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Another instance that may seem confusing to propane consumers involves tank volume following a propane delivery in the afternoon, which is commonly the hotter part of the day. When propane deliveries are made during the hotter parts of the day, the gas has already expanded before it is delivered into the tank and the gauge may read 80% following a fill. Inspecting the tank gauge the following morning may show a significant percentage drop (up to 5%) even if no gas has been used! This does not necessarily indicate a leak. More likely than not, the volume of liquid propane in the tank has contracted in the cooler overnight hours. Also see Propane Tank Color for more information about the effects of heat on liquid propane volume and Propane Volume Correction for an explanation about hot and cold weather delivery issues.
LEASING - Leasing a propane tank is an option that many potential customers have, provided they meet certain requirements. Many propane companies require a minimum annual propane usage, a certain number of appliances be on propane or total BTU load is at or above a minimum threshold. For example, a company may require three or more propane appliances in order to lease a tank but standards such as these vary widely by company and by region. Also, propane tanks are generally leased to credit worthy applicants so expect the propane company to perform a credit check prior to approval. Know that all piping, fittings, parts and connections are purchased by the customer and cannot be rented. Several things to think about if renting a tank is an option: Company owned tanks are maintained by the propane company so any repairs to the tank will generally be taken care of by the propane company. All propane must be purchased from the company that owns the tank. Buying gas from another company will likely result in the termination of the tank lease. Most propane companies require that rental tanks are filled by scheduled delivery (automatic filling) which is much safer and protective of the customer. Propane companies pay very close attention to their lease tanks for their customers' protection as well as their own. Lease tank contracts often give the propane company the legal right to enter property to inspect the tank. Moving to a new home will require you to notify your propane company of your relocation.
Appliance BTU's are expressed through BTU input ratings and are based on a "per hour" basis. Whereas a furnace may be rated for 100,000 BTU, a furnace rated at 200,000 is capable of delivering twice the "horsepower" of the 100,000 BTU furnace. It's also capable of delivering 5 times the horsepower of a 40,000 BTU space heater. In the propane world, a 200,000 BTU furnace is not needed to heat a room when a 40,000 BTU heater will do the job. As you see, BTU ratings are used to appropriately match appliances for the required need and appropriate purpose. BTU's are used by propane companies to determine total LP Gas appliance load. The total load is expressed in BTU's and represents the total propane demand on a system when all gas appliances are operating at full capacity. The BTU load help the propane company select an appropriate tank size for the installation as well as select pipe size and regulators so that the downstream appliances will work efficiently. For instance, a large home with several furnaces and water heaters will require many more BTU's than a one room cabin with a propane stove. The larger home has much more propane appliance "horsepower" than the small cabin. This is the sole reason that BTU's are the factor of measurement in the propane industry as opposed to using gallons for measurement.
Dark (Non Reflective) Propane Tank = Absorbed Heat = Propane Expansion = Relief Valve May Open