Products - Direct Propane Services - Central Texas & the Hill Country (2023)

Direct Propane Services offers a wide variety of tank installations that will meet the needs of the customer. There are several factors to consider when purchasing a propane tank and we are willing to discuss your propane needs with you. We offer consultations on choosing the right size and the right location to place the tank. If you have questions about purchasing a tank, please feel free to call our office today to speak with someone about purchasing a propane tank!

Factors for choosing the right size propane tank
There are several factors to consider when selecting a tank for your home, business or project. We can more accurately size the tank for you according to your needs.

The Economics of a Propane Tank Size
An important factor to think about when purchasing a propane tank is storage volume.Customers can buy a larger than needed tank, which will allow them to buy larger quantities of propane during periods of lower gas prices to avoid price spikes that may occur.For example, if a propane customer has a 250 gallon tank and they use 400 gallons a year they will be forced to order propane 2 times a year.However, if they had a 500 gallon tank they would only have to order propane 1 time per year and they would save money.Not only does it give you a price advantage, but it also gives you the ability to prepare for cold winters.Therefore, selecting a larger tank is very beneficial because it will reduce home heating costs.

Residential Propane Tanks-Sizes and Factors
Propane is a widely used heat source for many homes in rural and suburban settings.It is a safe and efficient alternative fuel to natural gas for essentially the same purposes. Factors that determine the size of tank needed for a residence include:

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  • Total square footage of the home
  • Propane appliances installed in the home
  • Geographical location-smaller homes in colder climates will require larger propane tanks
  • Total BTU load (BTU’s of all installed propane appliances)
  • Pool heater-propane heated pools are high BTU appliances

Please keep in mind that as your propane company we can more accurately size the tank for you according to your needs.

Commercial and Industrial Propane Tanks-Sizes and Factors
Propane is widely used as a commercial and industrial fuel for numerous high volume usage activities.These types of large volume applications range from fleet fueling, agricultural heating and commercial kitchen cooking to resale cylinder filling and forklift fueling.There are so many different industrial and commercial uses for propane that choosing a proper tank size to suit the application requirements can sometimes be complex.Tanks for commercial propane uses are generally larger than residential propane tanks. Factors that determine the size of tank needed for a commercial and industrialinclude:

  • Volume or Usages
  • Forklift
  • Fleet Refueling or Motor Fuel
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Dispenser Propane
  • Temporary tank installation
  • Year round or Part time

Information about Tank Installations
A propane tank installation is something that is to be performed by a licensed propaneprofessional only. Attempting to install your own propane tank is not advisable under any circumstance. Nor is it legal.Direct Propane Services offers free tankinstallationbids.We will send a service technician to your home or business to discuss the installation and answer any questions that the customer has about the installation.We offer a turn key installation, which makes it convenient to customers and will result ina years of trouble free propane service. You will only have to call us for your propane installation needs and services. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Tank Installation Preparation
Once you have chosen the appropriate tank size for your home or business, then you need to make an appointment with Direct Propane Services to come out and set your tank.We will send an authorized service technician to your home or business to install the tank. Other decisions that need to be made prior to the service technician arriving:

  • The proper placement of the tank.The tank needs to be installed to meet the distance requirements.
  • Pour a concrete pad or have concrete blocks to place tank on.
  • You also need to check the regulations in your subdivision and building restrictions that may have certain requirements that need to be met before installing the tank.
  • The proper permitting requirements have been met.
  • Installation of tank will be in direct path of the propane delivery truck once it is installed.Preventing a driver from running over septic systems or in a customer’s yard is something to think about before installing thetank.
  • For underground installations, some people prefer to dig the hole to reduce cost.If this is the case, the hole must be dug prior to the service technician arriving to install the tank and must be dug with the correct dimensions.
  • Any other preparations that need to be made by the customer or company, will be discussed prior to the installation.

Installation Process
The service technician will arrive at the scheduled time with the proper equipment to install the tank.The tank will be set and leveled on a concrete pad or blocks if it is an aboveground or in the hole if it is an underground.After the tank is set and leveled, the service technician will install the gas yard line hooking each end to the gas plumbing stub out and the propane tank regulator.They will then cover the trenched line up and begin a pressure check (also known as a leak check).Usually before performing the leak check, the propane delivery driver will arrive during the installation and fill the tank with the requested amount of gas.Following the pressure check and safety inspection, the installers will light the appliances, check for proper appliance installation and proper operation.If the customer has any questions, they can ask the technician about the installation, service and/or delivery schedules.

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Information about Propane Tanks
We offer a general guide about your propane tank for safety reasons.

Basic Propane Tank Requirements
Several things that customers should know about their propane tank easily seen without having to know the technicalities of propane tanks and the regulations tanks are subject to. Listed below are simple tank related safety and compliance items consumers can see for themselves without having to know technical details.

  • Manufacturers Nameplate- Containers without nameplates are not permitted to be filled
  • Tank Paint Color- Propane tanks are required to be painted a reflective color
  • Regulator Position- Propane regulator must be covered and protected or pointed vertically down
  • Level Placement- The tank must be placed above the soil and on level ground

Propane Tank Parts
The visible parts of the propane tank as shown in the picture above play a vital role in the usability and serviceability of the gas tank. All of these parts are attached to the tank at the manufacturer with threaded fittings. These specialized propane tank parts consist of the following replaceable fittings and connections.

  • Fill Valve- Point at which hose from delivery truck is attached to the tank for re-fueling
  • Relief Valve- Safety relief mechanism designed to vent propane in an over-pressure situation
  • Service Valve- Point at which propane is converted to vapor for use with appliance(s)
  • Fixed Liquid Level Gauge- Indicates the level of propane is at or above 80% capacity
  • Float Gauge- Presents a visible indication of the propane volume in the tank. Also called a dial gauge
  • Vapor Return Valve- Connection used during propane delivery to remove excess tank pressure
  • Liquid Withdrawal Valve- Used to withdraw liquid propane from the tank

Tanks sizes and Information
We offer several tank sizes above and underground to serve your home, business or project needs.

Direct Propane Services is willing to discuss with you what size tank you want to install and your needs.We have several sizes to choose from that will accommodate our residential and business customers.

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120 Gallon Tank
120 gallon tanks are primarily used as residential tanks for smaller homes that have a lower usageor don’t have heating as one of their usages.
These tanks are offered as aboveground installations only.

Features of a 120 Gallon Tank

  • Most common tank used for small homes and mobile homes
  • A 120 Gallon Tank holds 96 gallons when full, full is approximately 80%(weather permitting).
  • Available for temporary installations
  • We install tanks according to the railroad commission codes and regulations.
  • Please contact us for pricing and information about the installation.

120 Gallon Tank Specifications

  • Dimensions24 X 67 inches
  • Approximate Weight 260 lbs

250 Gallon Tank
250 Gallon Tanks are primarily used as residential tanks for homes that have a normal usage and the larger amount of usage will be predominantly in the winter months.A 250 gallon tank can be installed aboveground or underground.

Features of a 250 Gallon Tank

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  • Most common tank used for residences
  • A 250 Gallon Tank holds 200 gallons when full, full is approximately 80%(weather permitting).
  • Available for temporary installations
  • We install tanks according to the railroad commission codes and regulations.
  • For underground tanks, we include high potential magnesium anode for cathodic protection of the tank as well as sand backfill to protect the underground coating.
  • Please contact us for pricing and information about the installation.

250 Gallon Tank Specifications

  • Dimensions 30 X 92 inches
  • Approximate Weight 480 lbs
  • Hole Dimensions(for a 250 Underground)
  • 4.3' Deep • 4' Wide • 7' Long
  • We use anode and sand to pack the underground in.

500 Gallon Tank
500 Gallon Tanks have many usages.They can be used for all propane home or a home that requires a lot of heat.We have several commercial accounts such as restaurants, roofing companies etc. who use the 500 gallon tank.A 500 gallon tank can be installed aboveground or underground.

Features of a 500 Gallon Tank

  • A 500 Gallon Tank holds 400 gallons when full, full is approximately 80% (weather permitting).
  • Excellent tank for home owners that have higher than average usages.
  • Available for temporary installations
  • Install tanks according to the railroad commission codes and regulations.
  • For underground tanks, we include high potential magnesium anode for cathodic protection of the tank as well as sand backfill to protect the underground coating.
  • Please contact us for pricing and information about the installations.

500 Gallon Tank Specifications

  • Dimensions 37 X 120 inches
  • Approximate Weight 940 lbs
  • Hole Dimensions(for a 500 Underground)
  • 5.1'Deep • 4' Wide • 10' Long
  • We use anode and sand to pack the underground in.

1000 Gallon Tank
1000 Gallon Tanks have many usages as well.We set 1000 gallon tanks for industrial and commercial customers.We set 1000 gallon tanks for residential customers that have a very large home that is highly above average on its usage.We also can install a 1000 gallon tank for large restaurants that have an above average usage.In some cases we can install multiple tanks that can be piped together for high volume use.A 1000 gallon tank can be installed aboveground or underground.

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Features of a 1000 Gallon Tank

  • A 1000 Gallon Tank holds 800 gallons when full, full is approximately 80%(weather permitting).
  • Excellent tank for home owners that have large homes with a higher than average usage.
  • Available for temporary installations
  • Install tanks according to the railroad commission codes and regulations.
  • For underground tanks, we include high potential magnesium anode for cathodic protection of the tank as well as sand backfill to protect the underground coating.
  • Please contact us for pricing and information about installations.

1000 Gallon Tank Specifications

  • Dimensions 41 X 190 inches
  • Approximate Weight 1800 lbs
  • Hole Dimensions(for a 1000 Underground)
  • 6' Deep • 4' Wide • 15' Long
  • We use anode and sand to pack the underground in.

Inquiries about larger tanks
Please call our officefor discussion about larger tank installations.

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