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Propane Tank Sizes: The Best Fit for Your Home

December 28, 2018

If you’ve made the decision to use propane in your home, congratulations! You’ve already taken the best first step. Propane-powered appliances are reliable, effective and generally cheaper than their electricity-powered counterparts. The next step is finding the best propane thank for your home. To do that, let’s look at the different propane tank sizes.

Propane Tank Sizes

Your home could benefit from any of the different propane tank sizes, depending on your particular needs. Location, size of your property and number of propane-powered appliances you use are deciding factors.

Different propane tank sizes.


  • 250-gallon Tank: These tanks are great for powering water heaters, dryers, fireplaces and even pool heaters. They hold 200 gallons, which makes them great for a small home. If you have a pool, one of these tanks could also be used to keep the water at a nice temperature year-round. They stand at about 4 feet tall and over 7 feet long, which can make them hard to accommodate in a small home.


  • 500-gallon Tank: If you have a bigger home – from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet – then this is the right tank for you. They are perfect to power whole home systems, generations, and even home heating. There are two versions: above the ground or underground. This gives you more options of where to put your tank – particularly if you don’t have a big back yard. You need to place it at least 10 feet from a building and 10 feet from a source of ignition.


  • 1000-gallon Tank: If you have a large home – over 4,500 square feet – you should be looking into a 1000-gallon tank. This also applies if your home is under 4,500 square feet, but you have extensive propane needs – like a pool or severe weather in your area. A tank like this one is appropriate for a home with multiple appliances, even if they are on the smaller side. This tank can also be placed above the ground or underground, giving it a lot of versatility. Holding 800 gallons, you won’t need to fill it up as often as you would a 500-gallon tank. The 1000-gallon tank is only 3.5 feet tall, but it’s 16 feet long – you need a lot of space to place this tank within 10 feet of a building and 10 feet from a source of ignition.

Choosing the Right Propane Tank Size

As we mentioned before, choosing the right tank depends on a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Square footage
  • Propane-powered appliances and their total BTU load
  • Location

The more appliances you have, the more likely it is you’ll need a larger tank.

The good news is that you don’t have to decide by yourself. Call Northwest Propane today at (972) 247-6121 and one of our experts will be happy to help you choose your best option.