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CheriAlli 11-14-2010 08:16 PM

Propane Tank buried vs. above ground
 
Hi-

Contractor suggests that we bury the propane tank as oppose to putting it above ground. Not sure why to do this other than being hidden from view.

And, everyone I see in the area (hilltown in western Massachusetts) has it above ground.

Looking for the pros/cons of having the tank buried vs. above ground. Certainly doesn't seem very eco-friendly.

Thanks!

hardwareman 11-14-2010 08:30 PM

a lot of people bury their lp tanks these days. the thing is you need to ask your supplier. around here the lp supplier will rent you a 500 gallon tank for about $5.00 a month, however if you want a tank buried you have to buy it and they cost about $3000.00

kenmac 11-14-2010 09:31 PM

Not allowed to bury here anymore.All propane tanks now have to be above ground

beenthere 11-15-2010 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by hardwareman (Post 534368)
a lot of people bury their lp tanks these days. the thing is you need to ask your supplier. around here the lp supplier will rent you a 500 gallon tank for about $5.00 a month, however if you want a tank buried you have to buy it and they cost about $3000.00

5 bucks a month?

Here, the tank rent is anywhere from 50 cents to over a dollar a gallon added to your LP bill.

CheriAlli 11-15-2010 09:24 AM

Thanks to all for the very useful comments! I will be sure to check with the supplier before making this important decision.
:)

Red Squirrel 11-15-2010 09:26 AM

I'd keep it above ground, at least you can paint/maintain it easily. You can also make something creative like make it look like a big Advil pill or something. :D

operagost 11-15-2010 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel (Post 534568)
I'd keep it above ground, at least you can paint/maintain it easily. You can also make something creative like make it look like a big Advil pill or something. :D

I'd write "Strickland propane" on it.

CheriAlli 11-15-2010 06:50 PM

good idea! ;)

yuri 11-15-2010 06:59 PM

I wonder what happens if there is a leak in it or the pipe from it? Propane is heavier than air and will fill up underground voids and can be dangerous and explode. I would always want it above ground for service and safety. Probably illegal to deface/paint it. Hide it behind a lattice enclosure.

beenthere 11-15-2010 07:04 PM

Don't know if I would paint the name Strickland Propane on it.
A delivery guy may not get the joke. And refuse to fill it.

CheriAlli 11-15-2010 07:11 PM

good point!
;)

kenmac 11-15-2010 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by yuri (Post 534883)
I wonder what happens if there is a leak in it or the pipe from it? Propane is heavier than air and will fill up underground voids and can be dangerous and explode. I would always want it above ground for service and safety. Probably illegal to deface/paint it. Hide it behind a lattice enclosure.

Here You can hide them behind privacy fence panel,lattice ,shrubs etc,. They ( whomever you have the contract with) will usually paint them as long as you like silver. Silver helps deflect the suns heat away


I must be missing something... strickland propane???

hardwareman 11-15-2010 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 534503)
5 bucks a month?

Here, the tank rent is anywhere from 50 cents to over a dollar a gallon added to your LP bill.


I had a brand new tank delivered a few weeks ago from a supplier, for a 500 gallon tank the yearly rent is $48.00. Around here you can find used tanks pretty easily and buy them for $400.00 to $500.00, then shop around for the best price when its time to refill.

operagost 11-16-2010 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenmac (Post 534909)
Here You can hide them behind privacy fence panel,lattice ,shrubs etc,. They ( whomever you have the contract with) will usually paint them as long as you like silver. Silver helps deflect the suns heat away


I must be missing something... strickland propane???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Hill

Starglow 11-16-2010 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel (Post 534568)
I'd keep it above ground, at least you can paint/maintain it easily. You can also make something creative like make it look like a big Advil pill or something. :D

My cousin painted their tank to look like a giant watermelon and it looked very cool! :thumbup:


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