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What Kind Of Propane Tank Do I Need?

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Choosing a propane storage tank that can meet your needs and power your propane equipment is often not as easy as it may seem (which is a big reason why we supply your tank when you become a Roach Energy customer).

Still, it’s best to know what you’re getting into when you’re shopping for a new propane tank or propane supplier in WV, so we’ve prepared this short guide to talk about some of the key decisions that go into selecting a propane tank for your West Virginia or western Maryland home.

Decision 1: Underground vs. aboveground

Choosing between an aboveground and underground propane storage tank mostly comes down to three factors: what size tank you need (underground tanks can be larger, with a higher capacity), how you want your property to look, and whether or not it is legal to install an underground tank in your town and on your property. A qualified propane tank installer can tell you whether or not an underground propane tank is feasible for you.

Decision 2: Shape

Aboveground propane tanks come in two basic types: horizontal tanks and vertical cylinders. Horizontal propane tanks are high-capacity containers typically used where propane is the main source of heat in the home. Because they hold more propane, you won’t need as many propane deliveries – a big benefit in areas where weather is unpredictable. Vertical propane cylinders are generally smaller, so they can be placed out of sight against a building or near a property line.

Decision 3: Size

Above ground propane tanks come in sizes ranging from 120 to 1000+ gallons. Some common propane tank sizes are:

Decision 4: Owning vs. Leasing

Although there are some advantages to owning your own propane tank (controlling who supplies your propane gas being the big one), for most people the disadvantages of owning your propane tank far outweigh the benefits.

When you buy your own propane tank, for example, you are responsible for all installation and maintenance tasks associated with your tank, including repair, replacement, and parts. You are also responsible for recertifying the tank according to local and state laws.

When you lease a propane tank, on the other hand, the supplier is responsible for installing and maintaining your tank, and all the costs and procedures associated with those tasks.

Whatever your preference or need, Roach Energy can provide great advice and expert propane tank installation in West Virginia and western Maryland. Contact us today to learn more about propane tank installation, or to become a Roach Energy customer!