When Will Your Propane Tank Need A Refill?

Don’t run out of propane unexpectedly — at the grill or in your home.

propane delivery apex, nc Running out of propane can be a serious matter, especially if your furnace, water heater and major home appliances depend on it. If you let your propane tank run out completely, our team will need to perform a leak and safety test before we can deliver more fuel and restart your system. It’s a real mess.

But we can help you determine how quickly you’ll go through propane. We can even track the usage for you!

To determine how much propane you use throughout the year, you should consider how many British Thermal Units (Btu) of heat your equipment generates. When you know how many Btu your products will produce in an hour, day or week, you’ll have a sense of how long your propane tank will last.

How long will your propane supply last you?

On average, a residential furnace will generate roughly 100,000 Btu. One gallon of propane equals about 92,000 Btu. So, you can expect your furnace to use approximately one gallon of propane an hour.

Of course, your home may have other propane equipment and appliances, including a water heater, gas range, dryer and perhaps some home amenities like a propane fireplace insert or fire table.

The folks at Propane101.com broke down the numbers to determine how much fuel a standard propane-heated home will use on a cold week. The numbers range from 92.4 gallons/week (for a system running at 25% capacity for 12 hours/day) to 277.2 gallons/week (75% capacity for 12 hours/day).

If you have a 500-gallon propane tank (holding 400 gallons of fuel), you might run through a full tank in two to four weeks of seriously cool outdoor conditions.

How to avoid unexpected propane tank runouts

Rather than having to vigilantly check your tank gauge throughout the heating season, you can let LG Jordan Oil & Gas handle the planning for you with automatic propane delivery. Using your customer history and weather information, our computerized system determines how quickly you’re using fuel. Then we deliver propane right when you need it. There’s no fee for automatic delivery. In fact, customers enrolled in the program receive our low cash price!

How much cooking time is on a 20-pound grill tank?

Most freestanding gas grills use a 20-pound propane cylinder. This is the portable tank size you find a nearly all cylinder exchanges. Generally speaking, one of these cylinders will last about 18-20 hours if you use a medium-sized grill. This works out to about eight full cooking sessions per tank. Larger grills can burn through 20 pounds of propane in as little as 10 hours.

When it’s time to replenish your grill’s propane, we suggest dropping by the LG Jordan showroom at 314 North Hughes Street in Apex (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). We will refill your propane cylinder for less money than you’d pay at a tank exchange. Plus, we’ll give you more fuel.

And if your propane cylinder needs a safety check and recertification, we can handle that too!

From Apex to Raleigh to Fuquay-Varina — and many other nearby communities — North Carolina families trust LG Jordan Oil & Gas for their propane. Become a customer today.