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Does Propane Delivery Save You Money?

A man working with a gas tank

About Propane Delivery

Living in a rural area, aka, out in the country, having natural gas connection doesn’t exist. So, homeowners will have propane tanks behind their homes and get propane delivery every so often.  There are pros and cons to this method of power source, and most people, once they have acclimated to it, prefer propane over natural gas or an all-electric home. 

For anyone new to propane delivery, tanks, and usage, there are many questions. For you, we offer the following answers, helpful information, and tips. Like a concern for many, even those who have been on propane want to ways how to save on propane costs.

Does propane delivery lock you in at a set price?

Propane is a component of natural gas but is refined, making it a little more expensive than natural gas. However, if you don’t have any other option, you need to find ways to lower your expenses with propane delivery and usage. And that includes getting the best price possible per gallon, just like the gasoline for your car or the kWH for electrical service. 

The gas market fluctuates and lately, it has been going up. Fortunately, unlike the gas for your car, you can bargain with propane delivery companies. So yes, some propane delivery companies will offer a lock-in rate of up to one year for a small upfront fee. 

Does frequent delivery reduce the cost of propane?

No, if anything, that will cost you more because you will typically pay less per gallon for more propane to be delivered. The more you buy in bulk, the less you’ll pay for one. 

Will you get a surcharge if you need additional propane delivered early?

Like any company, propane delivery companies will have extra fees. Typically, if the fees are for not ordering as much as you committed to with the lock-in rate. For example, if you committed to 200 gallons a year and only order 125 gallons, they may charge you a flat fee for the shortage. 

Other additional fees could stem from an emergency propane delivery after hours or during inclement weather, on a holiday, or weekend. Another possible additional fee could be for a tank and line inspection. While that has nothing to do with getting a propane delivery, it is using an employee, time, and equipment. 

How do you keep propane heating prices down?

When it comes to heating your home, propane delivery costs aren’t any different than natural gas delivery. Using the same things that the natural gas company and electric company advise you for saving on energy. Starting with installing a smart thermostat. 

With a smart thermostat, you can set your heating to lower during the day when nobody is home and have it bump up the heat 30 minutes before you get home. That way the house is nice toasty warm when you get there!  For every degree you lower the thermostat during the day, you can save as much as 3% on your propane delivery bill. 

Other tips that can help with your winter propane delivery costs are: 

  • Watch the Propane Gauge

Fill up your tank before winter arrives, propane is cheaper in the summer, and then make sure you don’t run short and need special delivery. 

  • Watch Your Fan Use

Yes, using the bathroom and kitchen for one hour will force out a houseful of warm air. Don’t use an exhaust fan for more than 20 minutes. 

  • Close the Fireplace Damper

When the damper is open, warm air is escaping! And while the fireplace may feel warm while you’re sitting there by it, it is actually sucking the heat out. 

  • Keep Heating Vents Clear 

If a vent that is blocked by furniture or rugs is not letting the heat into that room, then it can’t efficiently circulate. 

  • Open the Curtains

During the day, when the sun is shining, open the blinds and curtains and let the sun do its job. And at night, close the curtains to keep the rooms warmer.

Gas delivery. Truck with orange propane gas tanks

How often can you have propane delivered?

This can vary from company to company, but most will set up a monthly delivery schedule with you.  Typically, most homes have a 500-gallon tank, which for an all-gas home, can use a propane delivery four times a year.

How can I save money on a propane tank?

The propane tank itself typically is provided by the propane delivery company. Because they are responsible for the tank being in accordance with federal safety laws, they won’t make any propane delivery to a tank that isn’t certified. If you have an existing propane tank you want to be filled by a propane delivery service, they will need to check and inspect the tank and lines to certify its ability to be used. 

Will I save money switching to propane?

If your home isn’t already set up for propane, there will be the initial connection expense. After that, like any household, saving money is a concern for you and a propane delivery service will save you money. How? 

It doesn’t take propane as long to warm up as it does electric heat. And once the room is heated, it will stay warm longer. Combine those two facts together and you’ve saved money! 

Take It to The Bank! 

What if your home is set up on natural gas, you have to wonder, is propane cheaper than natural gas?  Per gallon, no, a propane delivery will cost you more than natural gas if you measure it by the gallon. However, where you will save and make up that difference is with the usage. As we just reviewed, propane heats up faster and a properly insulated room will stay warmer longer, meaning, you’ll use less propane than natural.

Heine Propane provides propane delivery in Weatherford, TX. Call 817-341-7240 for services.

Do you tip propane delivery guys?

propane truck delivering propane

Understanding the Etiquette

We take many things for granted around our homes, like the mail and the trash collection. Some of us will offer these people a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day, or a bottle of cold water in the summer. What about requested deliveries though, like propane delivery? Is this a person that is paid well enough that tips would be more insult than appreciated? 

Is propane delivery a hard job?

The companies that manufacture and process any type of energy, including propane delivery drivers, or their products won’t get distributed. Propane is delivered not only to residents, but there are agricultural, commercial, and wholesale deliveries too. 

The key part of a propane delivery driver is to fill customer tanks and restock the retailer’s supply (this is where customers buy the portable propane tanks for grills). These drivers are required to complete safety training that covers the following, and more: 

  • Inspection of the filler 
  • Check the tank pressure
  • Check the pressure relief and service valves 
  • How to fill the tank
  • Where to check for clogs and leaks
  • Check for any corrosion
  • Inspect the filler valve gasket 
  • Check the function of the service handwheel valve

Some propane delivery drivers are required to operate a semi-truck and tractor-trailer rigs. They must have a commercial driver’s license endorsed for air brakes,  hazmat, and tanker hauling. Some states have a set of requirements, including additional certification and licensing. 

Is delivering propane dangerous?

Propane delivery drivers are trained to realize that propane is a colorless, odorless substance that has an odorant added It is an extremely flammable material that distant ignition and flashback can happen. With inhaled in high amounts, the following may occur: 

  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Clumsiness
  • Emotional upset
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Collapse
  • Convulsions
  • Coma 

A propane delivery driver must be aware of the condition of the tanks they are carrying to be in an upright position. They must be aware of their surroundings at all times to keep the proper distance from high temperatures and open flames. 

How does propane delivery work?

During propane delivery, the driver will check the bleeder valve is opened and what the level gauge is reading. This prevents the driver from inadvertently releasing propane gas from the tank and advises when to stop filling. 

A propane delivery driver is responsible for driving the truck, delivering the accurate amount of propane gas, and follow all regulations, requirements, and standards as set by the propane company, state, and federal laws. 

How do propane delivery trucks work?

There are several ins and out to a propane delivery truck, just look at this list: 

On the outside if the tank –

  • Tank: The most recognizable part of a propane delivery truck is the part that holds the liquid propane for delivery. 
  • Hose Reel/Delivery Hose: The hose is stored in a reel mounted to the truck. When the propane delivery drier arrives, they pull the hose of this reel, stretching it to the delivery tank.
  • Hose End Valve: This where the hose is attached between the truck and the  tank that is being filled. A lever is turn upward by the driver to begin fueling and then turned down when the fill is completed. 
  • Excess Flow Valve: This is an in-line valve mechanism that pressurized gas flows through and closes when the valve has reached or exceeds the closing flow rate.
  • Meter: This is what tells the driver how much propane delivery the customer received. 
  • Tank Percentage Gauge: This gauge allows the propane delivery driver to monitor the level of propane in the truck tank.
  • Emergency Shut Off: This switch is located close the back taillights for an immediate shut off in case of an emergency. 

Inside The Propane Delivery Tank –

  • Internal Valve & Pump: This part pumps the propane through the meter into the hose and into the delivery tank.

Why are two hoses used during propane delivery?

One is the hose that the propane delivery is being completed. The other is a vapor return hose that prevents over-pressure condition resulting in propane being released through the Safety Relief Valve.

What is the minimum amount for propane delivery?

This is decided by each propane wholesaler. Some have a minimum delivery of 250 gallons, and another may have a 100-gallon minimum. Some companies offer a meter installed on a propane tank and they come by read the meter just like natural gas companies. Then they fill the tank up to a pre-determined point and bill the customer accordingly. 

How long does it take for propane to be delivered?

Again, this is up to the individual wholesaler. Most are able to deliver within a week to ten days. However, based on how far out you are from their starting point, it could vary. 

Can I get propane delivered for my outdoor grill? 

Until the past year when Covid created so many mandates and quarantine, propane tanks for grills were easily purchased at the local grocery store, home improvement store, or other retailers. This past year, a few propane companies have begun offering propane delivery. The minimum requirement and frequency is something to discuss with the wholesalers. 

Why is propane spewing out of my tank during delivery?

During a propane delivery, the fixed liquid gauge, is opened, a requirement by law. The propane delivery driver is not releasing gas from your tank inadvertently, it is a safety process they are required to maintain. 

large propane tank sitting in a garden

In Closing 

Propane is an excellent natural source for cooking and heating. Those who live in rural areas where the propane tank is a common fixture wouldn’t trade this means of power with an all-electric home. Having 2 sources of power are a preferred set up by most homeowners in these areas. 

Is It Cheaper to Run a Generator on Propane or Gas?

row of red propane and gas tanks

The Benefits of Propane

Around the rural areas of Weatherford, Texas area, many homes and businesses are powered by propane tanks, and propane delivery service by truck is commonplace. Propane gas provides a source of power for many things, like our outdoor grills, and campers. For those uses, we can purchase small portable propane tanks at a local store. 

Another use of propane is for a power generator. Is a propane generator worth it? Power generators are not inexpensive, but they can make a difference when you live in areas where hurricanes and tornados are commonplace. A power generator can be essential for providing electricity for lights and the refrigerator, sometimes for days.  

Most generators in these cases are portable and use gasoline to power them. However, there are generators equipped and connect to a natural gas or propane gas tank. Homes in rural areas that have propane delivery services will typically have their generator set up to run from that same tank as the rest of the house. In homes that are powered with natural gas, the gas lines are buried underground.

How long will a generator run on propane?

The length of time a power generator will operate will depend on two factors: 

  • The size of the generator
  • The load it is supporting

An example based on 20kw of power load, a propane generator could up to three gallons of propane per hour. So, if you have a propane delivery fill a 500-gallon tank, which will only have 400 gallons delivered, you could have seven days use of running on a propane generator. 

You’re probably thinking “Wait a minute, why do you only get 400 gallons of propane delivery for a 500-gallon tank?!”.  Propane expands as much as 17 times, so to maintain the standard propane safety rule of 80/20, the propane delivery driver will deliver a maximum of 400 gallons. 

What is the most efficient propane generator?

A propane generator will provide convenience in the situation of a power outage, but efficiency does matter. In a power outage, you don’t need to worry about having propane delivery too, and you want to be as environmentally friendly as possible. 

Like anything else you purchase, there are better generators and then there are some that aren’t worth having. The following are six of the most popular choices in propane generators:

  1. Champion Power Equipment 200961 2500-Watt Dual Fuel Propane Generator: While it can be loud when running a heavy load, you can get 34 hours’ use from a propane delivery, or 11 hours on gasoline. 
  1. DuroMax XP10000EH Dual Fuel Portable Propane Generator: Runs on 140 or 240, with propane delivery you can get up to 8 hours of use. Also runs on gasoline.
  1. Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment WGen3600DF Dual Fuel Propane Generator: Twenty pounds of propane will give you up to 8 hours of service. 
  1. DuroMax XP4850EH Generator-4850-Watt Dual Fuel Propane Generator: Available with equipment to soften the noise level, you’ll get up to 10 hours from a gasoline-filled tank or propane delivery. 
  1. Champion Power Equipment 200914 4250-Watt Dual Fuel Propane Generator: Provides up to 22 hours on a tank of gasoline or propane.
  1. A-iPower SUA2000iD 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator Gas & Propane Powered: A low decibel level of 55 and runs on both gasoline or propane for approximately 7 hours depending on the load.

How long will a 100 lb propane tank run a generator?

A 100-pound tank of propane delivery can power a 7-kilowatt generator for up to 65 hours or power a 12-kilowatt generator for up to 35 hours. How long a propane tank lasts depends on the load they are supporting. 

The “load” is a reference to how much stuff is being powered by the propane delivery. 100-pound propane delivery is approximately 23 gallons. A propane-powered generator operates between 25% and 75% of capacity, it is possible the fuel supply could last longer, again, depending on the load it is supporting. 

Does natural gas burn slower than propane?

While a propane delivery will cost you more upfront, you’ll get more bang for your buck than you will with natural gas. Natural gas burns at a rate of 2:1, meaning you use two times the amount of natural gas as you will with propane gas. 

Can natural gas be stored in a tank?

Propane delivery arrives in a liquefied petroleum gas form that is compressed before delivery. It is colorless and odorless, like natural gas, and has a mercaptan added to give it that rotten egg odor for safety.  Natural gas must be at room temperature and under 32,000 kPa of pressure. Therefore, it cannot be stored due to the molecule and symmetry of its existence.

view from above of a propane tank

At The End Of The Day – Cost Matters

So, while we know that propane delivery is going to be more expensive than having natural gas running to your home, what is a good price for propane? Like the gasoline used in your car, the price fluctuates daily and can be cheaper in some areas, approximately $3/per gallon and as much as $5/per gallon.  

What month is the cheapest for propane? The early part of fall is a good time to have your propane delivery for refilling the household tank. The weather in Texas is stable most years, although that early cold snap could happen. 

How long will an underground propane tank last?

propane tank in a garden

The Need for Underground Propane Tanks

Living out in rural areas, life is much different. Less traffic, neighbors are distanced, water comes from a well, and sewage is going into a septic tank. Electricity is typically available by the power company by extending wires from existing poles, then hooking the home up to a meter. However, some homeowners prefer to have gas as a source of energy, which brings us to the choice of above-ground or underground propane tank installation. 

Are underground propane tanks safe?

Above ground or underground propane tanks are intrinsically safe and should there be any propane leak, the soil or water will not be harmed by the propane. The underground propane tank regulations that have been established by the federal and local governments require that specific standards be followed in the construction and burial process.

Each unground propane tank must pass certain underground propane tank testing before they are released for use by the public, for commercial or residential use. Once a tank is installed at a customer’s site, they become responsible for protecting and the upkeep of their underground propane tank in addition to regular testing and recertification. The four main responsibilities of an underground propane tank owner are:

  • The general maintenance
  • Protecting the tank from corrosion and leaks
  • Protecting the tank against flooding and other extreme weather conditions
  • Have a complete and thorough understanding of the warnings, terms, and conditions of the warranty

The only person that should install and service an underground propane tank is a certified and qualified service technician. Even if you have outright purchased the propane tank, it should only be maintained and serviced by a technician of the same consideration. 

Can underground propane tanks leak?      

It is rare this happens, but yes, there can be leaks from an underground propane tank. However, not from the tank, but the lines connected to the underground propane tank. The leak is easy to find simply by smell. 

While natural and propane gas is odorless, the chemical Mercaptan is added to the product that creates an odor. That odor, like rotten eggs, will help you find where the underground propane tank lines are leaking. As you detect the odor, you can start digging by hand to find the leaking line Then repair or replace the line with the same type of material. 

Can underground propane tanks explode?

Yes, an underground propane tank is full of flammable material that is under pressure. However, because of the strict regulations for the manufacturing of propane tanks, they are durable and hardy containers. With the built-in safety precautions, exploding underground propane tanks is rare. 

In the case that an underground propane tank is subjected to excessive heat, like a fire, the contents inside the tank will heat up and expand. If flames or a resource that ignition is possible can result in an explosion.

Is it better to bury a propane tank?

As a hydrocarbon gas that is liquefied through pressure, propane gas is an excellent, clean-burning, non-toxic fuel. A great source of power for commercial and residential uses. But which is better – an underground propane tank vs above ground propane tank? Let’s review the advantages and disadvantages of both: 

Above Ground Propane Tank Advantages 

  • Less expensive.
  • Easy accessibility. 
  • Less expensive installation.
  • Long-term use.
  • Lower maintenance costs because the technician has easier access. 

Above Ground Propane Tank Drawbacks

  • An eyesore and distraction from any outdoor decor. 
  • Takes up outdoor space, minimizing room for gardens, gazebo, or swimming pool.
  • Vulnerability to vandalism and possible accidents with collisions. 

Underground Propane Tank Advantages

  • The propane tank is hidden from view.
  • Temperature controlled and not exposed to the weather. 
  • Safer if there a leak, the propane will absorb into the underground, safer from fire.
  • A non-toxic fuel, it is insoluble in water.

Underground Propane Tank Disadvantages

  • The cost of a physical propane tank is the same above or underground. 
  • The cost for excavation, labor, and the anodes.
  • Additional equipment and parts to use an underground propane tank. 
  • Requires sacrificial anodes to prevent tank corrosion underground. 
  • Property preparation for the excavation can be time-consuming and costly. 
  • Requires permit from the local government. 

How far does an underground propane tank need to be from the house?

An underground propane tank installation must meet several parameter requirements for safety that include the following: 

  • Minimum 20 feet from the house 
  • Minimum 10 feet from property lines 
  • Gas lines must be buried in the safest route between the house and the underground propane tank
  • Tank and lines cannot be buried near any potential ignition sources like the HVAC system or other electrical appliances
  • Cannot have any trees or possible tree routes near the tank or line
large propane tank

In Conclusion – What are underground propane tanks made of?

Heavy steel is used to manufacture an underground propane tank that is then painted with a mastic coating that prevents corrosion. These environmentally friendly tanks will last up to 40 years. 

How do you repair a leaking propane tank?

stacks of rusted orange propane tanks

Getting Propane Tank Repair

Propane gas is stored in either portable or stationary tanks. You may have one connected to your outdoor grill, or you’ve noticed them outside of homes in rural areas. While these tanks are ideal for storing liquid propane gas, from time to time, propane tank repair is required. While propane gas is a safe way to cook and heat, a leaking tank is not safe. 

So, are propane gas tanks safe?

Propane gas is a petroleum gas in liquefied form, LPG, that is compressed and stored in tanks. It is then delivered in a liquid form by trucks that fill the tanks at homes and businesses. 

With proper use and storage, this colorless, non-toxic, virtually odorless gas is a safe method of energy. At home it can be used on the outdoor grill, for a gas fireplace, and even to heat your home, water, and food. It is essentially a clean and safe energy source. 

However, because the liquid form is compressed and stored in tanks, it is under high pressure. This leads to people unfamiliar with LPG tanks having concerns about them exploding. Each propane tank, whether it is portable or stationary, is equipped with a PRV (Pressure Relief Valve), located within another valve for safety and then incorporated with the propane tank’s main valve.  

If the tank’s pressure increases, gas is automatically released by the PRV to ease that pressure. Until a tank has reached up to 1,000 PSGI (pounds per square gauge), a well-maintained propane tank will not explode. It is for this reason that if you smell any gascoming from a propane tank, immediate propane tank repair is a must. 

Having a complete and thorough understanding of propane gas tanks is always important. Getting immediate propane tank repair when necessary can prevent numerous accidents. Remembering this, you can heat your home, cook your meals, and heat up water with peace of mind. 

Can a propane tank leak make you sick?

The vapor from propane gas is an asphyxiating gas, but not toxic. Propane will displace any oxygen in the lungs, making breathing difficult or even impossible if inhaled for an extended time in a high concentration. This is why as soon as there is any suspicion of a leak, propane tank repair should be sought immediately. 

Breathing will become difficult if you find yourself breathing in propane fumes, and physical activity can make the situation worse. Symptoms of propane gas exposure will depend on how the exposure to the gas happened. Symptoms that may be experienced with low exposure are:  

  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea

Symptoms that may be experienced with significant exposure are: 

  • Asphyxiation
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart Failure
  • Numbness or pain in limbs
  • Quick loss of consciousness

When liquid propane escapes from a tank, it is extremely cold and contact with the propane at that point can irritate the skin and cause frostbite. Frostbite can lead to skin blistering, tissue death, and infections. When any chill is felt from a propane tank, it should be taken to the dealer, or the LPG company should be called for emergency propane tank repair. 

Can propane tanks be repaired?

A damaged propane tank cannot be repaired and reused. There are many laws regarding the regulation of propane tanks for sale, rent, or repair. There are also significant rules surrounding propane and propane tanks that must be thoroughly understood, and extensive training is required of any propane suppliers. It is their responsibility to advise the homeowners that rent the tanks for their grills or other home uses on best practices regarding propane tanks. 

Never should a homeowner attempt propane tank repairs or make any modifications to a propane system or tank. This should only be done by a licensed individual or a propane supplier. If a supplier sees that a propane tank repair or modification has been made by someone who is not authorized, they can refuse to service the customer. It is federal law that any damaged propane tank that cannot be repaired should be destroyed. 

How do you fix a propane tank leak?

If you discover that the propane tank you’re using is leaking, it is imperative that you deal with the matter immediately. While propane tank repairs should only be done by authorized and licensed dealers or supplier, there are a few steps you can take that may stop the leak. 

Usually, there is a hissing sound coming from a leaking propane tank. You may notice a smell like rotten eggs or skunk. This is not the odor of the propane gas itself, but is still a sign of leakage. This is because while propane gas is odorless, suppliers add a chemical that creates this odor. 

If you have noticed a hissing sound or an odor, turn off everything electrical or gas nearby to avoid possible sparks that can cause an explosion, and then follow these steps:

  • Turn the Main Gas Supply Valve Off

This should be the first step taken to prevent any damage or danger. Do this by turning the gas supply valve knob clockwise. 

  • Remove Any Potential Igniters

For safety, turn off anything that can be a potential igniter, such as appliances, cellphone, lights, and open flames. 

  • Open the Windows

Open all the windows if the propane leak is inside the house. When too much gas builds up from a leaking tank, it is putting your house at risk. 

  • Find the Source of the Leak

After turning off the propane tank valve, there will typically be enough gas left to help you determine where it is leaking. As quickly as possible, mix one cup of dishwashing liquid with one cup warm water in a spray bottle. Spray until the surface is covered. 

Next, open the valve slowly. If bubbles start forming in the solution, that’s where the leak is located. Small bubbles indicate a small leak. Large bubbles indicate a large leak. Mark each area that has bubbles. 

Turn the cylinder valve back off, and with a Phillips-head screwdriver tighten the screws on the gauge face. 

Let the tank sit for ten minutes and spray the soap/water mixture on the areas you marked earlier. Turn the cylinder valve back on slowly and see if bubbles are still forming. 

If you still see bubbles, propane tank repair isn’t possible. Turn the tank in to the supplier and request a new one. If the propane leak is inside your home, evacuate and call 911 immediately. After that, call a propane dealer or supplier. They will have the equipment and knowledge of how to repair the propane tank valve if that’s the problem. 

What can cause a propane tank to leak?

There are three common causes for propane leaking at the valve. 

Cause 1: Bleeder Valve

The bleeder valve or fixed level gauge is typically opened when a propane tank is filled. If it isn’t closed all the way after the fill is done, propane will begin leaking. 

If the leak is at the valve but it isn’t open, it may be from a clogged coil, which happens when a propane tank has been leaking. It is an easy propane tank repair, starting with turning the bleeder valve off. 

Cause 2: Open the Relief Valve

A propane tank will have a relief valve that relieves pressure in the tank when there is too much. When the propane tank is in heated areas, the PRV opens a bit to relieve any pressure building up.  Sometimes, propane gas will leak from the opened PRV. 

For this propane tank repair, don’t turn the valve. Simply tap on it gently with a screwdriver to encourage the PRV to close on its own. You can run cool water over the tank with a hose to cool the tank down; this will prompt the valve to close as designed. 

Cause 3: Faulty Valve Stem

Now there is a possibility that the tank valve may be damaged and causing it to leak, which can be harmful and dangerous.  In this situation, do not attempt to do your own propane tank repair. Return the tank to the dealer or supplier. 

Will an overfilled propane tank leak?

Absolutely!  Fortunately, a certified and licensed propane supplier knows to leave enough empty space in a propane tank for expansion. When a propane tank has been overfilled, it is putting the tank, and you, at risk of leaks or explosion. 

How much does it cost to replace a propane tank?

There are different sizes and types of propane tanks. They can be installed in the ground or set up above ground. Of course, there are also propane tanks for outdoor grills. Both in-ground and above ground propane tanks cost $1,500 and up to $3,800.  Portable tanks for outdoor grills can cost $40 to $60 depending on the retailer. 

close-up of a man working on a gas tank valve

In Closing 

There are a few more things to remember if you’re planning to get a propane tank for your home. Propane tanks have an expiration date on them to remind you when to replace a propane tank. Generally, a portable propane bottle will have up to 12 years before expiration. When being refilled and recertified, this can range between 5 years and 12 years.

How much does it cost for propane tank installation?

propane and grill

Using propane

Most of us power our homes with electricity, and many of us have natural gas too. Both are common sources and used in homes and businesses. Another source of energy is propane gas, many of us are familiar with an outdoor grill that operates on propane tanks. For homeowners that want gas for cook and heating water but don’t have natural gas connections, propane installation is an option for them. 

Common in rural settings, they have propane tank installation for home use, just outside of their home. The propane tank is refilled when the homeowner calls and requests, or some have a regular monthly schedule. For propane installation from an exterior tank to a home is typically done by someone who is trained in how to install a propane tank, like a propane technician or plumber.  

While there isn’t much to know about the basics of how to install propane lines and connect, having a certified and licensed professional inspect and pressure test after you’re done is suggested. Like natural gas, propane is a clean and safe source of energy, but also like natural gas, propane installation needs to be done correctly.  When it comes to outdoor grill, propane tank purchase and installation is done by the homeowner.  

Are there special propane regulator installation instructions? 

Doing your own propane installation is a safe weekend DIY project.  You need to check local governing authorities about building codes and permit first. A basic propane installation can usually be completed in few hours, borrowing any unforeseen complexities and the weather. 

Within in a weekend at the most, you should be through installing propane gas line from tank to house and ready for a certified propane technician or plumber inspect and pressure test the setup. The main materials you’ll need are: 

  • The propane tank
  • Tank bases or blocks
  • Approved propane gas line – 10 feet from the house
  • Propane gas fittings 

With these materials on hand, you can follow these steps to complete your propane installation: 

  • Prepare the indoor appliances
    With the assumption that you’ll have propane appliance installation needs, you want to make sure the appliances using propane are installed with proper venting and have a gas line piped into the house from the outside. 
  • Clear a pathway
    Make sure there is a four foot wide clear path for the propane tank delivery. The propane truck that will fill your propane tank will have a hose that reaches up to 80 feet. Any obstacles can hinder this delivery, like structures or highline wires. 
  • Ground preparation.
    The ground where your propane tank will be placed should have a level gravel surface, a cement pad, or some other type of firm ground base. The propane distributor you choose to use will provide you specific clearances required for the size of tank your propane installation is planned to include. 
  • The trenching.
    The trenching for your propane installation should be a minimum of 18” deep, If there is a driveway between where the tank is placed and the house, a minimum of 24” deep is recommended.
exterior propane tank

Additional Notes on Propane Installation

If you need an emergency or temporary propane tank installation for fireplace, a hose line that will be attached to the propane tank should have a gas hose pressure regulator valve. Run the gas line to the fireplace connection and install the regulator valve by screwing it into the valve on the propane tank. Should the tank run out of propane, this will make it easy to replace, like on your outdoor grill. 

If you’re going to be doing a propane tank installation for generator use, there are some things you need to consider, like the size of the generator you’ll be using.  A thousand watts is generator will provide you 10,000 watts of power. Determine how many appliance and devices you’ll be running to determine the size of generator you need. 

Next, if you’re planning on using a propane installation to power this generator, you want to make sure you choose a generator that can be powered by propane. Generators can be operated on gasoline, diesel, propane, or natural gas. 

Propane gas is the safest and easiest to store. It is common for homeowners in rural areas to store anywhere from 100 gallons to 1000 gallons. Propane gas won’t have the same energy output as diesel fuel, but it is excellent to have during hurricane and tornado season. 

Again, as a reminder, once you have completed your propane tank installation, schedule an appointment with a propane technician or a plumber. They can inspect all the connections, the lines, and complete a pressure check too. Call 817-341-7240 today for your propane installation in Weatherford, TX.

How Long A Propane Generator Will Run

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Why use a propane generator?

During storms, whether they are hurricane, snow, or tornado storms, power outages are frightening and inconvenient. Thankfully, there are gasoline and propane generators to keep a few lights on and the food frozen and refrigerated!  However, not everybody has access to gasoline and propane generators, or how to use them.

So, we’re going to answer some basic questions and talk about a few things to do with gasoline, natural gas, and propane generators. What may seem like a simple “no” to some of us, those who haven’t used a propane generator, or any type of generator, wouldn’t know. Questions like,  can propane generator run indoors?

While propane is more environmentally friendly with less carbon emissions produced, and is a safer fuel with less toxic fumes,  it is still flammable and has the potential of exploding. With that said, because of the carbon monoxide that is still produced during propane gas’ incomplete combustion, no, propane generators should not be used indoors.

If 2020 should have taught us anything, it was to be prepared!  In addition to the mandatory quarantine, we’ve experienced several natural disasters and unexpected weather across the country that turned off the heat and light. Those with gasoline and propane generators were more prepared than the rest of us and we all can learn what benefits were available for those with generators.  But why propane generators over other types of generators?

  • When gasoline pumps aren’t working due to no power, propane fuel is still available because it is stored in individual tanks and bulk cylinders.
  • Propane has a limitless shelf life unlike gasoline, which begins to degrade without a stabilizer.
  • A propane generator that sits idle for months doesn’t fill up with carbon deposits or contamination like a gasoline generator.

With those three facts, propane generators will give you more confidence of being at the ready when you need it, a peace of mind. When the lights are out, the party doesn’t have to be over with propane generators for a power source. Propane generators offer benefits that gasoline or natural gas generators don’t:

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGE

Propane gas is a ‘clean’ fuel, meaning it has lower production of carbon monoxide compared to gasoline or other fuels. Propane generators release approximately half the CO that a gasoline generator does and creates fewer emissions. With propane being stored in cylinders and tanks, there isn’t any risk of it spilling like gasoline either. Propane generators connect directly to the propane cylinder or tank with a hose.

LESS EXPENSIVE

Even while being prepared for an emergency, we need to respect the environment too, but every business and homeowner has concerns financially too. Propane generators used regularly have an advantage over other generators with a lower cost fuel that is available across the country at most gas stations and hardware stores, or propane suppliers. Because it has almost an unlimited shelf life, you can store additional propane bottles and cylinders within local regulations.

How loud is propane generator?

That will depend on the power level it is producing. The noise level of propane generators is related to the amount of power being produced, so with 6,000 watts and up of power, you’ll have up to 80 decibels of sound. Smaller propane generators that produce 3,000 watts of power have a decibel of around 60 decibels.

Can propane generator be converted to natural gas?

Yes, in fact, there are do-it-yourself kits to change propane generator to natural gas and to gasoline too! Yes, you are reading this right, you can have a generator that will run on all 3 types of gas, giving you a true backup generator to have during power failures. The do-it-yourself kits allow you to do this yourself with just a few simple steps instead of taking your propane generators to the shop.

For dependability, what is the difference between using a propane generator vs natural gas? Propane generators allow you store cylinders and tanks for years without the fuel going bad or gumming up like gasoline does. Nor do propane generators pollute the air, but still, natural gas is at an unlimited supply coming from the earth. It doesn’t go bad or get gummy either.

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What does a propane generator cost?

A known brand of propane generators permanently installed to your home that automatically provides power at any sign of power failure will cost around $1,900 plus installation. These provide the entire house power when the electricity goes out.

This includes keeping the lights on, the food chilled and frozen, and more. Best part yet, it works without having to stretch extension cords around and through you house because it is directly connected to your home’s power system.

What about a propane generator and battery system? How reliable are these systems?  A battery backup system paired with solar appears to be the best solution for California, or anywhere the electric grid is outdated and underpowered. This type of system is ideal for supplying power to homes during blackouts and reducing the cost of electricity when the grid needs it elsewhere.

Would it be beneficial to have a propane generator with inverter? A dual-fuel inverter generator, also referred to as a hybrid generator can operate on either gasoline or propane. These types of propane generators  converts AC power ( alternating current) to DC power (direct current) power using the alternator and converts back to AC current by the inverter. Call 817-341-7240 today for your propane generator needs in Weatherford, TX.

Why propane is the best?

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Choosing propane

There are many houses around the country that have a propane cylinder sitting on the back deck or patio, usually connected to an outdoor grill. Then there are homes in rural areas that have larger propane tanks that furnishes the fuel for cooking, heating, and water.  There are other propane uses around the home too, so our piece today is discussing the other ways propane is used for every day and on occasion. 

A lot of people are unsure about natural gas and propane gas, so they opt not to use either one. However, with a little bit of information, you’ll see that propane is a safe way to cook and heat.  So, which is more dangerous propane or natural gas?

Natural gas rises with the air and scatters when it is released, making any possibility of explosion rare. Propane is heavier than air outside. So when propane gas is released, it sinks to the ground, making it a danger to possible explosion. This is why ultimate care needs to be followed when setting up a propane grill or other ways of propane uses. A leaking propane tank is extremely dangerous. 

When it comes to be which is safer for the environment, they are on even scorecard with both sharing a positive environmentally responsibility. Natural gas burns clean greenhouse gas but can be toxic if a leak goes unrepaired. On the other hand, with the various propane uses, it is not damaging or toxic and is considered an eco-friendly, green fuel before and after it combusts.  

Is propane better than natural gas?

The differences are confusing when examining natural gas versus propane gas, especially when you consider the fact that natural gas is a combination of other gases  including propane along with butane, ethane, and methane.  When choosing which fuel source to have in your home, there are several factors to consider: 

  • Safety: Natural gas and propane gas are highly flammable and must be carefully handled. Like many other thing, bureaucratic red tape makes it difficult to difficult to identify and repair. 
  • Environment: The emissions of natural gas are 50% less than coal, to it is deemed a greenhouse gas. However, the toxicity of natural gas is higher than propane gas, which isn’t toxic, nor does it damage the environment. Because propane would soak into the soil if spilled, it gets the win for being more eco-friendly.
  • Cost and Efficiency: When it comes to comparing the cost difference between natural gas and propane gas, uses and other factors must be considered. In 2019 natural gas had a lower cost per gallon than propane gas, but it takes more natural gas to heat the identical appliances. Propane gives you up to 2x more heat, so less is needed for the various propane uses.  

Is propane a good heating choice?

Heating is one of the best propane uses. A properly maintained propane heating system will your energy costs as well as up to 68% of the greenhouse gas emissions. As one of the keyways for propane uses, it provide a quality heat and great when heating a home in zones. 

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What are the dangers of propane gas?

Death or injury are possible when propane uses are improper and unadvised. Potential dangers of using propane gas are:

  • Incomplete Combustion: The mixture of oxygen-to-gas must be within a specific range to get an effective burn for any of the many propane uses. The ideal ration is 4 part propane: 96 parts oxygen. Using any size tank of propane without a regulator is not recommended because of this reason. 
  • Highly Flammable: When the purpose of propane uses vary, it can be a highly flammable substance, especially when in a closed in area. As propane builds up in close quarters, an explosion can be created from the smallest spark, resulting in injuries and death.  
  • Tank Damage: Propane is in liquid from when pumped into tanks for various propane uses. Then that liquid dispatches in gas form for those various propane uses. Once the propane is loaded into any size tank, it is under high pressure and if the tank ruptures, it will result in an explosion. Regardless of the intended propane uses, never use a propane tank that has been damaged in any manner, including dents and rust. 
  • Inhalation: Propane gas building up is deadly when inhaled, causing hypoxia, aka oxygen deprivation. 

With so much information here, some of which can cause concern, you may wonder what are the advantages of using propane? Propane uses are wide and varied, from barbeque grills to central heat, engines and portable cook and heating stoves. By adding butane to propane, it becomes a liquid that is commonly referred to as LPG. The advantages to be obtained by using propane gas are:  

  • The Supply: Propane is in plentiful supply, but the potential of more propane uses are limited for this petroleum byproduct. While petroleum as a fuel source is universally available, propane is too, but when there is shortage of petroleum, propane uses aren’t as varied. 
  • The Price: Propane gas major advantage is the cost because produces more energy units than other fuel sources. Propane gas is efficient-burning, with a shorter energy savings period on propane appliances. 
  • The Safety: Propane is a safe source of energy, however, there are some risks with propane uses. Like any flammable gas, propane gas is combustible, and can leave potential devastating results in its wake. Because propane is heavier than air, keeping propane in an enclosed area is dangerous if the tank leaks. Sudden decompression is dangerous with propane tank as well. 
  • The Environment: Having may propane uses makes propane an enviro-friendly source of energy. Propane meets or exceeds all standards established by the EPA and is water soluble and nontoxic.

Need propane in Weatherford, TX? Call 817-341-7240 today.

What is Propane Tank Inspection?

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Propane tank maintenance

Propane gas tanks are commonly seen in rural areas where natural gas isn’t available and in a commercial or industrial setting. It provides a clean, safe energy source cooking stoves, water heaters and outdoor grills. They are also used for generators and welding equipment. Propane comes in different sizes of bottles and metal cylinders, compressed, and transformed to a liquid form. From time to time, propane tank inspection is required to make sure the transporting, storing, and use of the tanks is safe. 

The different types of propane tanks used are: 

  • Single Use: This size of propane tank is used once and disposed of because it isn’t refillable. The portability and ease of use makes it desirable when gas is needed for one time. 
  • Refillable Propane Tank: This type of propane tank is used in rural homes where natural gas isn’t available. A large metal tank that is designed not to leak and connects to a main gas line that is connected to the home. This type of propane tank, inspections are needed to be certain there isn’t any gas leaking. 
  • Acme Valve: This propane tank is used on outdoor grills and can be exchanged as they empty without a wrench because of the Acme Valve style.  These type of propane tank, inspections are done before they are refilled with propane gas and placed for sell. 
  • 20 Pound Cylinder: Used for camping, grilling, and RV travel, holds approximately four gallons of propane, and has the OPD (overfill prevention device) valve. This type of propane tank, inspection is done before refilling the tank to check for leaks.
  • 100 Pound Cylinders: These types of propane tanks are seen outside rural area homes and provides propane gas to cook, heat homes and water. This type of propane tank, inspection is recommended for safety of the home and surrounding areas. 

A propane gas tank is resilient and has been designed and built to hold LPG (liquid propane gas) while under pressure and in different types of elements and weather conditions. It is for this reason that the most sturdy propane gas tank will have a shelf life, and any propane tank, inspection is needed to check for any possible deterioration, leaks, or weakness. 

How do I know if my propane tank is outdated?

Near the handle of every portable propane gas tanks is a series of numbers stamped into the tanks. These numbers provide information like the capacity rate and the tank’s origination. A date is stamped on the handle close to the valve that indicates the tank’s manufacturing date, read in a Month-Year format like 12-19 meaning it was built in December of 2019.

Do propane tanks need to be tested?

Yes, it is federal law which is established and overseen by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Every propane gas company is required to test each propane gas tank before refilling them. The propane tank inspection and leak test checks for any leaks with the tank and its piping system. The plumbing joints and seal integrity are tested to assure the tank is working in a safe manner. 

How often does a propane tank need to be inspected?

Propane tanks fall under the jurisdiction of DOT (Department of Transportation) when it comes to certification, propane tank inspection, and recertification.  As of January 2017, the following rules were updated and implemented by DOT:

  • Initial requalification every 10 years from the date of original manufacture.
  • Requalification by volumetric expansion testing every 10 years.
  • Requalification period for propane tank cylinders by proof pressure every 10 years.

What happens if you use an expired propane tank?

A gas propane tank that near the expiration date stamped on the handle needs to be recertified or exchanged for a new tank. This can be done a qualified propane gas service technician. To have a propane tank inspection and recertification done can range in pricing between $35 and as much as $60. In most cases, the technician or LPG company will exchange your current tank for a newer one. It is important to learn and understand the markings on a propane tank, inspection should be current so that you can be comfortable in knowing you have a safe propane gas tank. 

What is done to recertify a propane tank? and How long is propane tank recertification good for?

 There are 3 ways for propane tank recertification to be done and should only be done by a professional propane tank service tech that is certified to perform the recertification: 

  • Visual propane tank inspection – all the connections, hoses, and lines are visually inspected all are connected tightly with no cracks. 
  • Proof Pressure –  and air test of the propane gas tank at twice the service pressure and should be done every 7 years.
  • Volumetric Expansion – this is a water jacket hydrostatic test at twice the marked service pressure and should be done every 10 years. 

How many times can a propane tank be recertified?

As long as the propane tank inspection doesn’t find any issues like bent, bulging, or cracked tanks, they can be recertified over and over, every 7 to 10 years as described above based on the method of propane tank inspection and recertifying method. 

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How long is a 20 lb propane tank good for?

An underground propane tank that was professionally buried and installed can have a life expectancy up to 30 years depending on the soil and routine maintenance. Portable propane gas tanks can have an endless life if not abused or misused and routine recertification is performed. 

Propane gas doesn’t expire, providing a long shelf-life. If you have a propane tank service that refills your tank, many offer a gauge and will have automatic schedule for refilling. Otherwise, you will want to check the gauge regularly and have it refilled when it reaches the 20% mark. Call 817-341-7240 today for your propane tank inspection in Weatherford, TX.

Propane Tank Installation For Home

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Learn More About Propane Tank Installation

Propane gas is used as a reliable source of fuel and heating for many homes. Tanks come in many sizes that can range from 100 to 1000 pounds with other sizes available as well. The size of your tank should coincide with your property size, appliances, and expected use. An average home that’s 2,200 square feet for example will consume overground 1200-1500 gallons of propane each year for heating. If you’re interested in propane tank installation contact your local propane company for assistance. Until then, here is some general background information about propane tank installation that may prove useful to you.

Is it better to rent or buy a propane tank?

It’s better to buy your own propane tank for your propane tank installation as you’ll have the freedom to shop around rates from different gas companies. By buying your own tank you’ll be able to better negotiate the best rate.

Is propane cheaper if you own your own tank?

Propane tanks typically have annual consumption or rental fees if you don’t own them. What’s more, the propane supplier will recoup the cost of their asset on your property which can be done by raising their price per gallon above what you would get if you owned your own propane tank.

Can I install my own propane tank?

No, propane tank installation if it’s rented or owned will need to be installed by a certified technician. If you bought your tank you’ll have to hire a licensed person for propane tank installation. With a rented tank it can be installed by the company you rented it from.

How long will 100 gallons of propane last?

How long a 100-gallon propane tank will last depends on the sources that are using it. For example with a 20,000 BTU fireplace that runs 12 hours a day, it would last about thirty and a half days. 

How far away from the house does a propane tank need to be?

A propane tank installation should be distanced at a minimum of 10 feet from a building. The same distance should be applied being distanced away from a source of ignition and the property line. If two tanks are placed within three feet of one another the restriction clearance will increase to 25 feet.

Can I keep propane tank in garage?

You should store propane tanks in dry, open, and well-ventilated areas outdoors. They are not meant to be stored in a garage, shed, attic, or basement. They shouldn’t be brought indoors for any reason. The only safe time to store your tank is if it’s been emptied completely.

Is it safe to use a 20 lb propane tank indoors?

The National Fire Protection Association has regulations that make it unlawful to take any tank larger than 1 pound inside a residence. 

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Underground Propane Tank Installation Requirements

  • Step 1: Choose your underground propane tank size. You should only consider getting a propane tank if you need a 500 Gallon tank or more. 
  • Step 2: Excavate your yard to make room for your propane tank.
  • Step 3: Install and hook up the underground propane tank.


Are propane tanks dangerous?

If you run out of gas with your propane tank problems may arise such as gas leaks, rust build-up, fires, and explosions. A leak can occur when the tank is refilled after the gas line or appliance valve remains open after the supply runs out. Inside an empty tank, air and moisture will accumulate which can form rust build-up. This will unfortunately lower the concentration of odor propane gives making the gas more difficult to smell and detect if a leak forms. Finally, once a propane tank runs out of gas the pilot light on the appliance may go out which can cause fire and explosion risks.

Can propane tanks explode in the sun?

A propane bottle otherwise known as a tank won’t explode in the sun as it is designed to be in the sun or shade as they have reflective colors, pressure relief safety valves, and room for expansion. You may be able to store it outside yet make sure it’s away from your home and on a flat, solid surface. A propane tank explosion can happen with empty tanks so be aware of use. 

Get Assistance With a Propane Tank Installation From a Licensed Professional

A propane tank installation will need to be carried out by a licensed professional no matter if you own or rent a tank. Make sure to call a well-reputed propane company for assistance on any matters concerning propane tanks. They will be able to guide you through tank size options and set you up with placement and a plan that will best match your home’s specifications and use. Speak to a professional today about a propane tank installation.

Get more information regarding propane tank installation in Weatherford, TX by calling 817-341-7240 with the experts at Heine Propane today!