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Old 09-16-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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I am wondering if anyone knows what size tank I will need outside my home for a gas fireplace, it will not be used for heat or anything else. Does anyone have any experience with the typical costs of using one for a fireplace occasionally? I would hate to not be able to turn on a gas fireplace in the winter months because it is not hooked up.
Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:04 PM
 
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Unless you are going to tote it for filling yourself, get a 100 gallon tank so that you have plenty of room for plenty of gas. We use ours only for gas logs and go through two tanks each winter. Cost for hook-up will be oh so minimal compared to the price of propane!
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:20 PM
 
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We use ours only for gas logs and go through two tanks each winter.
Two 100-gallon tanks of propane each winter just for your gas fireplace?
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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I know, it surprised me at first too. The fireplace is double-sided and rises up thru the open space to upstairs so I suppose it works double time. Other hand, our electric "heat" bill is low, low, low!
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:49 AM
 
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100 gallons is the smallest size most folks will rent. Set up costs will vary depending on your location and what needs to be done. There are very specific code requirements to where the tank can be located, so the run/lenght of line may vary. Plan on $100 - $300 for installation, tank rental of $50-100 per year if you don't use all of the propane, and then the price of the propane which varies.

Depending on what side of town you're on, I've had possitive experiences with Apex Propane, and on the east side, TR Lee Oil in Clayton.

Good luck. You'll enjoy the convenience for the fireplace, and if you grill out a lot, go ahead and plan to hook up the gas grill too. No more trips to HD or Lowe's!
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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Wow!
Thanks so much for all the useful advice
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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I want to cut out the rental and buy a 40lb tank, does anyone know where to buy the outside regulator?
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Two 100-gallon tanks of propane each winter just for your gas fireplace?
No kidding. Last year, we only used 180 gallons of propane to heat our house and for cooking. Granted, our furnace only runs when the outdoor temp is below 35 degrees (dual fuel heat pump), but still, 200 gallons for a fireplace means your propane guy is ripping you off.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:30 PM
 
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The set up fees by any of the local companies are high. I finally found a great company. My propane butler. I can buy my own tank filled with propane and regulator cheaper than i can get a rental set up. Then the refills are under 100. Other companies are over 200 each time we fill 100 gallon tank. Thats 50 percent savings. And no rental fees. this company responded to each email i had and actually has someone that answers the phone. after I placed my order my tank was set to be delivered and installed in two days. awesome. if you use them and I don't know why you wouldn't want to save 50 percent then tell them you heard it from Ginger. Also they deliver the tanks for your gas grills too.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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Would it be safe to run gas or propane fire place all night
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