Propane Tank Sizes

WHAT SIZE PROPANE TANK DO I NEED?

The appropriate size propane tank for any individual home, business or farm will depend on a variety of factors including the climate at the location, the square footage of any buildings, and what applications propane will be used for (e.g., home heating, water heating, cooking and other appliance usage, or back-up power generation).

Woodford can provide and service a wide range of propane tank sizes. We will work with you to analyze your usage characteristics and calculate the best size propane tank to meet your needs.

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COMMON PROPANE TANK SIZES

Propane tanks are manufactured by several different companies and they vary somewhat in their dimensions. The dimensions listed below are approximate, and reflect capacity sizes most commonly found in the U.S.

Regardless of size, propane tanks are designed to hold 80% of their listed capacity when full, rather than 100%. This is called the “80% fill rule,” and is used as a safety measure because propane will expand when its temperature rises.

Above-ground tanks and underground tanks essentially function in the same way, but there are different siting requirements for each type. Additionally, underground tanks have special design features that allow them to safely store propane underground. Propane tanks designed for above ground service cannot be installed underground.

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120 Gallon/420 pound Vertical Propane Tank

Height Diameter Gallons (@ 80%)
52″ 30″ 100
  • Smaller sized tank commonly used for small demand applications
  • Generally serves a single or small number of appliances
  • Commonly found in warmer climates with shorter heating seasons
  • Subject to more flexible siting requirements

150 Gallon Propane Tank

Length Diameter Gallons (@ 80%)
85″ 25″ 120
  • Used for smaller demand applications such as cooking and water heating
  • Typically used to service a smaller number of low BTU appliances
  • Can be placed into service for heating smaller heaters such as space heaters
  • A 150 gallon tank is generally not intended for large, whole house or larger structure heating

250 Gallon Propane Tank

Length Diameter Gallons (@ 80%)
92″ 30″ 200
  • Commonly installed in warmer climates that experience shorter heating seasons
  • 250 gallon tanks are used for mid-size BTU demand requirements
  • Can be used for whole house and structure heating depending on square footage
  • Available in above ground and below ground tank types

500 Gallon Propane Tank

Length Diameter Gallons (@ 80%)
120″ 37″ 400
  • Installed in all climates for a multitude of uses, including mid to larger size BTU demands
  • Can be used for whole house heating for larger structures, depending on square footage
  • Often installed for commercial use and used for refilling cylinders
  • 500 gallon tanks are available in above ground and underground tank types

1,000 Gallon Propane Tank

 

Length Diameter Gallons (@ 80%)
190″ 41″ 800
  • Installed and commonly found in climates with longer heating seasons
  • Can be used for whole structure heating in all climates
  • 1,000 gallon tanks are preferred for high-demand BTU applications
  • Available in above ground and underground tank types
  • Subject to different siting requirements

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PROPANE SERVICE AREA

Woodford delivers propane to our residentialcommercial & industrial, and agriculture customers in the greater-Elkins area of West Virginia, and the Tri-State area of northern West Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, and western Maryland. Check our Propane Service Area for a list of some of the towns currently served.

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