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Old 11-14-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 11-14-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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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

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Not allowed to bury here anymore.All propane tanks now have to be above ground
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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.
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Thanks to all for the very useful comments! I will be sure to check with the supplier before making this important decision.
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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
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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.
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good idea!
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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.
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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.
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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???
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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.
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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???
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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!

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