How Do Propane Tanks Work?

You cannot have propane without the tank. Propane gas is stored in a liquid state when pressurized within tanks, both big and small. These tanks can vary, from the smaller size tanks commonly found in outdoor grills, to massive underground tanks that can hold hundreds of gallons of propane at a time. While propane is being used, it is released as a gas, and fed through pipes wherever it is needed, whether it be your kitchen stovetop or your heating furnace.

When a customer signs up for propane service, they either lease a tank for their respective provider, or they simply use a tank they already own. More often than not however, customers prefer to lease their tanks rather than owning them outright because it makes regular maintenance and repair easier since it’s already through their LP service provider. Propane tanks are typically rated for 10 years and must be recertified if used for longer.

Tanks can be stored virtually anywhere and can be tailored to meet any customers’ needs. These tanks can be installed above ground, below, and even made to be portable. They can be found in residential communities, commercial businesses, and even around country cabin homes. Tanks aren’t usually filled to 100% capacity, instead, 80% is considered to be full. The best part of having a propane tank is whenever you require a refill, certified technicians are only one phone call away, ready to deliver you more propane.

Tank installations are down to a science by most propane providers. For tanks above ground, it’s as simple as using a small crane to lift the tank into position. For those below, it will usually need to have a hole dug in order to insert the tank. 

Propane tanks are designed with safety in mind, and although propane tanks may explode in your child’s game of Fortnite, in reality, there isn’t any oxygen within the tank to trigger an explosion of any kind. Propane leaks, however, can and do happen. Propane leaks occur when a tank is damaged, and propane gas is released into the air. Thankfully, Propane is not flammable when mixed with oxygen, but having a leakage of any kind can increase the risk of a fire hazard from the escaping gas.

Leaks are easily detectable thanks to an added rotten egg smell that is added to it. If you ever suspect a leak within your tank or a neighbor’s tank, please relocate to a safe area, and notify your local provider.
In conclusion, tanks are the efficient way to store a versatile fuel such as propane. Large and small, they can be scaled up and down to fit your business’ needs or the lifestyle you seek for your home.’

If you’re considering propane service, look no further than ThompsonGas. Our technicians and drivers provide quality tank installation and service, with reliable deliveries that have made us the trusted name in propane for over 75 years.

Brought To You By Think Tank, a ThompsonGas Blog.

Think Tank is a blog by ThompsonGas, started in 2021, dedicated to getting you to think more about your propane, whether it be for different uses inside and outside the home, as well as fun recipes you can make by cooking with propane.