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Propane Tank Installation: A Live Blog

Filling the Propane Tank

11:28am  Quick & efficient – tank has been filled!

Propane tank fill
Getting my first AmeriGas delivery!

11:20am Filling up the tank!

AmeriGas Propane Bobtail
AmeriGas bobtail arrives!

11:16am Just looked out the window and saw an AmeriGas bobtail pull up! Heading outside to grab some pictures – thankfully we’re not having rain at the moment!

The AmeriGas Propane Tank Installation:

10:45am Joe left and let me know that my tank would be filled later today – check back for pictures! He also reminded me that I’m a will-call customer, so I need to call my local AmeriGas office when my tank reaches 35% for a refill.

Propane Fireplace
A working propane fireplace!

10:34am The sign of a successful install – we have a working propane fireplace!

Joe testing the fireplace

10:30am Time to test the fireplace.

10:17am All set! Joe did a great job installing, going over safety protocol and explaining every step of the install process. I now know how to check my gauge, turn off the propane tank, recognize a leak and know where to call with questions or concerns.  Time to go inside & do some paperwork. Then it’s time to test out the fireplace!

Propane Tank Gauge
Tank gauge: at about 20% until my delivery later today.

10:12am The propane tank gauge is in increments of 10 in percentages.

10:10am We’re going through safety protocol – how to shut off the tank, how to read the gauge, who to call in case of emergency, how to detect a leak, etc (watch for future blogs on all of these topics!)
NOTE: Propane leaks are an EMERGENCY – if you suspect a leak, immediately call your local AmeriGas or 1-800-GAS-4YOU (1-800-427-4968), where you can reach someone 24/7.

10:04am We passed the pressure check! Joe made me smell propane so I could recognize the smell. Rotten eggs – YUCK!

Prepping for the leak check

9:59am Time for a leak check! Joe is putting a gauge on the tank and will pressurize the system. He’s also soaping up connections to make sure everything is tight. He’s going to bleed the gauge down to 10 lbs below tank pressure and make sure that it holds the pressure for 3 minutes. After that he’ll do a safety check.

Twin Stage Regulator
Meet my tank’s new twin stage regulator, which takes pressure down to half a pound.

9:48am Meet my propane tank’s very new twin stage regulator, which will take pressure to half a pound.  (In case you were wondering, the rain has finally stopped!)

9:46am “This line has a couple dings in it, so I’m going to cut a bit out to make it straighter & shorter” ~ Joe. Usually an install like this takes an hour, but since he’s blowing out the lines & testing to make sure everything is working OK, it will be a bit longer. I like how thorough he is!

9:43am Since there hasn’t been a propane tank hooked up in 4+ years here, Joe had to blow out the line to make sure there wasn’t anything (spider webs, water, etc) that would block the propane. “That was awesome – nothing came out of there!” Joe says.

9:35am My appliance can only  handle half a pound of pressure, so Joe is going to be installing a regulator.

AmeriGas Tank Install
Joe brings the tank around to put on the bricks.

9:15am Joe set the tank. He explained that the tank currently is about 20% full – if it was a full tank, it would weigh over 800 pounds!  Torrential rains – so we’re both hiding inside for a few minutes until it slows down!

AmeriGas Tank Install - Bricks
Joe sets the bricks for the tank to sit on

9:10am Joe set up the bricks where the tank will sit. It will be a ‎420 pound tank which holds 124 gallons.

Joe the AmeriGas service tech
Meet Joe, the AmeriGas Service Tech!

9:05am First off, it started POURING – complete downpour – as soon as Joe and I went around back to look at the line. We came inside (he even took his shoes off, how nice!) to check out the fireplace. There might be a problem with the lines since they haven’t been used in 4+ years and the shut off valve was left open (thanks previous homeowners) but he’s going to take a look at them. Out into the rain Joe went to start setting the tank and checking the lines!

Kuplsville AmeriGas Propane truck
AmeriGas Propane Truck, from the Kulpsville, PA office

8:56am AmeriGas service tech Joe arrives a few minutes ahead of schedule, even though it is raining. Neither sleet, nor snow, nor pouring rain will keep Joe away!

Background

I live in a home that is 100% run by electric. Did you just cringe as you read that? I don’t blame you; it’s an expensive way to run a home right now! When I moved into my home 4 years ago, there was a fireplace insert that wasn’t hooked up to anything. The home inspector mentioned that it was propane and would need to be hooked up to a tank – a tank that we didn’t have since we were on electric. With the increasing costs of electric, my husband and I have decided to save some energy costs by having a propane tank installed to run our fireplace.

Here’s our useless insert that by the end of today will provide heat!

Today is the day of my propane tank installation. And I’ve decided to do a live blog of the installation process. Stay tuned and check back often today for updates!

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9 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    That service truck is sparkling and Joe looks ready to go!
    PW

    • Posted January 27, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      Joe did such a great job on this install – he explained everything as he was doing it and wouldn’t leave before I knew how to turn off the tank, read the gauge, where to find contact info and recognize a leak and know what to do. Great work Joe – our AmeriGas service techs are the best!

  2. Posted January 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Nice installation. Tank looks great. That’s a beautiful fireplace and the logs/fire look so real. Hope it gets cold so you can enjoy it when you get home from a hard days work!
    PW

  3. Annie Marquis
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Nice Job Joe! Enjoy your fireplace Heidi!

  4. Warren Patterson
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I had the same great experience when AmeriGas hooked up our home service. Very friendly, safe, and thorough! Thanks for sharing and the pictures to illustrate to others how simple it can be. Warren

  5. Robert Brantley
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Nice job capturing step by step installation.

  6. David Dangerfield
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Heidi,

    Great pictures of the installation. Did you use your fireplace alot this year, since it was very warm?

    David D.

    • Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Hi David,
      I haven’t been able to use it as much as I’d hoped. We have been able to enjoy some nice nights as the family in front of a working fireplace which is nice!
      Thanks,
      Heidi

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