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Above Ground vs. Underground Propane Tanks Denver, NC
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According to the US Energy Information Administration, more than 10% of households in the United States rely on propane as their fuel source. Whether building a new home that will use propane or making the switch to propane, you will need to choose between an above ground or underground tank. Understanding the pros and cons of each can help you make a decision about which is right for you.

Propane is a hydrocarbon gas that is liquified through pressure. Propane gas is a non-toxic, clean-burning fuel that is an excellent choice for households. More than at-home use, propane can be used in farming, business, and different industries. Propane can be used for:

  • Pest control
  • Power up farm equipment
  • Power up irrigation pumps
  • Livestock house heating
  • Heating greenhouses
  • Power equipment, such as forklifts and electric welders
  • Fuel gas for fireplace
  • Fuel for barbeque grills
  • A backup electrical generator
  • Vehicle fuel

Propane tank sizes vary from 20 pounds to 1,000-gallon tanks. The size difference is quite significant. Yet, many homes can get by with 50-gallon tanks.

Above Ground Tanks

The most significant disadvantage to an above ground propane tank is that it can be an eyesore. A large propane tank is difficult to hide, and it can interrupt the beauty of your lawn’s landscape. However, above ground propane tanks have their advantages.

  1. Above ground tanks are less expensive.
  2. They are easily accessible to refill or check the amount of propane gas inside the tank.
  3. They incur lower installation and maintenance fees.
  4. They are easy to install and secure in place.

Underground Tanks

For homeowners who must abide by HOA design standards or who do not want to see an above ground tank, the biggest advantage is obvious: an underground tank is hidden and unseen. Another benefit to an underground tank is that they are temperature controlled because they are less exposed to extreme heat and cold.

Aside from their notable advantages, underground tanks do have disadvantages.

  1. Underground tanks will cost more because of the installation necessary.

Before an underground tank can be installed, you will need to account for the cost of excavation, labor, and anodes. All of this work requires extra workers and equipment, which will increase the initial investment cost for your underground propane tank.

  1. Before installation, you will have to “prepare your property for excavation” per government policies. Waiting for certified permits is time-consuming.
  2. If your home has a septic system, you will have to contact a septic company to dig the hole for the underground propane tank. This cost will be on you.
  3. An underground tank is less accessible. Thus, it is harder to check the amount of fuel inside the tank. It is also more difficult to refill.

Both above ground and underground propane tanks have their advantages and disadvantages. In the end, underground tanks are initially more expensive due to the upfront costs of installation. However, once those costs are out of the way, underground tanks are generally the better option for most homeowners.

Quality Propane, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company. We provide value-added service first and foremost to clients in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. We offer propane stoves, propane heaters, and much more for commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial clients throughout the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Our locally owned and operated propane company was founded with a focus on being the type of company that can take a commodity product business and turn it into a value-added service company.

Call us today for all of your propane gas needs.

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5928 Hwy 150 East (PO Box 549)
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: (704) 489-9394

Sept - April 8:00AM - 5:00PM
May - August 8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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Steve & Melinda Semer

We contacted Quality Propane after many incidents of poor customer service with our previous propane provider. From the beginning we noticed a difference. They came out immediately and gave us a brand new tank, hooked it up, and filled it on the day they had arranged with us. Since then, we have enjoyed their ‘flawless automatic service.’ We always have propane available for out ‘Chimnea’ fireplace in our living room. It is truly the best decision that we’ve made

Clark & Donna Little

We recently purchased a home where upon inspection of our propane furnace and gas logs by Quality Propane found several issues that needed attention. Tyler came out and took care of everything. He was very thorough and took time to explain our systems, even set us up with a new remote control and thermostat that work great! From our very first call, the service has been outstanding. I am so glad we called. Certainly is obvious why our neighbors and friends all use them. In our view, their "Worry Free Service Guarantee" is an understatement. It is a sincere pleasure working with such a great company. Thank you Tyler, Terry, Vickie and the whole team!

Elizabeth Johnson

I switched from a larger propane company and am so glad that I made the switch! The service was fantastic and everyone I spoke with was just as fantastic and knowledgeable. I am a huge proponent for supporting local businesses and QP is a stellar example of the reason why. The service, knowledge, friendliness and common sense was evident. In addition, the technician expressed his gratitude and how much he liked working for QP. All signs of a great local business!

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5928 Hwy 150 East (PO Box 549)
Denver, NC 28037

(704) 489-9394

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