There are many different sizes of propane tanks, but the tanks commonly used for backyard barbecues weigh 37 to 38 pounds when full. Manufacturers stamp the weight of the empty tank on its collar after the letters "TW." These tanks hold approximately 5 gallons, or 20 pounds, of propane.
The type of cylinder determines how a company fills it. Companies normally fill the 20-pound tanks by weight and tanks for forklift fuel by volume. Some companies charge by the tank, so if customers bring in tanks that are still one-quarter full, they pay the same price as customers who bring in empty tanks. Many retailers offer exchange tanks, allowing customers to bring in their empty tanks, pay a fee and leave with full tanks.Learn More
A propane tank should be stored outdoors and away from a house or garage. It should be kept upright, away from heat and in a dry location. Before storage, it should be inspected to be sure it is in good condition.Full Answer >
A vertical 120-gallon propane tank is 55 inches tall and 30 inches in diameter, whereas a horizontal tank of the same capacity is 24 inches in diameter and 66 inches long. A 120-gallon tank holds 96 gallons of propane to allow for expansion.Full Answer >
The full weight of a 30-pound propane tank is approximately 55 pounds, when the tank is completely filled. The size of a propane tank that holds 30 pounds of propane is a 7-gallon bottle.Full Answer >
Propane gas is used to power grills, outdoor kitchens, space heaters, generators, fireplaces and clothes dryers, states the Propane Education and Research Council. It is also used as an alternative fuel source in vehicles and to power professional landscaping and agricultural equipment.Full Answer >