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What are the Different Sizes of Propane Tanks?

Date: July 8, 2019

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When it comes to choosing a propane tank for your Arizona home, one-size-fits-all is not an option.

You have several choices, and your local Arizona propane supplier will help you make the right choice. Here are the options available.

20 pound propane tank

This is the size used in gas grills and patio heaters. If you only have a propane fireplace or hearth you use occasionally, this is an option as you can store multiple tanks outside (NEVER indoors!) for backup and you can easily refill or exchange 20 pound tanks at a propane retailer.

100 pound propane tank

These tanks are a step up from 20 pound propane tanks, and can be filled onsite. Here are some reasons to choose a 100 pound propane tank:

  • You have an indoor fireplace but don’t want to travel to exchange propane tanks frequently
  • Your only propane appliance is a gas range or cooktop with wall ovens

420 pound propane tank/100 gallon propane tank

Depending on your propane provider, this tank is called either a 420 pound propane tank or a 100 gallon propane tank. If you only have two or three propane appliances like a water heater, fireplace, clothes dryer or stove, this tank could be right for you.

150 gallon propane tank

This size propane tank is used for low BTU appliances and smaller demand uses like water heating and cooking. It can also power propane space heaters and wall heaters. But it is not enough for whole house heating.

250 gallon propane tank

If you have more than three propane appliances such as a fireplace, clothes dryer, water heater and stove, this may be a good size. It can also be used for whole house heating depending on your square footage. Your Arizona propane supplier can help you calculate your propane needs.

500 gallon propane tank

If you heat your home with propane as well as run your stove, fireplace, water heater and clothes dryer, you’ll need a larger propane tank.

1000 gallon propane tank

This size (almost 16 feet long) is often used in commercial applications. But if you have a large home, use a lot of propane appliances and heat your pool with a propane pool heater, you may need to go big.

What size propane tank is right for me?

Your local Arizona propane provider has the knowledge and experience to help you select the right size propane tank for your home.

With a propane tank for a home, deciding on the correct size is pretty simple, although there are some variables. Your Arizona propane supplier has knowledge of winter weather in your part of Arizona, so they’ll know what your propane heating needs are. Here are some of the other factors they will take into consideration:

  • The square footage of your home
  • What propane appliances you have in your home, such as heating, water heating, cooktop, stove, ovens or clothes dryer
  • The total BTUs of all of your propane appliances
  • Whether you have a pool heater, as they are high BTU appliances

If you are concerned about price spikes in the propane market, you could get a larger propane tank. It also means you will require fewer deliveries. Your Arizona propane supplier can help you decide if that’s the right choice for you.

Depending on the size of your propane tank, you can also choose whether you want an above-ground propane tank or an underground propane tank.

Ready to add propane to your home and need a propane tank? Contact your local Arizona propane supplier today!