Nothing puts a damper on a barbecue like running out of propane before the last burger is cooked.

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly how much propane you’d need for grilling or other tasks so you’d know when you were at risk of running out?

How do you know how much propane you’ll need?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. You won’t find a manual telling you a family of four will need Xgallons of propane per winter, or that the 20 lb tank attached to your grill will last for Y hours.

That’s because so many factors are at work here. What type of tank do you have? How big is it? How much heat does your grill produce? How long does it typically take you to grill your food? It’s much more involved than just saying “this tank will produce about four hours of propane use.” There’s no way the manufacturer can know that.

There are guidelines, however. By using a complicated formula outlined nicely here, you can find out how long your grill’s tank will last based on your average usage.

Calculating an estimated usage for your home’s tank, however, is a taller order. There’s no shortage of factors that can affect your usage, including:

  • Your thermostat setting
  • The energy efficiency of your windows
  • The number of people in your home
  • The number of propane appliances used
  • How often the appliances are used
  • The number of bathrooms your home has

Luckily, you don’t have to calculate your expected usage yourself. The experts at Lakes Gas Co. are experienced in accounting for all the factors that could affect your usage and recommending the proper amount. We also have a variety of buying and delivery options to ensure you won’t run out.

Contact us today!

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