Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Propane can be small and portable, or fuel a home discreetly, almost invisibly, from an underground tank.

An ASME propane tank can be buried with minimal excavation costs, leaving only a small dome visible just inches above the ground. This dome allows for easy servicing and refilling, and it can be easily screened with shrubs or other plantings to blend seamlessly into a home's overall landscaping.

When selecting a location for the placement of a DOT cylinder or ASME storage container, you should evaluate only accessible, safety-approved sites. Considerations should include:

  • Building and safety codes: These vary from location to location. Precedence must be given to state and local regulations and NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. Your propane professional will refer to this standard when planning placement of your containers. Extra copies are available from the National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269. Generally, tanks fall under a 10-foot rule with regard to clearance from the home and other structures. There are additional distance requirements for the point of transfer and the positioning of the tank's safety release valve.
  • Ease of access: Delivery trucks will need adequate access to refill tanks or exchange cylinders.
  • Customer's desires: Aesthetics play an important part in project success. Be sure to review proposed tank placement with your customer and discuss landscaping, if necessary.

To find out more about how underground propane tanks may be appropriate for your next project, download and view our fact sheet (PDF).

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