Are there any propane tank gurus out there?

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Old 01-08-14, 10:02 AM
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Are there any propane tank gurus out there?

How much "reserve" is in a 500 gallon tank? Or, do they really twerk the gauge calibration for the first 10%?

The "Polar Vortex" cause many of us by surprise. My gauge was reading "zero". When I added 100 gallons of propane, the gauge reads 28%. (28% of 500 is 140)

To prevent future anxiety attacks, what is actually in my tank when the gauge reads 5% ish?
 
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Old 01-08-14, 11:41 AM
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Lawrosa, Thanks for the link.

However, I think I'm missing something... (Keep in mind that no one ever confused me with Einstein) If my gauge was reading zero - in 5 degree weather - and the truck that delivered the 100 gallons of propane was obviously 5 degrees also, how can my gauge read 28%? Based on the article, this could conceivably happen at, say 95 degrees. But my version of logic says that the zero shown isn't indicative of a truly empty tank.
 
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But my version of logic says that the zero shown isn't indicative of a truly empty tank.
Yes and on your bill how many gallons did you get?

Do the math based on 0% and the temp when it was filled....
 
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101 gallons

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Did you ask for 101 gallons ?
 
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Also note that the size of the propane tank is the volume of the entire space inside the tank, not how much propane it holds. The tank cannot be completely filled and are only filled to 80-85% to allow for expansion of the propane. This means your 500 gallon tank only holds about 400-425 gallons when completely full, making the 28% with 101 gallons correct.
 
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A-Ha! That could very well be the point that messed my "logic" up.
 
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