LP Tank Location
Where can I locate a propane (LP) gas tank at my home?
If you are not in an area with Natural Gas service, your alternative is a gas stove or fireplace that burns Propane or LP (Liquified Petroleum) Gas, which is delivered to your home by truck and stored in a tank at your home.
It's much less expensive to have an above-ground tank installed, as this allows you to rent the tank versus buying a tank and paying to have it buried under ground.
The location of an above-ground tank depends upon its size. Most LP gas companies rent either 100 gallon tanks or two 40 gallon tanks for a single gas fireplace. (Pictured above is two 100 gallon tanks.) LP tanks must be placed upon a masonry base that provides a stable footing. Refer to the chart below for clearances required from doors, windows, etc. in the most common circumstances.
The company supplying your LP tank will also be able to help advise you on locations that are suitable for placement of the tank.
Minimum distances are required for several reasons; you would not want gas leaks ignited by nearby sources of ignition such as heating or air conditioning units, nor would you want leaking gas to be able to enter your home via an open window or to pool inside of crawl spaces.
The LP tank must also be accessible to the truck that delivers gas, so a somewhat direct pathway from your driveway is important.
How can I make my tank less noticeable?
OK, we'll have to admit that an LP gas tank is not a gorgeous compliment to either your landscaping or your home's architecture. However, the tank is filled from the top, so you're allowed to disguise the tank from the sides. Try planting shrubbery (something without thorns, please, for benefit of the propane delivery man!) around the tank, put up some lattice or a trellis then plant some nice vines or evergreens. When the power goes out on a blustery winter day and you're all warm and cozy inside, you won't care how that tank looks!