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Underground Tank or Above-Ground Tank: Which Propane Set-Up is Right for You?

Last updated 6 years ago

If you’re in the process of building a new home, then you have a choice when it comes to your propane set-up. So which is right for you: an underground tank or an above-ground tank? To answer this question, let’s explore the pros and cons of each option:



One of the biggest benefits of having an underground tank installed is that the propane will perform better in extremely cold temperatures. In addition to keeping the tank warm, the earth does something else for an underground propane tank: It hides it! If your home requires a 1,990 gallon propane tank, which is almost 24 feet long and nearly five feet high, then you’ll be glad to have it tucked away neatly beneath your property where no one can see it. Yet underground tanks are not without their drawbacks: Because they have to be installed using very specific methods and materials, an underground propane tank can cost much more to install than an above-ground tank.


Depending on where you live, an above-ground propane tank may offer the most accessible fill connection all year long. For example, it can be difficult to find the fill connection on an underground tank if you live in a region with substantial amounts of snowfall. However, an above-ground tank will be subjected to extreme temperature swings—so while you may have better access to the fill connection in the winter months, an above-ground propane tank will struggle to vaporize the liquid. Keep in mind that a propane tank is not small, so unless you have a large enough property to hide an above-ground tank, you will have to look at it every day.

To discuss your tank options, contact the propane installation and service experts here at Kamps Propane by dialing (209) 823-7641. With over 40 years of experience in the propane industry, we know a thing or two when it comes to installing residential propane tanks.


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