What kind of propane tank do I need?

Large propane tank

Choosing a propane tank is one of the first decisions you will have to make for your propane powered home – but it’s also one of the most important. To make the options a little more clear for you, here is a propane tank primer.

Propane tank types

Aboveground propane tanks come in two basic types: horizontal tanks and vertical cylinders. The type that works best will depend on how you intend to use your propane appliances and propane equipment.

  • Horizontal propane tanks – Horizontal propane tanks are large, high-capacity containers typically used where propane is the main source of heat. Their increased storage capacity reduces the need for winter propane deliveries, which can help in areas where weather is unpredictable.
  • Vertical propane cylinders – Vertical propane cylinders are generally smaller, which means that they can be placed out of sight against a building or near a property line. Portable propane cylinders are also available.

Propane tank sizes

Above ground propane tanks come in sizes ranging from 120 to 1000+ gallons; smaller portable propane tanks are also available. Some common propane tank sizes are:

  • 20-, 30-, 40- and 100-pound portable cylinders – Good for gas grills, heaters, cooking stoves, and RV’s.
  • 120-gallon, 150-gallon or 250-gallon tanks – Good for most propane equipment applications except whole-house heating. Equipment may include stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, space heaters, generators or fireplaces.
  • 325-gallon or 500-gallon tanks – These tanks are generally designed for households using 100–200 gallons a month; a 500-gallon propane tank will be appropriate to heat most houses ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet.
  • 1,000-gallon tanks and larger – These tanks are used for large residential applications (4,500+ square feet) or commercial and industrial applications.

If you’re not sure what type or size of propane tank you need for your New Jersey home, give us a call – whether you want to upgrade and existing tank to avoid too-frequent fill-ups, add a tank for a new home addition, or perform a whole house propane conversion, our experts will help you find a solution that meets your space, lifestyle, and budget needs.

Contact Blue Flame today to learn more about propane tank options for your Southern New Jersey home!