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How Many Propane Tank Sizes Are There?

Written on: March 4, 2024

Trust Pico to Have the Size You Need

propane tank boerne, tx If you’re new to propane, or you’ve only ever used propane to run a portable grill, you might not have given much thought to how many different sizes of propane tank there are. But with a fuel that’s so versatile and efficient, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many different sizes to match propane’s many uses.

To know what size propane tank you need, you need to know how you will use your propane. There are a lot of variables to consider, and our team has the expertise to take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs, whether they are residential or commercial.

There are basically two types of tanks, portable and large storage tanks.

Portable Tanks

Portable tanks range in size from a couple pounds to as large as 100 pounds. Generally, portable tanks, also called cylinders, are used for grills, fire pits, bug zappers, patio heaters, and RVs. Some portable cylinders are used for industrial equipment such as forklifts. The smallest, two- to -five-pound cylinders, are used for portable camping grills and similar equipment. Sizes mainly increase in 5-pound increments.

Large Storage Tanks

Nonportable large storage tanks range from 100 gallons to as much as 1000 gallons or more. These are used to store propane for homes and businesses that use propane for heating, cooking and powering a wide range of appliances—including standby generators. Large storage tanks can be aboveground or buried, and the construction of each type is slightly different.

Gallons or Pounds?

A common question is why portable tanks are measured in pounds, while larger tanks are measured in gallons. The reason is that propane, also known as “Liquid Propane Gas” or LPG, is stored in a liquid state under pressure. When dispensing propane into a large tank, it’s much easier to measure the quantity in gallons. But for smaller tanks, weight is an easier measurement.

What Size Is Right for You?

Knowing how you will use your propane—just for cooking, or for heating water, heating your home, and more—is the key to determining what size tank you will need. There are a lot of variables to consider, but we can help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs.

Here’s a general guide to residential tank size:

Whether you’re new to propane or just need to replace your tank, the pros at Pico are here to answer all your questions about propane for your Texas home or business. We can help you choose the best size tank for your needs. We can also help identify the best location for your tank, including whether underground or above ground is best, and we’ll make sure it’s installed safely. We’ll also provide reliable delivery service to ensure you always have the propane you need.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today.