their sizes are usually comparable. The following are the dimensions of common domestic and commercial propane tanks in the United States.
- 20 lbs Propane Tank: It is the most common size for a propane gas grill or other modest residential energy needs, like a fireplace. 20 lb. tanks are not used for home heating or anything else that is large, but the benefit is that you can purchase several tanks to have on hand for backup.
- 120 Gallon Propane Tank: The smaller sized tank is commonly used for small demand applications.
- 150 Gallon Tank: It is used for smaller demand applications such as cooking and water heating.
- 250 Gallon Tank: This size is available in above ground and below ground tank types and can be used for the whole house and structure heating depending on square footage.
- 325 Gallon Tank: It is a compromise between the 250-gallon and 500-gallon tank.
- 500 Gallon Tank: It is the most common size propane tank for residential propane use. It is often used for home heating, the generator powering, cooking, pool heating, and more. You can also choose above-ground or underground tank installation for 500-gallon tanks.
- 1000 Gallon Tank: 1,000-gallon tanks are also popular for agricultural uses. However, because this tank is so large, you should not buy it unless your home is at least 4,500 square feet.
Other common propane tank sizes: 30 lb tank is 24" long and 12.5" in diameter, 33lb is 26.75" in height and 12.5" in diameter, 40lb tank is 29" long and 12.5" in diameter, 43lb tank is 33.3" long and 12.2" in diameter.
How To Install the Right Propane Tank
Every year, countless people install residential propane tanks of the wrong size in their homes, which wastes a lot of money and creates potential safety hazards. Choosing the right size propane tank is the critical starting point for installation. It is also important to re-evaluate your propane usage regularly and ensure that your tank size meets your needs. You could place the propane tank above ground or underground.
Above Ground Propane Tank:
- It is built to endure harsh weather and elements.
- Easy to maintain and service
- Doesn’t require digging into your yard.
Underground Propane Tank:
- An underground propane tank does not take up valuable space in your yard.
- The quick installation process, done by a Ferrellgas expert.
- Underground propane tanks can better deal with low temperatures and extreme temperatures than above-ground tanks.
Keep in mind that the more items in your home fueled by propane, the more likely it is you will need a larger propane tank, and there are the stricter the local safety and installation regulations for the bigger tank. All propane tanks should be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home, with larger tanks installed even further away.