Questions about Propane Tanks

The Propane Guy sells and installs the following sizes of propane tanks:

    • 105 gal. (also known as 420 lb.) State regulations allow these tanks to be placed less than 10 feet from a building. (Larger size tanks must be installed farther than 10 feet from any building.)
    • 250 gal. This is probably the most popular size. Propane tanks 250 gallons and above can be installed either above ground or underground.
    • 500 gal.
    • 1000 gal.

The size propane tank that you need is based mostly upon how many propane-powered appliances you are running and the size of the home or other building, and if you are using propane for heat. We can help you choose an appropriate size.

In order for your propane system to work properly, there must be a 'vapor space' left above the liquid gas. So, 80% is 'full' on all propane tanks.
There is really no difference in safety between an underground tank and an above ground tank. Many people choose an underground tank for the esthetics of not having to look at it. Underground tanks, however, must be specifically designed for underground use, and they must be at least 250 gallons or more in capacity.
Yes. Give us a call at 830-833-0300 and we can give you a quote and help you select a propane tank best suited to your needs.
Yes, in fact, it is imperative to have a licensed propane professional both install and maintain your propane tank for ensured safety. The propane industry recommends a maintenance check of the tank, pressure regulators, etc. at least annually. The Propane Guy will do a safety check of the tank each time it is filled.

Questions about Propane Use

There are many. Propane is a clean-burning byproduct of the oil refining process. Most electricity in the US is made by burning coal, which releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. On a per pound basis, coal emits more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide as does propane. So, propane use can cut emissions and help preserve the environment.

Propane appliances are extremely energy efficient, and can save hundreds, possibly even thousands of dollars in annual energy costs. Propane prices are typically lower than those associated with gasoline, diesel fuel, and home heating oil due to its abundant supply.

For more information about home-use of propane, view this video:

You may also be interested in these two case studies of homes built to maximize the use of propane and its benefits:

Schuyler Pointe Community Case Study [PDF 706KB]

Propane Energy Pod Case Study [PDF 1.1MB]

Propane is a safe source of power for homes, businesses and many vehicles. But, as is the case with natural gas and electrical power, it is important to rely on professionals. A qualified service technician like those employed by The Propane Guy should perform an appliance inspection once a year. Only qualified service technicians have the proper training to install, service, maintain, and repair appliances.

Propane is naturally an odorless gas, but a scent is added to it, so that leaks can be detected easily. If you should smell gas in your home or workplace, take the following steps:

    1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS. Immediately extinguish all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
    2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
    3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
    4. REPORT THE LEAK. Leave the area, and then call your propane retailer right away. If you can't reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
    5. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

You may also want to download this PDF with safety tips specific to extreme weather conditions [PDF 53KB].

  • As your provider, The Propane Guy will be responsible for keeping your tank operational and worry-free for you. Tanks will be monitored on a regular basis regarding usage and inspected for leaks. If a problem arises, The Propane Guy will be able to safely repair it sooner than if you are a 'will-call' customer.
  • Being 'on route' The Propane Guy will fill or top-off your tank as needed, keeping bills smaller and more manageable for your budget.