From the desk of Ol’ Doc Propane…”Stylin” with Gas


Recently, I had a request from a potential customer for a “designer” tank color. She and her husband were loathed to accept a white tank next to their dark brown, lake cottage. She felt that painting the tank the color of the house would make it disappear into the architecture. While she had a working knowledge of the Pantone Color System, she hadn’t realized why most propane tanks are white in the first place.

Dark colors attract and retain heat from the sun while light colors reflect heat back into the atmosphere. Consequently, dark propane tanks will heat quickly in the summer (especially in high sun areas) thus allowing the propane to expand and the safety valve engages spewing propane then lost to the atmosphere—your hard-earned dollars falling to the wayside. By the way, the safety valve is there for this purpose and a dangerous situation would not automatically exist.

Considering the tank color, however, one does have alternatives. Given the top of the tank may be accessed by your delivery person, a lattice-work enclosure might be a beautiful solution especially when landscaping includes a clematis plant of another type vine-like climber. A picket fence also gives your home a “New England” motif as does a stone wall. There are any number of options when it comes to “hiding” propane near the side of the building.

Finally, if the tank becomes too much of an aesthetics issue altogether, consider a buried (underground) tank. You’ll have to provide for excavation, but for some, it’s the best alternative by far. Please remember though, there will be a small cupola arising from the ground, as access for delivery is necessary.

As always, please remember, if ever you are ever in need of answers about propane, its delivery, storage, convenience, and versatility, give Viking Propane a call; you’ll be glad you did.

Please stay tuned for more helpful hints from Ol’ Doc Propane, your “LP Gastrologist.”