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Understanding Proper Propane Tank Pressure!

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How much pressure is in my propane tank?

  • According to the publication NFPA58, a propane tank with 20 pounds (5 Gal) of gas at 70°F would have a pressure of 145 psi; at 90°F pressure would increase to 180 psi; at 105°F pressure continues to rise to 235 psi, and at 130°F pressures of 315 psi would be reached.
  • Why is this important to know?  Excessive pressures can cause the tank's safety relief valve to discharge.
  • What conditions contribute to excessive temperatures?  Answer:  Direct sun, dark paint colors, external heat sources, etc.
  • Always give consideration to temperature and pressure no matter what kind of tank you have to include propane boat tanks, propane buffer tanks, propane forklift tankspropane cylinders and propane mower tanks.
  • Pressure is not a measurement of volume.  A pressure gauge only informs you of the internal tank pressure.  

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