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Old 12-15-2008, 11:37 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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On how average would a 250 gallon propane tank last? I have one at my house and all the major appliances run on it; the stove/oven, central furnace, dryer and water heater.

Since I will be living alone most of the stuff will see very light usage for the most part. In my area I have been quoted around $2.35 a gallon. Once I have it filled I am sure it may last me a good long while.

What's the average time for those of you that have LP tanks at your home before you have to refill?
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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You're going to get many responses because there is many variables. Square footage, insulation, windows, thickness of the walls...teenagers? The list is endless. Try doing a search for heat loss calculator.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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The last post is correct. You are going to get lots of answers here. We are currently full time in our Motor Home and we have a 15 gallon tank. It lasts 3 months if we dont need heat and 2 weeks when we need the heat (if it's a little cold out). I suspect it is the same in a home. Water heater and stove usage is minimal. But the furnace just sucks it up like a jet fighter.

$2.35 a gallon is a pretty good price. I just paid that last week and the guy assured me he was the cheapest in town. I agree because I seen the other price signs sometimes even 25 cents more then that
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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You're going to get many responses because there is many variables. Square footage, insulation, windows, thickness of the walls...teenagers? The list is endless. Try doing a search for heat loss calculator.
Ok here let me help out here. The house is 1283 sq. ft., thickness of the walls are 3.5 inches and the insulation thats there currently is the rock wool insulation type. No kids as I live alone. Windows, single-pane aluminum windows though they will be replaced with better ones later on.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Ok here let me help out here. The house is 1283 sq. ft., thickness of the walls are 3.5 inches and the insulation thats there currently is the rock wool insulation type. No kids as I live alone. Windows, single-pane aluminum windows though they will be replaced with better ones later on.
Still lean on the items that would determine what the usage would be. Average temp in winter, low temp and how long it usually stays there. Temp you keep the interior, windy, North facing exposure or South, actual square footage of the windows, attic insulation (More important than wall insulation), slab or basement. Type of siding, type of sheeting on the exterior and interior of the walls, good venting of the attic or not. etc....

Not to be a dick here, but there is just way too many things that go into fuel usage in each individual house to even hazard a guess. If you get a real cold snap, you could burn through that 250 gallons in 3 or 4 weeks, or it could last a few months. I have gone through as low as 650 gallons a year in Northern Maine to as many as 1200 gallons a year in the same exact house. It really all depends on too many variables to be able to guess, even in a house you know well, let alone one you have never seen.

Honestly down in your area, I would expect it to last quite a long time, but that all depends on what temp you like it in the house.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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It's possible to do a theoretical calculation, but probably previous owner's experince and/or experience of neighbors will be more reliable.

Space heat will probably be your main user, depends on outside temperature and wind speed, inside temperature, and how good you are at keeping the doors and windows tightly shut.

To offer a SWAG, I'd expect the 250 tank to last you at least a couple of months. Most tanks have level indicators. We have a 500 gallon tank, using propane sparingly in an old 1950's or 1960's vintage forced air furnace but sparingly, this is more than enough to go a full year, so as to buy in August, when the price is generally as good as it gets.

But your mileage may vary.

Propane is not very cost-competitive for space heat, etc.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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Check with the supplier maybe? If there is no name on the tank and/or it's a home'owned one, call until you find out who it is.
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:00 PM
 
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There are indeed a lot of determining factors however as a reference I've done a quick comparable calc to help you out. I have a 3,800 SF home with vaulted ceilings. It is new so has good R value. The winter is not at it's lowest temp but it is kicking on regularly. (Approx 30 deg avg) The upstairs I keep at 65 during my time at work then it jumps to 69. The downstairs stays at 65 unless I'm down there. I have to refill my 250 gal tank about every 2 mos. However, I am only using propane for the heat & fireplace. So if conditions are comparable it is reasonable to assume if heat is the primary usage & periodic of the others I'd say you should get approx 5 mos. Let us know how it turns out
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