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Choosing the Right Propane Tank for Your Home Energy Needs

Posted by James Callow on Fri, Jun 30, 2023 @ 12:50 PM

Learn About Propane Tanks

When it comes to propane tanks for supplying home energy, there are two main types: horizontal torpedo tanks and vertical (upright) tanks. Let's explore these options and find the best fit for your requirements.

Determining the Tank Size and Style:

The capacity and style of the tank you choose will depend on various factors, including:

  1. Estimated propane usage: Consider your heating requirements during the winter season, the size of your home, the number of propane appliances you have, and the efficiency of those appliances.

Torpedo or Upright?

  1. Torpedo Style (Horizontal) Tanks: These tanks have a larger capacity and are typically used when propane serves as the primary source of heat. Their higher storage capacity reduces the need for frequent winter deliveries, providing homeowners with peace of mind regarding an ample supply of propane. At Budget Propane, our torpedo tanks are available in green, allowing them to blend into the landscaping or wooded areas around your property.

For torpedo tanks with capacities ranging from 325 USWG up to and including 1000 USWG, specific installation guidelines apply. These tanks should be positioned at least 10 feet away from property lines, buildings, and ignition sources such as pool heaters or generators. Additionally, the tank must be easily accessible for refilling, so there should be a distance of less than 100 feet between the torpedo propane tank and the location where the propane truck can safely park.

Torpedo Propane Tank

Vertical or up-right style propane cylinders are typically used for intermittent or reduced consumption loads. One benefit of a 420lb capacity up-right tank is that it can be placed right up to a building or near a property line. Most vertical tanks are white, however, you are welcome to use a light coloured, rust-proof paint on your tank to help it blend in with your home's exterior.

Upright Propane Tank WhiteUpright Propane Tank

Our propane installation experts will help you determine the best location for your propane tank and the best sized tank for your needs. 

Ontario propane installations fall under the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code CAN/CSA B149.1.  All Budget Propane installers are trained experts in this code, and the propane storage and handling requirements defined in CAN/CSA B149.2. We'll also ensure that  your tank is regularly inspected and checked for compliance and safety. If you change your furnace or add more propane appliances, let your Budget Propane representative know so we can review your propane tank and conduct an inspection.

Contact customer care if you have any questions about propane tanks or if you would like more information about becoming a Budget Propane customer! Budget Propane Ontario is a quality gas supplier for Gravenhurst, Midland, Alliston, Barrie, Orillia, Haliburton and area. Visit us online to learn about our Smart Tank monitoring program and delivery information. You can also call us at  1 888 405.7777  to request a quote.

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