Propane Tank Pressure

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Propane Tank Pressure

Keeping warm in a mobile home or camper in the winter or enjoying an outdoor barbeque in the summer would be much more difficult without propane. Even patios can be made comfortable by a propane-powered heater. This highly portable energy form is typically conveyed and stored in one-pound, twenty-pound, 30-pound or 100-pound tanks.

Pressure Gauges

To know how much gas is in a consumer tank, especially one that is stored for a long time in between uses, pressure gauges with rather broad indicators are used. Green (full), yellow (low gas), and red (empty) bands display the fuel level and account for the variations due to different ambient temperatures.

Propane Tank Pressure Gauge

Unlike, natural gas appliances that operate at pressures around 7 inches of water column (WC) or 14.9 millibars, 1743 Pa, or about 0.25 psi (pounds per square inch, a common operating pressure range for propane (liquid petroleum or LP gas) appliances is 10 – 11 inches WC or 27.4 millibars, 2491 – 2739 Pa or about 0.36 – 0.40 psi.

Since the pressure in a propane tank can range between 100 and 200 psi, its pressure must be reduced and regulated for use in a home, motor home, camper or an outdoor gas appliance, typically to 10.5 inches water column.

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