500 gallon propane tanks are usually installed to store propane for residential and small commercial uses.
So how much does a 500 gallon propane tank weigh?
Liquid propane weighs around 4.24 pounds (1.92 kg).
A 500-gallon tank filled with propane weighs approximately 2,120 pounds (961 kg).
When added to the weight of the tank, it totals between 3,020 to 3,320 pounds (1,369 to 1,505 kg).
But, a 500-gallon propane tank can only hold 80% of its capacity. This means a full tank contains 400 gallons of propane.
400 gallons of propane weighs 1,696 pounds (769 kg).
When the weight of the tank is added, the tank and its contents weigh between 2,596 to 2,896 pounds (1,177 to 1,313 kg).
How Much Does An Empty 500 Gallon Propane Tank Weigh?
An empty 500-gallon propane tank weighs between 900 to 1,200 pounds (408 to 544 kg).
These large tanks are designed to keep propane contained above or below ground. They are made from steel, which is treated to reduce the possibility of corrosion.
Key components of a modern propane tank include:
- Service valve
- Liquid level float gauge
- Pig tail
- Filler valve
- Relief valve
- Liquid level valve
Certain risks are associated with installing any size of propane tank. This means homeowners and business owners need to follow strict rules and regulations.
Propane tanks of this size should be kept a minimum of 10 feet away from buildings or property lines.
~ Fun Fact ~
The 80% fill rule applies to everyone who owns a 500-gallon propane tank. This is why these tanks should only be filled with a maximum of 400 gallons of propane. Like most liquids, propane expands when it heats up. This is especially true during the hotter summer months.
This expansion of propane can be dangerous, especially if a tank is filled to the brim. When propane heats up, it can increase in volume by almost 17% more than water!