Getting Ready for Your Propane Tank Installation

June 19, 2019

So, you’ve made the choice to use propane in your home? Smart decision – propane is a versatile, safe and cost-effective energy source. And preparing for your installation is quick and easy.

A basic installation takes only a couple of hours and can be booked within a few days, depending on the complexity, weather and our technician or Certified Partner’s availability. Your basic install package includes the materials to install your tank, tank bases/blocks, gas line required to install the tank (up to 10 feet from where the line enters the house), fittings to hook up to the gas line, and travel up to 80 kilometres each way.

Our experts have created the following preparation checklist to help make the process smooth and seamless.


  • Ready your indoor appliances.

    Make sure all your propane appliances are fully installed and vented, with the gas line piped to the outside wall. The only exception to this is if you live in British Columbia, where you are able to install the appliances after the tank install so that your gas-fitter can complete the final connection when they are installing your appliances.

  • Clear a path.
    Please ensure that there is a clear path (at least 4 ft. wide) for a tank mover and bulk truck to get to the tank location. The hose on a bulk truck can reach up to 80 ft. from where the truck is parked. If there are any obstacles that may cause a delay to your installation, such as overhead wires, let us know ahead of time so we can help and plan around them. Larger tanks may need additional clearance for crane trucks to get close to the final tank location.

  • Prepare the ground.
    The ground where your tank will go should have gravel, cement or a firm ground base. The ground must be level and adhere to specific clearances, depending on the size of tank you need.

    For a 420-lb cylinder or vertical-style tank — our smallest permanent tank designed for auxiliary heating for water heaters, fireplaces, pools and heaters — the clearance must be 3 ft. away from windows and doors and 10 ft. away from any sources of ignition and air intakes. This type of tank can be placed against a building.

    For a 500 USWG horizontal-style tank — ideal for residential heating — the clearance must be 10 ft. away from your home, any building or structure, the property line, windows and doors, and any sources of ignition and air intakes (for example, heat pumps and air conditioners).

    To find out what size will work best for you, check out our “What size tank do I really need?” blog post.

  • Complete the trenching.
    Trenching needs to be 18” deep or 24” deep if under a driveway, with no right angles. Be sure to complete trenching before the installation. To stay safe and avoid hydro lines, call your local utilities before you dig.  If you need help with trenching, speak with your sales representative, we can help you find someone in your area.

  • Make sure you’re home.
    Our technicians will be sharing tips and instructions, so it’s a good idea to be there during your installation. At the very least, we’ll need an adult with signing authority for your home to be present and sign the installation inspection form.

We hope this guide is helpful and gives you a better idea of what to expect. If for any reason you are not able to be present at the time of installation or have any other questions, contact us or call us any time at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467).   

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