Based on how long the propane lasted in our 250 gallon tank, when we added the 500 gallon tank in November, I figured we had enough propane to last us a year.
Shortly after getting the new tank, we got a new washer/dryer and the dryer is propane where the old one was electric.
The old stove had wimpy burners — the power burner on it was 12,000 BTU. The power burners on the new stove (and both front ones are power burners) are 17,000 BTU each. Apparently, when they say power burner, they mean POWER burner!
Over the weekend, just 4-1/2 months after filling that 500 gallon tank, I happened to look at the gauge, thinking it should be at least 60% full. NO! It was 30% full. I said “Vince! Look at this gauge!” He couldn’t believe it. We had burned down to 30% of 500 gallons in less time than it took to burn down to 30% of 250 gallons! Granted, they don’t really put 500 gallons in it when they fill it but I surely didn’t think we’d be needing propane again this soon.
The propane man came yesterday to refill it (and for those using propane, you know how expensive it is . . even though it’s less than it was last year). I will use my back two burners on my stove more than I use my front two power burners in the future. The clothes line will be installed this weekend. I love hanging clothes on the line and did it 90% of the time in MO but had not been real enthusiastic about it here because of the dust. Dust sounds much better than filling a propane tank every 4-1/2 to 5 months.
We haven’t touched the 250 gallon tank yet . . we switch to that if the big tank runs completely out or we have a gas cooker hooked up directly to the small tank but we use a charcoal grill so we weren’t about to run out but I’m surely glad I checked that gauge. I’ll be way more careful with the amount of propane we burn from now on. 🙁