How To Choose the Right Propane Tank

Compare Common Propane Storage Tank Sizes

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Whether you’re converting your home’s heating from electricity to propane or installing new propane-powered appliances, the team at Poore’s Propane and Oil can help you find a tank that fits your home and family’s needs.

In the meantime, here’s an explanation of the factors we take into consideration and which tank sizes we carry.

What Factors Determine the Propane Tank You Need?

Many factors can affect the size of the propane tank that you need, like:

  • The square footage of your home
  • How many propane appliances are in your home
  • The number of people that live in your house
  • Average age of the people in your house (since infants and older folks generally need higher temperatures)

There are other considerations for our customers in central Delmarva and eastern Pennsylvania. We account for the frigid winters we experience, which cause homes to burn more fuel than they would in other parts of the country. Additionally, we consider whether our clients have a pool or spa heater, which uses a lot of propane on its own.

Common Propane Tank Sizes

It’s worth noting that the total capacity of a tank is not the same as the propane it will hold. Because propane expands and contracts, tanks are only ever filled to about 80 percent. Here are some standard tank sizes and what systems and products they serve.

Tank Size Purpose
20-pound tank This is the classic cylinder used in grills, outdoor heaters and other smaller appliances.
33-pound tank These cylinders are commonly used for commercial forklifts.
420-pound tank Holding around 96 gallons of propane, this can power one or two appliances, like gas ranges, clothes dryers, or gas logs.
250-gallon tank This tank holds about 200 gallons of propane. It can fuel the heating system of a smaller home with one or two appliances.
500-gallon tank This tank holds 400 gallons of propane. It can serve a 1,500-square-foot home with several propane appliances.
1,000-gallon tank This tank can hold 800 gallons of propane. It’s primarily used for commercial purposes. Some large homes with multiple propane appliances also require this size tank.

Are you thinking about making the change to propane? We can help! Contact us today to learn more or to begin service.

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