What’s the Right Propane Tank Size for Your Grill?

Choose the best cylinder size for your barbecue and keep it filled!

grill tank options west virginia Now that it’s football season, countless backyard chefs across Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson and Washington County are firing up their grills each gameday. And if you’ve just invested in a new propane grill, you’re in for a treat. There are fantastic reasons that propane is the most popular barbecue fuel in the U.S.:

Of course, you want to ensure that you have sufficient fuel for your propane grill. Here’s a primer on choosing the proper propane tank for your cookout.

Can you connect your grill to your home’s propane tank?

Yes, a trained propane technician like the team members at Roach Energy can connect your grill to the same tank that serves your home’s heating, water heater, indoor cooking and other gas appliances.
There are pros and cons to fueling a propane grill with a stationary propane tank:

• No more transporting and attaching portable propane cylinders. Your fuel will be replenished with each home propane delivery.

•  You’re extremely unlikely to run out of propane in the middle of grilling.

• Your freestanding grill won’t be able to move.

Your home will need more frequent propane deliveries.
• You have an increased risk of losing propane, either because you accidentally leave a grill burner open or because of a damaged outdoor gas line.

What portable tank sizes work in propane grills?

Here are some standard portable tank sizes and their uses:

Tank SizeUses
 20-pound, 30-pound and 40-pound  tanks Used for grilling, fire pits, outdoor heaters and other smaller gas appliances.
 33-pound tank Almost exclusively used for forklifts.
 100-pound tank Used for larger appliances, like large barbecues, clothes dryers and temporary commercial heating.

While all these sizes are typically compatible with a propane grill’s connections, the most common grill tank size is a 20-pound propane tank (sometimes called a 5-gallon tank). The storage underneath most freestanding grills is designed for a 20-pound cylinder. It’s the primary size sold at gas stations, garden stores and hardware stores.

Should you refill or exchange a portable propane tank?

It is often more cost-effective to refill your portable propane tank rather than exchange it. When you refill a propane cylinder, you save money because you only pay for the fuel that goes in. At a tank exchange, you lose any propane left in the tank you’re turning in.

And if you live in the Eastern Panhandle region, then Roach Energy has you covered. We supply multiple propane tank refill and exchange stations in this region. You can enjoy the same premium-quality propane that our home delivery customers receive, and you’ll have a dependable cylinder supplier right nearby!

Are you interested in setting up a recurring propane delivery service for your home? Contact Roach Energy today to become a customer.