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Residential Propane Tank Size Guide

Posted: March 25, 2024

What size tank do you need?

propane tank Big Timber, MT Being a propane customer and using propane to power and fuel appliances, equipment and machinery around your home means making sure you have enough propane on hand to help everything run. It also means making sure your home is equipped with the proper residential propane tank size. Below is some guidance on how you can go about doing this.

The different propane tank sizes

Like many things that we use around our homes and within our daily lives, propane tanks come in various sizes. Common sizes of residential propane tanks include:

Valley propane is proud to sell propane tanks in all the above sizes.

The amount of propane in a propane tank

It is important to keep in mind that a 250-gallon propane tank doesn’t and shouldn’t actually contain 250 gallons of propane (the same goes for a 500-gallon propane tank and a 1,000-gallon tank). This is a matter of safety.

A propane tank should really only be filled to about 80% to leave room for the gas to expand as its temperature rises. Filling a propane tank to its absolute max capacity puts you and your family in harms way.

Therefore, a 250-gallon tank actually only holds about 200 gallons of propane at a time. A 500-gallon tank holds about 400 gallons of propane and a 1,000-gallon propane tank holds about 800 gallons of propane at once.

Choosing the right size propane tank for your home

It is important to think about and consider a few different factors when you’re trying to decide on a residential propane tank size. This includes:

Propane and propane tank services from Valley Propane

Both homeowners and business owners all throughout Montana can count on Valley Propane for the propane and propane tank services they need. Our services include propane tank leasing, installation, maintenance and monitoring.

If you’ve been getting your propane from another provider and are looking to make the switch, Valley Propane makes that process easy with our EZ Switch & Save program – our team more or less handles everything!

When you’re looking to lease a propane tank or are looking for propane for your grill, commercial forklift or home heating system, Valley Propane can help. Contact us today to get started with our propane services!