Propane tanks are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 20 pounds to 2,000 gallons. Although, in most households, containers larger than 2,000 gallons are rarely used.
Of course, there are numerous factors to consider when selecting a propane tank, but the size/capacity decision is perhaps the most crucial.
This page explains everything you need to know about propane tank sizes for homes and should assist you in making the best choice.
Propane tank sizes for homes – how big should my propane tank be?
We’ll start by explaining how to size a propane tank for a house for the benefit of newcomers.
Keep in mind that different propane gas tank sizes for homes are meant to serve different purposes (it all boils down to your residential fuel needs).
To be clear, the most important thing to remember is that the following factors will heavily influence the size of your ideal propane tank:
• What is the size of your house? (the size of the house in square footage)
• The number of propane-powered appliances you intend to use.
• The size of the propane-powered appliances that will be used (you need to have an estimate of the total BTUs they can consume).
In other words, having the above information will make it easier for you to make an informed decision when it comes to the size of residential propane tanks.
I should also mention that where you live and the climate in your area are important factors.
For example, it is common knowledge that if you live in a colder climate, you may require a larger tank (for essential applications such as home heating) than those who live in a milder climate.
Propane tank sizes for homes – determining the proper size
Now that you know the basics, let us assist you in determining the most appropriate tank size for your home.
To do so, we’ll go over the different sizes of propane tanks and briefly describe what each one can power.
Sizes of small propane tanks
In general, these sizes are insufficient for use at home.
They are as follows:
propane tanks with a capacity of 20 lbs.
This size holds less than five gallons of gas (when full) and is only suitable for home propane grills, patio heaters, mosquito catchers, and other similar appliances.
The tank’s dimensions are approximately 18 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide. (in circumference)
propane tanks with a capacity of 30 lbs.
When filled, a 30 pound propane tank holds about 7 gallons of propane gas.
Construction heaters, space heaters, and most campers/camper trailers use this size.
It measures approximately 24 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide (in diameter).
Propane tank with a capacity of 40 pounds
The 40-pound tank holds 9.4 gallons of gas and is commonly used to power large commercial grills, space heaters, construction heaters, propane hawk torches, and other propane-powered appliances.
The dimensions of a 40 pound propane tank are approximately 29 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide (in diameter).
Quick Note: The 50 pound propane tank (which holds 11.4 gallons of propane) and the 60 pound propane tank (which holds 13.7 gallons of gas) are not very popular.
Sizes of propane tanks for homes that are recommended
Tanks with capacities ranging from 100 pounds to 1000 gallons are generally thought to be the most suitable for residential use.
Here’s a complete breakdown of the appropriate uses for each size/capacity to help you out:
A 100-pound propane tank
The 100 pound propane tank is the first capacity that can truly serve homes adequately. When fully charged, it holds 23.6 gallons of propane and can be used for cooking and drying clothes.
The tank is 48 inches tall and 18 inches wide for the most part (in diameter).
Propane tank with a capacity of 100 gallons
It’s worth noting that when it comes to larger tanks, some propane suppliers prefer to list the number of gallons they can hold (not weight).
As a result, a 100 gallon propane tank will be larger than a 100 pound propane tank, even though it holds at least 80 gallons when full (keep in mind that tanks are typically refilled up to 80%).
As a result, such a tank should be able to meet whole-house heating requirements as well as other critical applications such as gas cooking for both small and mobile homes.
Keep in mind that two 100-gallon tanks may be required to adequately heat your mobile home (depending on its size).
Each tank measures 48 inches tall by 36 inches wide (in diameter).
Propane tanks with a capacity of 500 gallons
The 500 gallon propane tank is the best option for homes with a living space of 1500 square feet (or more), as the 100 gallon tank may need to be refilled frequently.
This can power a variety of appliances, including propane furnaces, gas ranges, gas fireplaces, and gas clothes dryers.
Don’t forget that it has a full capacity of 400 gallons.
The tank is 9’11” tall “(long) X 37.5 (diameter) and can be buried underground (You might be aware that propane tanks are placed either underground or above ground).
Propane tanks with a capacity of 1000 gallons
When full, this extra-large propane tank holds 800 gallons of gas.
If you have a large home (4,500 square feet or more), this is the size to choose.
The tank is 16’2″ tall “It measures (long) X 41 inches (in diameter) and can also be buried underground.
Quick Note: Because the maximum capacity for a propane tank for a home is 1000 gallons, we have purposefully left larger capacity tanks out of the above propane tank size chart. In fact, tanks with capacities ranging from 1500 to 2000 gallons are designed for larger organizations that need to run a number of high-BTU appliances from a single tank.
Last but not least,
Propane tanks for homes come in a variety of capacities and sizes, both large and small, because one size does not fit all fuel needs.
To assist you in making an informed decision, we have discussed how to choose the best propane tank size for your home energy needs in this article.
Use this information to select the appropriate size and save money on your heating bills (among other benefits).