Propane Tanks 101

Written on: October 31, 2022

Dale Gas & Oil has the right propane tank for you!

propane tank installation wisconsin If you have never used propane in your home and are considering converting your home to propane, or are moving to a home that uses propane, you’re in for something good!

Your home will have outstanding efficiency, comfort, and amenities. Here are some of the things you can look forward to:

You can enjoy all of this and more with Dale Gas & Oil’s complete propane services! We provide dependable propane delivery with the options of our Autofill automatic delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring. We also give you safe, expert propane tank installation and affordable propane tank leasing.

If you are wondering what propane tank size you need, Dale has propane tanks in a complete range of sizes.

120-gallon tank. If you only use propane for cooking, a fireplace, or a clothes dryer, this size tank will suffice.

330-gallon tank. This size tank is for homes with multiple propane appliances such as a water heater, range, fireplace, and clothes dryer. It is also the right size for a propane whole-house backup generator. It is not large enough for whole-house heating.

500-gallon tank. If you heat your home with propane, you will need this tank size.

1,000-gallon tank. Most often, these tanks are used in commercial and industrial applications. They can, however, be used for larger homes that use several high-BTU propane appliances such as whole-house heating and pool and spa heating.

What is inside a propane tank?

Propane is inside your propane tank! However, it isn’t the gas that comes into your home. That’s because propane must first be compressed into a liquid before it can enter your tank. The propane is pressurized and then stored below its boiling point of -44°F, where it will remain a liquid until you are ready to use it.

The propane in your tank is turned into gas by opening the valve, which lowers the internal pressure and exposes the propane to outside temperatures. The liquid propane (LPG) turns into a vapor, providing power to all of the propane appliances in your home.

On its own, propane has no color or odor. An odorant is added during processing to make propane leaks detectable. The smell of the odorant is commonly described as being like rotten eggs.

What are the parts of a propane tank?

Did you know that it’s crucial to know how to shut off the propane supply to your home in case of a leak or during severe weather? We’ll be happy to teach you.

Although a white or beige propane tank may not be the most attractive addition to your yard, there is a reason behind that color choice and why you should never paint it a darker color to help it blend in with the landscaping.

One of the more common causes of pressure buildup inside a propane tank is heat. Liquid propane expands in your tank at a rate 17times greater than water. A white tank reflects heat, keeping the liquid propane safe from excessive pressure levels. Dark colors absorb heat and can cause dangerous expansion of the liquid propane.

Become a Dale Gas & Oil customer for the best propane service in Northeastern Wisconsin!