As lawn ornaments go, the aboveground propane tank ranks somewhere between an abandoned Camaro and an outhouse — unsightly but serving a crucial purpose.
So what can homeowners do when they rely on propane but want to pretty up the yard? They consider the artificial rock tank cover. And with the holidays approaching, gift givers have a few options for propane tank camouflage.
Big spenders will want to consider the BoulderLooks Lock Box. The cover can entomb a 250-gallon propane tank in five different rock patterns (including “Moss Rock” and “Latte”), and is durable enough to support a grown man standing on top. Despite weighing 350 pounds, the Lock Box is advertised as a quick install, and has a lid for easy access. It sells for $1,899.
Shoppers who only need to cover the refilling port on a buried tank will want to look at the full line of smaller stones at the Artificial Rock Outlet. They are available in a range of colors and sizes, some for under $100.
Or make it a stocking stuffer — and show your school pride — with a tank skirt for the 20-pounder next to your gas grill. These little propane ponchos shield your tank from the elements and cover up rust. Available for a range of colleges from the ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, they sell on amazon.com for $10 to $20.