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All About Propane Tanks

Here’s the one-stop propane tank shop! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about propane tanks in one place. Have other questions? Post below in the comments & we’ll let you know!

What kind of propane tanks are there?

Propane tanks fall into three categories:

1. Above Ground Tanks
2. Underground Tanks
3. Vertical Tanks

What propane tanks are available through AmeriGas?

AmeriGas offers the following types and sizes of propane tanks. This is just a sampling of tank sizes available – we can customize just about anything a customer wants.

Above Ground Tanks:

500 gallon propane tank

500 gallon tank

1000 gallon propane tank

1000 gallon tank

3,000 gallon propane tank

3,000 gallon tank

30,000 gallon propane tank

30,000 gallon tank

Underground Tanks:

Underground Propane Tanks

Underground Propane Tanks

Check out the Timeline of an Underground Tank Installation to see the photos of the entire process. This particular installation occurred in Chester, NJ.


Vertical Tanks:


The V-120, 120 Gallon Vertical Propane Tank

The V-120, 120 Gallon Vertical Propane Tank

Vertical 1150 gallon tank

Vertical 1150 gallon tank


What are some of these rules and regulations about tank placements?

The placement of a propane tank is not something decided upon lightly. In fact, there are many federal, state and local ordinances and regulations that must be observed at all times. Here are a few of those regulations:

Tanks under 125 gallons water capacity:

  • must be at least 10 feet from a window air conditioner
  • must be placed a minimum of 5 feet from a crawl space opening

Tanks 125-500 gallons water capacity:

  • must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a building
  • must be at least 10 feet from a line of adjoining property

Tanks up to 2000 gallons water capacity:

  • must be placed a minimum of 25 feet from the building
  • no part of an underground tank of this size shall be less than 10 feet from a building or line of adjoining property


Related Articles:

Propane Tank Installation: A Live Blog

Safety Series: Propane Leak Checks

The Pros and Cons of Tank Ownership

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  1. Dan
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I have a 1000 gallon propane tank that I would like to sell, Please get back in touch with me.

    • Glen Gault
      Posted April 25, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      I am looking for a 1000 gal. tank Glen 205-234-8202

      • glenn
        Posted July 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        1000 gallon propane tank wanted

        • dickweed
          Posted February 16, 2016 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

          Who sells 1000 gal tanks?

  2. Frank Wailand
    Posted April 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    We are working with a client that wants to install a vertical storage tank at his service station in Lackawanna, NY. Please let me know the tank sizes available.
    Clearly, the foundation design is critical for vertical tanks, please inform me of the procedure after a tank is decided by the owner.

  3. Charlie FitzGerald
    Posted June 4, 2015 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Am I correct in my understanding of the code that I can place (2) 100 lbs propane tanks next to my house to provide fuel to my indoor stove provided it meets the other requirements in terms of distance from ignition source, pressure tests etc…..Thanks

  4. Garrett Gabriel
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to figure out the rules and regulations of using propane tanks in a bistro that i am trying to open in order to provide fuel to my stove / burners. Does anyone have any knowledge that would be helpful??

  5. Richard A Goddard
    Posted June 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I am setting up a field camp. I will be using a propane range and oven supplied by a 100 pound bottle, How far should the bottle be from the stove?

  6. glenn
    Posted July 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    1000 gallon propane tank wanted s e wisconsin

  7. George White
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I have a 500 gal tank that I have had for 20 years. The tank hasnever been re-certified and the rent continues to increase. I spoke with the local manager last year and the year before and the year before. My position was that I should own the tank by now or at least be grandfathered into a lesser rate. He agreed & said he would pass on to the main office (some 3000 miles away). In all fairness, the rent was reduced $7.00 this year. I did try several times to get a smaller take & was refused! I am pissed! This is a deal breaker! Will try to talk to manager again this week. 9-8-15.

    • Posted September 15, 2015 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Hi George,

      If you need additional assistance, please email us at with your account information.

      Thank you,

  8. Janet Snodgrass
    Posted October 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Should a 125 gallon propane tank be grounded?

  9. J. BOLAND
    Posted October 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Large number of metal storage buildings about 20×50 some have sprinklers many have LARGE Motorhomes in them with large mounted LPG tanks. Fire walls every few units. Locking overhead doors and locked .
    Entry door on each unit.. What are suggested outside labeling on doors warning Fire Pers. in case of fire and is one required. Thanks

  10. Raymond Lukan
    Posted October 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Want to purchase a 5oo gal. above ground tank

  11. Cookie Jones
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Setback for detached garage?
    Planning to install standby generator for home in massachusetts.
    It will use propane tanks (above-ground, vertical). Generator and tanks will be placed alongside a COMPLETELY DETACHED garage which is 50 feet from any dwelling and is used only for storage. The garage has two windows and a side door on that wall.

    Question: What is required setback from tanks to windows/doors of a detached garage? Town says the regs are same as state’s (Massachusetts)

  12. Les Wood
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    what is the price to furnish and install a new/replacement underground 100 pound lp gas tank? Jupiter, FL 33469

  13. Linda Simmons
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    What size above ground vertical tanks do you offer smaller than 100 gals?

  14. bill
    Posted December 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    why is a 100 lb called this, the weight of the bottles aren’t that much and the liquid is much greater.

  15. Gary Lockwood
    Posted December 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    do you lease verticle 120 gal tanks, what are the rates for yearly lease and to fill

  16. Gary Lockwood
    Posted December 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    do you lease vertical 120 gal tanks, what are the rates for yearly lease and to fill

  17. Leslie cardinell
    Posted January 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    My underground propane tank is 55 years old, and Suburban gas says it is safe and does not need replacing. Please give me some feedback on this.

  18. Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I installed big commercial flat roofs for 40 years and in the process used 10′s of thousands of gallons of propane and thus know that depending on where the tube that goes down in the tank stops, ether draws vapor off the top of the tank, or liquid off the bottom.

    So now my question:

    I have a 80,000 BTU propane heater in my garage that runs off vapor and want to convert it to run off liquid? I’ sure it is just a valve or? jet Or? that I need to swap out, but am having trouble finding any information or parts to do so?

  19. Posted February 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Hello I want to know how long is a 120 gal tank good for do they have a time date like a 100 pal tank haves if you could please let me know thank you

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