What Size Propane Cylinder Do I Need?

Your Guide For Portable Propane Tanks & Cylinders

propane tank guide new jerseyIf you’ve recently purchased a propane-powered firepit, grill, or other appliance, you might not be sure what type of fuel tank it requires. The same might be true of a newly acquired RV or motorhome.

For portable propane tanks and cylinders, choosing the right size for your needs is crucial. A tank that’s too small will leave you needing constant refills or exchanges. A tank that’s too large might not fit in the space for your appliance. But not to worry—at Blue Flame, we know propane storage! With whole-home tanks, Lil’ Hanks portable cylinders and every size in-between, we keep Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania homes fueled.

Here’s a primer on portable tank and cylinder sizes:

15- and 20-Pound Propane Cylinders

The 20 lb. tank is probably the most common size that you would connect to your propane grill or firepit. Smaller grills might also use a lower-volume 15 lb. tank.

These cylinders aren’t suitable for larger-scale appliances or things like cooking ranges that see daily usage. Their primary appeal is that they’re easily transported and stored—and nearly any refiller can fill them up.

33-Pound Propane Tanks

We do not recommend using a 33 lb. propane tank for residential appliances. This is a specialized size generally used for commercial purposes, like powering forklifts or farm equipment. On occasion, RVs will use this size of cylinder, however.

100-Pound Propane Tanks

One hundred (100) pounds is the upper limit of portable propane tank. One person can transport this size, but it’s often better to have two people carry it together. Here are some common uses of 100 lb. tanks:

  • Individual appliances like cooking ranges and dryers
  • Propane fireplaces
  • RV appliances
  • Sometimes, two 100 lb. tanks can power a pool heater, although this is uncommon

It’s essential to pay attention to the regulations governing the kind of propane tank you can use. This includes state and local guidelines as well as rules set by your homeowners’ association, condo or coop board.

If you need guidance on the proper fuel storage for your propane appliances, the team at Blue Flame is here to help! Get in touch with us today to get started.