Propane Tank Week: 100 Gallons, the Fireplace’s Friend

Propane Tank Week hits the halfway point, with our first look at a stay-put residential tank. Today it’s the 100 galloner.

The 100 gallon tank: A loyal, one-appliance kind of tank. (image: larryecm via

Size: 100 gallons, with an 80 gallon capacity (what’s the deal with that?)

Nickname: The Fireplace’s Friend, The Sous Chef

Related Tanks: The 60 galloner, the 120 galloner

Uses: The 100-gallon tank can be thought of as a supply for one major appliance. So for folks who just want to supply a water heater, propane fireplace, the gas range in the kitchen, or even a potter’s kiln, this is their guy. Though the tank could also be a solid candidate for home heating in temperate climates, where there were only a few chilly nights a year. The size makes them less obtrusive and easier to install — but that also means more deliveries in smaller (and therefore pricier!) volumes.

Who Knew? The 100-gallon propane tank is a popular choice for barbecue enthusiasts who repurpose the tanks as smokers. Like this guy

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