How Many Propane Tank Sizes Are There?

Written on: May 27, 2024

There’s a Propane Tank Sized Right for Your Needs

propane tank Outagamie, WI Whether you’re a new homeowner who has never run a home with propane, or you’re thinking of making the switch to propane, if you’re new to propane, you might be surprised by all the different sizes of propane tanks. And if you’ve used portable propane tanks for grilling or camping, you’re probably used to propane measured in pound. So why are larger storage tanks measured in gallons? Of course, the most important question is how do you know what tank is the right size for your needs? The good news is that the expert team at Dale can answer all your questions—and we’ll probably ask you a few—to help you understand all your options and make sure you get the right size propane storage tank for your home or business.

Gallons or Pounds?

Propane, also known as “Liquid Propane Gas” or LPG, is stored in a liquid state under pressure. When dispensing propane into a large tank, it’s much easier to measure the quantity in gallons. But for smaller tanks, weight is an easier measurement. That’s why the portable tanks you use with your grill or RV are measured in pounds, but residential propane tank size is usually given as their water capacity volume in gallons.

Here’s something else that’s good to know: The liquid gas needs room to expand into a vapor in order to flow through your gas lines. That’s why propane tanks are “filled” to 80% of its liquid capacity. For example, a 120-gallon tank holds approximately 100 gallons of propane.

The Right Size Tank

The key to determining the best size tank for you is knowing how you will be using propane. We’ll ask you about whether you will use it just for cooking, or for heating water, heating your home, and more. Another factor, particularly for heating water, is how many people are living in your home. And for heating, the size of your home is a consideration. There are a lot of variables to consider, but we can help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs.

Here’s a general guide to tank size:

Our team has plenty of experience, so we can help you choose the best size tank for your needs. We’ll also help identify the best location for your tank, including whether underground or above ground is best, and make sure it’s installed safely. We’re experts at installing tanks for all kinds of homes and businesses and we’re always happy to answer all your questions, whether you’re new to propane or just need to replace your tank.

Need a Delivery?

Just as important as having the right size tank is knowing that you have reliable propane delivery service to ensure you always have propane. Find out why customers across northeastern Wisconsin choose Dale Gas for prompt, safe, and courteous heating and cooling services as well as propane and heating oil delivery for their homes and businesses. Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.