When you want to get a propane tank, the first thing you have to consider is size. And this is dependent on things such as the size of your house, energy demand, and cost. For instance, to choose a 1000-gallon propane tank, you have to know the dimensions, weight, BTU capacity, and life expectancy.
However, do not worry because we will walk you through all there is to know.
The 1000-gallon propane tank can either be-
- Above-ground propane tanks or
- Underground propane tanks
As the name implies, the above-ground one is kept above the ground, and the other is kept below the ground.
Dimensions of the 1000-gallon propane tank
The dimensions of a propane tank are vital because they give you an idea of how large it would be and how much propane it would take.
The 1000-gallon propane tank is 190 inches long with a diameter, width, and height of 41 inches. The total amount of propane recommended is 800 gallons— 80% of 1000 gallons. This percentage may seem surprising, but it is recommended because propane can expand, and if there isn’t enough space, that can be a problem.
Weight of the 1000-gallon propane tank
An empty 1000-gallon propane tank weighs 1760 pounds, and a full propane tank with around 800 gallons of propane will weigh around 8436 pounds. Thus, as you can see, these propane tanks cannot be easily moved around.
BTU of the 1000-gallon propane tank
The BTU capacity of the 1000-gallon propane tank will give you a good idea of how long the propane will carry your home appliances.
One gallon of propane has about 91,500 BTU. Therefore, 800 gallons of propane will have 73,200,000 BTU (91,500 × 800).
At 73.2 million BTU, the 1000-gallon propane tank is capable of adequately providing a 2000 square feet home with enough energy.
How long would the 1000-gallon propane tank last you through the winter?
You can never be too sure about how much a 1000-gallon propane tank would last you because the factors that this depends on are far too dynamic. However, we have created a system to give you an idea. Here it goes-
The average US family uses about 750 gallons of propane for the entire winter months. This lasts for around six months. Also, the average size of homes in the US is around 2,200 square feet. Using this information, we can deduce that 750 gallons of propane which are 68.6 million BTU is enough for a house to last through the winter.
Recall that the amount of BTU a 1000-gallon propane tank produces is 73.2 million. Thus as you can see, this propane tank will more than last you through the winter at maximum usage. This will give you an idea of how long it should last during hotter weather.
When can you use the 1000-gallon propane tank?
You can use the 1000-gallon propane tank in cold climates and properties with high BTU appliances.