Whether you’re heating your entire home or utilizing cozy appliances for your winter events, selecting the right propane tank size is crucial for your heat sources.

How to Choose the Appropriate Propane Tank Size

My Propane Butler offers tanks that range from 20 lbs to 100 lbs. While heating your entire home requires consistent access to propane, recreational heating sources use much less. Most propane-powered appliances will provide tank size recommendations, so don’t worry about getting it exactly right.

Measuring BTU

BTU (British Thermal Units) is a unit of measurement that determines the amount of heat thermal energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. For residential or commercial applications, BTU measures the heating or cooling capacity of appliances. As BTUs increase, the amount of heat generated and the area size also increase.

Consider Frequency of Use

The more frequently you use your heating sources, the more propane you’ll need. For example, a 20-lb propane tank will typically last up to 20 hours of use, but the actual duration will largely depend on your usage patterns.

Common Winter Heat Sources that Use Propane

Most winter heat sources in this list use 20-lb propane tanks, providing heat for anywhere from 4.5 to 10 hours.

  • Space heaters: Space heaters can be portable or have enough power to heat a small bedroom. Heating capacities typically range between 10,000 and 40,000 BTU.
  • Patio heaters: Patio heaters are large, outdoor heaters used for residential homes or commercial applications like restaurants and event spaces. Heat capacities for patio heaters average around 40,000 BTU.
  • Fire pit tables: Fire pit tables put out an impressive amount of heat. Plus, they come in a variety of heights and styles. Heating capacity ranges between 25,000 and 90,000 BTU.

Gas logs are another popular choice for those looking for a winter heat source. When it comes to fueling these gas logs efficiently, a 100-lb propane tank is the best solution. The number of BTUs a 100-lb propane tank can provide for gas logs depends on several factors, including the efficiency of the gas log set and the specific burner you are using. Gas logs typically range from around 20,000 to 60,000 BTUs per hour.

Replacing a Propane Tank

Regardless of size, replacing a propane tank is a chore. Take the hassle out of replacing your propane tank with the help of your local propane delivery service. Whether you’re using propane for residential or commercial applications, a propane tank delivery service will exchange your empty propane tank and ensure everything is working properly.

Stay Warm with My Propane Butler

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