I'm buying a house with an empty 250gal propane tank. I don't want to
fill the tank before I own the house, and I don't want to take cold
showers until the propane man comes by and fills my tank.
Is it possible to hookup a small 5gal bottle for a couple days using
the same fittings attached to the big tank? The "inner thread" on both
tanks look similar, and I want to be sure there's not a problem with
pressure or the regulator.
Okay, I could only use one appliance at a time for a while, and
probably not use the heater. Would it be sufficient for a water
heater? That's the important thing.
I did my inspection a couple of months ago and everything worked.
The tank has drained since then (water heater was left on, house is
So the threads and regulator should be compatible, and I can
operate the water heater? If the bottle gets cold, i'm probably
overdoing it correct?
Call the Realtor and/or seller and tell them you need to be able to check
the furnace and water heater and stove during the walk thru. You're willing
to reimburse them at closing for the cost of , say 100 gallons of propane if
they go ahead and have it put in. Or have the thing filled and reimburse
for the whole tank. After all, you intend to fill it if you go through with
the closing and move in. If you find that the above appliances don't work
and the seller is not willing to repair or replace them, you don't close and
thus don't pay for the propane. Around here, it's customary to settle up at
closing for fuel oil or propane left by the seller. Or the seller has the
I seriously doubt even a 20 LBS tank would supply a water heater. Might
cause it damage if the pressure or flow drops too low.
I used for a time a propane bullet heater at a fire damaged house it
was under construction.
I couldnt use a larger heater because they required a BIG tank, the
heater had a warning label on it attempting to run this on less than a
100 pound tank can result in a explosion.
something similiar occured in this area today, low natural gas pressure
caused a furnace to explode, the gas company had to turn off service to
a entire town till it was fixed, very disruptive with temperatures
Your spending how many thousands on the home, spend the bucks for
propane and work something out wih the seller.
a 5 pound tank is too small to do anything, its about the size of one
used on a propane torch
we use a 20lbs tank on a water heater every year.
serves showers for ~10-15 people for a day or two.
Of course, we know nothing about the OPs situation and equipment, so
we can't really say if it'll work.
I suspect the guy meant 5 gallon tank, which would be a reasonable
eyeball aproximation of a 20lbs tank.
May no harm befall you,
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
A 20 lb propane tank powers a 150,000 btu roof torch fine . so fine to
the point the tank can freeze so I see no reason you can not do it, I
think the tank holds maybe 280000 BTU so it will work for a long while.
280000 Btu will heat alot of water, enough for one person for maybe
I was waffling on whether the 20 lb'r would work on a water heater
so I found a site that gives btu draw capacity as a function of tank
size & out side temp
as a kid I had the brilliant idea to supply a gas bbq off a hand torch
didn't work, needless to say.
even at 70F a 20 lb'r is under capacity for 150,000 btu torch.....the
fact that the tank freezes up is an indication of under capacity.
OTOH a 20 lb'r will supply ~40 kbtu/hr easily
so most medium (~40 gal) sized water heaters would be fine
but a 75 gallon unit could be a problem depending on local temps
btw rule of thumb for propane water heaters
40 gallon, 40,000 btu/hr
75 gallon, 75,000 btu/hr
higher btu/hr, higher recovery rates....lower, lower
Yes, it should work. (Two tanks would be better.) It will also allow
you to test the gas appliances. Someone else already mentioned this;
don't ruin the copper tubing when you move the fitting to the little
Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll use it strictly for hot water and
watch the temperature of the tank (see if it gets cold).
Again, this is just for a couple of days, and it'd be nice to know
it'd work in the future if I accidentally drain the big tank again.
The house we're buying is "as-is" and was inspected by a licensed
inspector. Everything worked during inspection, the bottle simply
drained between then and now. The seller is buying a home warranty
with the house, so that covers the hvac and appliances.
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On 24 Oct 2006 13:15:13 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Have it filled, check everything and pay for contents at closing.
Who own's the tank? In many locations the propane supplier owns the
tank. Work it out wit5h them to fill, inspect and be sure it is full at
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