For most residential and some commercial applications, we will set a 500 gallon tank. 500 gallon tanks must be a minimum of 10’ away from any permanent structure, 10’ away from any ignition source (power meters, transformers, pool heaters, etc.), 10’ from property lines, 25’ from fire pits or other open flames, 25’ from other fuel tanks (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, etc.), and cannot be placed near septic systems, or under overhead power lines.
A 500-gallon propane tank weighs almost 1000 pounds empty. We will need to be able to drive a truck and trailer close to where you want the tank. We cannot cross septic systems or shallow tile pipe due to the weight of this vehicle. Doing so can cause severe damage to your septic and/or drainage systems. This vehicle needs an area that is unobstructed to at least 8 feet high and wide, without excessively steep grades to safely maneuver into the tank setting position.
If we are setting a new tank and installing a line from the tank to the house, we will also need to cut a trench about 4 inches wide and 12 to 18 inches deep from the tank location to the gas inlet on the structure. All underground utility lines and drainage tiles that could be damaged by the trenching machine should be marked.
When deciding where to place your tank, also consider that propane will have to be delivered a couple times a year for a very long time. It is relatively inexpensive to run line farther compared to damage caused by the truck or hose. If you are not sure where would be the best place to set your tank, just give us a call.
Underground tanks are also available. If you are interested in an underground system, please call us for pricing information. It does cost considerably more to bury a tank due to excavation, backfill material, etc.