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What Kind Of Propane Tank Do I Need?

Written on: October 26, 2020

propane tank size north carolinaA storage tank is the heart of a propane-powered home and choosing the right one isn’t always as straightforward a proposition as you might think (a big reason why we choose your tank for you when you become a Pico Propane customer).

Still, it’s always best to be an educated consumer, so we’ve prepared this short guide to talk about three factors that go into selecting a propane tank: shape, size, and leasing vs. buying.

Tank Size

Above ground propane tanks come in sizes ranging from 100-pounds to 1000+ gallons. Some common propane tank sizes are:

Tank Shape

Aboveground propane tanks come in two basic types: horizontal tanks and vertical cylinders. Horizontal models (sometimes called “torpedo tanks”) are large, high-capacity containers typically used where propane is the main source of heat in the home. Their increased storage capacity can limit the need for winter propane deliveries, which can help in areas where weather is unpredictable. Propane cylinders are generally smaller, so they can be placed out of sight against a building or near a property line.

Leasing Vs. Buying A Tank

Although there are some advantages to owning your own propane tank (controlling who supplies your propane being the most obvious), the disadvantages of owning your propane tank far outweigh the benefits.

For example, when you purchase your own propane tank, you are responsible for all installation and maintenance tasks and costs associated with your tank, including repair, replacement, and parts. You are also responsible for periodic tank recertification according to local and state laws, along with any fees charged by a supplier for using a tank that they don’t maintain and didn’t install.

When you lease a propane tank, on the other hand, the supplier is responsible for installing and maintaining your tank – including securing the licensing and other common and specific requirements needed in North Carolina. (That’s us!)

No hassle propane tank installations in central NC
When you become an Pico Propane customer, we’ll provide you a propane storage tank and set you up for propane deliveries in central North Carolina. We’ll walk you through our recommendations, then install the tank correctly and in compliance with all applicable laws and codes. You’ll have none of the worry or cost of personal ownership of the tank, and you’ll know your propane tank will be installed the right way.

Whatever your preference or need, Pico Propane can provide the best advice and installation options in our service area, delivered with the professionalism you expect from a top central North Carolina propane tank installer. Contact us today to learn more, or to get a FREE, no obligation estimates on a propane storage tank installation in central NC.