Frequently Asked Questions

Where should a non-portable propane tank or cylinder be installed?

As simple as this question sounds the answer can get very complicated. Rule of thumb is that if the tank is larger that 124 gallons water capacity (WC) then it should be placed no less than ten feet from just about everything. This includes your house or any building structure, property line, wood pile or other combustibles storage. Keep in mind that your propane service provider needs to be able to reach the tank with the delivery hose. Since most delivery hoses are 125 feet in length, the tank needs to be within 110 feet of a driveway or lane where the delivery truck may be parked safely and without getting stuck. 

 

There are other considerations such as overhead power lines, the septic system, traffic protection and appearance (see Landscaping With Propane Tanks 101 in this web site).

If the tank capacity is 124 gallons WC or less and filled in place, it may be installed up next to the house or building provided there is no window, door, crawlspace opening within three feet of the filling connection on the tank AND provided there is no ventilation device, openings into direct-vent appliances, or any source of ignition within ten feet of the filling connection on the tank. This paragraph also applies to most cylinders filled in place. 

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Other Information

SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: Use piping and equipment adequately designed to with stand pressure to be encountered.  

NFPA 58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.10 require that all persons employed in handling LP-gases be trained in proper handling and operating procedures, which the employer shall document. Contact your propane supplier to arrange for the required training. Allow only trained and qualified persons to install and service propane containers and systems.

WARNING: Be aware that with odorized propane the intensity of ethyl mercaptan stench (its odor) may fade due to chemical oxidation (in the presence of rust, air or moisture), adsorption or absorption. Some people have nasal perception problems and may not be able to smell the ethyl mercaptan stench. Leaking propane from underground gas lines may lose its odor as it passes through certain soils. While ethyl mercaptan may not impart the warning of the presence of propane in every instance, it is generally effective in a majority of situations. Familiarize yourself, your employees and customers with this warning, and other facts associated with the so-called “odor-fade’’ phenomenon.If you do not already know all the facts, contact your propane supplier for more information about odor, electronic gas alarms and other safety considerations associated with the handling, storage and use of propane.

Issue Information

Issue Date: May 2017

This safety data sheet and the information it contains is offered to you in good faith as accurate. This Supplier does not manufacture this product but is a supplier of the product independently manufactured by others. Much of the information contained in this data sheet was received from sources outside our Company. To the best of our knowledge this information is accurate, but this Supplier does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Health and safety precautions in this data sheet may not be adequate for all individuals and/or situations. It is the user’s obligation to evaluate and use this product safely, comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and to assume the risks involved in the use of this product.

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Do not touch electrical switches, light matches, or use the phone. Get everyone out of the building. Shut off the gas valve at the outside tank, meter, or service entrance. Call your propane gas supplier and/or the fire department from a neighbor’s phone.

ntNo. However, it is a simple asphyxiant. Which means that if one breathes propane vapor instead of air then suffocation may result.

OPD is an acronym meaning over-fill prevention device. Now required by national standards, an overfilling prevention device is a secondary means of assuring that cylinders are not overfilled. Overfilling of cylinders is a dangerous condition and has been determined to be the most frequent cause of propane cylinder accidents. As of October 1, 1998, all DOT cylinders with capacities of 4 pounds up to 40 pounds must be manufactured with an OPD-equipped valve. If your cylinder is inspected for re-qualification after October 1, 1998, an OPD-equipped valve must be installed prior to the cylinder being refilled. As of April 1, 2002, cylinders without OPD’s cannot be refilled.

OPD-equipped valves may be identified by: (1) a specially designed, triple-notched valve hand wheel and/or, (2) a hand wheel or valve body that is clearly marked with the letters OPD.

It is best to keep propane containers as cool as possible. Light reflective colors such as white or silver do not absorb heat from sunshine as readily as do darker colors thus keeping the tank cooler.

BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Unit and is a heat value rating. By definition, a BTU is the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

Kitchen range65,000 BTU
Built-n oven or broiler unit25,000 BTU
Built-n cooking top40,000 BTU
Water heater, 30 gallon35,000 BTU
Water heater, 50 gallon55,000 BTU
Clothes dryer35,000 BTU
Furnace for heating40,000 – 120,000 BTU
Boiler for hot water heat75,000 – 200,000 BTU
Unvented space heater30,000 BTU
Gas logs45,000 BTU
Suspended unit heater, for garage25,000 – 100,000 BTU
Swimming pool heater250,000 BTU
Spa heater80,000 BTU

When vapor flows through pipe or tubing a measurable amount of friction slows the flow. If the flow is slowed too greatly, the resultant drop in pressure may cause the appliance being supplied to burn improperly. This can create unnecessary service calls and appliance failure. The relative friction of a small pipe is greater than that of a larger pipe. Therefore, if the pipe is undersized, the full operating pressure of the appliance will not make it to the appliance.