Residential Propane Tank Sizes
Written on: October 17, 2022
Our Handy Guide Can Help You Decide
When it comes to residential propane tanks, size matters. Whether you’re a new homeowner whose never run a home with propane, or you’re thinking of making the switch to propane, the pros at J and B can help you understand all your options when it comes to propane tank sizes.
You’re probably familiar with portable tanks like you use with a grill. They usually give their capacity in pounds. But residential propane tank size is usually given as their water capacity volume in gallons. Since propane is stored in a liquid state under pressure, it needs room to expand into a vapor. That’s why propane tanks are “filled” to 80% water capacity. For example, a 120-gallon tank will hold approximately 100 gallons of propane when completely full.
To know what size tank you need, you need to know how you will use your propane—just for cooking, or for heating water, heating your home, and more. There are a lot of variables to consider, and the pros at J & B are here to help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs.
- 40- to 100-pound cylinders: If you plan to use propane for a gas grill, patio heater, outdoor cookstove, or an RV, a refillable portable cylinder tank is what you want.
- 120-gallon propane tank: This size tank is perfect if you only use propane just for water heating or space heating, or to fuel a range or clothes dryer.
- 150-gallon propane tank: If you have one or two low-Btu appliances, such as a water heater, cooking range, space heaters, wall heaters or a clothes dryer, this size tank should provide ample propane.
- 250-gallon propane tank: For three or more propane appliances like ranges, water heaters or fireplaces (but not a furnace or boiler) you may need to go up to this size.
- 500-gallon propane tank: This is the minimum you’ll need if you heat your home with propane. You’ll have enough propane to also fuel appliances including fireplaces, ranges and water heaters.
- 800- to 1,000-gallon propane tanks: This capacity will fuel a large home or small commercial business heated with propane that also uses several propane appliances as well as high-Btu propane appliances like pool and spa heaters.
Once we’ve helped you determine the best size tank for your needs, our pros can help determine the best location for your tank and make sure it’s installed safely. We’ve been installing tanks for all kinds of homes and businesses for more than 40 years. Whether your new to propane or just need to replace your tank, we’re here to answer all your questions.
Once you have your tank, you’ll want to ensure you have reliable propane delivery service to ensure you always have propane. You want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering real value and true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier. J & B has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous propane delivery service to homes and businesses across College Station, Madisonville, Navasota and surrounding areas in East Texas since 1978.
Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.