Propane is a clean-burning fuel that can also be a cost-effective option for providing heating, hot water, and cooking heat. While you could try to run the house with the small tanks you can refill at a gas station, a better option is to have a larger propane holding tank installed and hooked up to your home. The following guide can help you decide the best place to install this larger tank so that it is easy to service and safe, but not an eyesore on your property
Distance requirements can vary depending upon the local code, but as a general rule, you will not want the tank placed too close to the house or any outbuildings simply as a safety precaution. A distance of at least 10 to 15 feet minimum should be considered, since this will provide a safety buffer between your home and the tank while also ensuring you can easily service your home, such as repainting, without the tank getting in your way.
Your tank needs to be easily accessible for refilling and service. Fortunately, this doesn't mean it has to be right next to the road or driveway, as propane companies do have hoses that can be used.
Depending on the service, these hoses likely have a range of at least 100 feet, so simply make sure that the tank is within range of the hose length your preferred service provider uses.
The propane will get into your house via piping that connects the tank to your home. This piping is most typically installed underground, which can get expensive if you place the tank too far away from the house. Longer stretches of piping are also more likely to become damaged simply because there is more area exposed. Striking a happy medium between safe distance and a short piping path is necessary.
For many homeowners, the appearance of the tank is a major concern. Underground propane tanks can be a solution in some regions, depending on local code and soil conditions. Just keep in mind that this can be expensive if the tank must be removed for repairs or replacement.
Another option is to screen your tank. It is safe to place a fence around the tank or to create a living screen from hedges. This can provide a simple way to hide a tank without the concerns that come with burying.
Contact a propane tank installation service for more help.