If you have propane tank in your yard, you understand the many benefits of using this green energy source. However, most tanks are rather large and they typically aren’t ascetically pleasing. Fortunately, this can be fixed fairly easy, and you can either find ways to make your propane tank blend in better with your yard or turn it into a fun and quirky conversation piece.
The size of the tank affects the distance from which the tank must be placed from your home, but generally, it will be about 10 feet away from the house. This distance definitely can make it difficult to hide, but you can simply surround it and treat it like it is part of your landscaping. Place a high picket-type fence around three sides of the tank and plant plenty of flowers around the fencing. Set out a bird bath, as well, for extra ambiance. Another option would be to simply surround it on three sides with fencing that matches what you have currently and then decorate with large, pretty pots filled with flowers.
Another option would be to get really creative and apply some paint to your propane tank. Instead of a propane tank, transform it into an enormous watermelon or a yellow submarine. Paint it the colors of your favorite football team or turn it into an oversized corn on the bob. You could also paint it light blue with white clouds or even have some type of mural painted on the tank.
It is important to note that painting the tanks does have a few safety issues. Many states regulate the colors that you can use when painting your tank. This is because very dark colors that do not reflect light will cause the tank to heat up, and this makes the propane in your tank expand, which can be dangerous. Using light colors that are light-reflective will help keep your tank nice and cool. It’s also important to remove the rust, as this can also make the tank heat up. You also should use paint that repels rust, as well as rust-repellant primer.
Be sure to ask your propane company if painting is permissible if you rent your tank. If you really want to paint the tank, it might be wise to consider buying a propane tank. Thrifty Propane, for instance, offers tanks for sale and you can even have a free tank provided you pre-purchase propane. For instance, if you pre-buy 2,500 gallons, you can get a free 500-gallon tank. Just be sure to buy when the propane prices are low, typically during the hottest months of the year. A typical new 500-gallon tank would cost at least $1,000 plus installation costs, so pre-buying for a free tank can be a very cost-effective option.
In some areas, you also could consider the option of having your tank buried underground. Generally the tanks that are buried are larger, from 500 to 1,000 gallons. The price is also a bit higher because of the extra cost of digging and installation. You might pay about $200-$300 more for an underground tank, but this extra expense might be worth the cost to you.
Cath Buhr enjoys writing reviews on propane retailers. For more information about Pittsburgh propane retailers or to find local Pittsburgh propane prices, please check out the Thrifty Propane site today.
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