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Propane tanks: Where is the best place to put one?

PepUp has been installing propane tanks on Delmarva since 1963. We hear lots of questions about where to put a new propane tank. When it comes to safety, the ideal location for your home propane tank depends on the size of the tank and a few key considerations regarding buildings and property lines.

Where is the safest place for a propane tank?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements state that propane tanks that hold more than 100 gallons be set at least 10 feet away from buildings, appliances (including generators), and property lines. That’s the minimum setback for 250- to 500-gallon tanks, which are the most common large tank sizes for residential propane service in Delaware and Maryland.

Sometimes, homeowners choose 1,000-gallon propane tanks. When those larger tanks are set above ground, they are often required to be 25 feet from any structures or property lines.

Underground tanks, regardless of size, require a 10-foot setback. They must be buried at minimum depths and with specific hole sizes, depending on the size of the tank. See all the State of Delaware Requirements for Underground Storage Tank Systems if you’re unsure about the regulations that apply to your underground propane tank.

You can locate your propane tank near your driveway to make it easier to fill and check levels. The tank needs to be at least 5 feet from your driveway, and no more than 80 feet from where the propane delivery truck will need to park for refills.

Do propane tanks need to be on concrete?

While concrete isn’t a requirement for residential propane tanks, it does provide the firm, level surface required for an above-ground installation. Underground tanks may have their feet encased in concrete footings to eliminate “tank floating,” so be sure you ask your propane installer how they’ll be securing your tank in its permanent location.

How do I hide my propane tank in my yard?

Many PepUp customers with larger propane tanks appreciate the curb appeal of underground installations. Tanks are buried with just a few inches of the top of the dome visible for easy access and filling.

Propane tanks require open space directly above them to allow for venting. For above-ground tanks, that safety rule is one that limits how much a tank can be hidden. They shouldn’t be enclosed in a structure, but decorative fencing and plantings that still allow 360-degree access to the tank for inspections can work nicely to improve a tank’s appearance in your yard.

We’ll help you find the best place for your propane tank

PepUp Energy Specialists understand homeowner concerns and want to make sure your propane tank is set in just the right location for safety and accessibility. Contact us to talk through your concerns and questions. We’ll help you find just the right spot for your tank, then send out our expert installation team to get the job done right.

PepUp propane delivery driver John McGinnis, contributor to the PepUp blog, waves from the cab of his delivery truck.

Meet Contributor and PepUp Driver, John McGinnis

You might recognize PepUp Delivery Driver John McGinnis if you’re one of our customers in the Galena District. John has been delivering propane and helping PepUp customers with their farm, business, and home energy needs since 2022.

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