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tank size for Buderus boiler

Dragon Member Posts: 2
We have just installed a Buderus GB142 as backup heat for our 1800

square foot home. The main heat source is a pellet boiler. Our propane

gas supplier (Suburban)  has told us we need two 95 gallon tanks to run

the boiler properly. Is this necessary? Why two tanks? And is this size

necessary for backup heat?


  • meplumber
    meplumber Member Posts: 678
    That is the correct size.

    It has to do with vaporization rate of the product.

    The liquid propane inside the tank must vaporize to a gas before it is allowed to move through the regulator and into the piping system to be burned by the appliance.

    Each tank is rated for a certain vaporization rate at a certain percentage of full at a given temperature. If you are in the upper Midwest or New England, that temperature is 0 deg or below. For a 100,000 btu/hr appliance and above, that means two PIGS as we call them.

    You are receiving proper information. The side effect of only installing one tank is that the unit would probably lockup when you needed it the most. The great thing about propane is that it does not go bad and doesn't gel up like oil. So it can sit in those tanks for a long time with no side effects.
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