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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 9/7/2011

I've known since I had the first 500-gallon propane tank installed last year that it wouldn't be anywhere near enough for us once we would actually be living at Tanglewood. I've had the tank topped off a couple of times so far this year, once just before we moved in, and once afterwards. I'd been planning to get my reserves upgraded since we moved--and today was the day!

I took the day off work to help them get installed and work any remaining leveling issues, and Colleen helped as well. We'd done fairly well a few days back when we worked on the drainage and the installer was partially happy about it, though I think he wished he was installing the new tanks on a concrete pad (as do I).

It took most of the day, and I managed to smash my finger between a brick and a rock (nice blood blister under my nail--ouch!) but by the end of the day I had 2,500 gallons of capacity ready and waiting to be filled. I'm not exactly sure when the plan is to get them filled, by the way... turns out AmeriGas is trying to get all of their mountain customers done before the end of September (apparently their previous policy of topping them off by the end of October got them into some trouble in some areas last year). Of course if the weather is still good later this year I'll probably ask them to come up and top them off again, but we'll have to see about that.

Of course being an engineer, I'll be taking careful measurements from here on out to monitor our usage and such. It'll be interesting in the extreme--I'm still learning about this house and what its power and heating requirements will be. Of course I have high hopes that the efficient boiler and radiant heat systems that I installed will be up to the task, but this winter will truly be their first real test.

But it's good to have the tanks in place... it's a good milestone to finally got checked off the list!


Steven in Colorado Springs

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The tanks nestled in their cutout below the driveway.
Closeup of the tanks. You can see the 500 gallon in the background, and then the two 1,000-gallon tanks side by side to the right.


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