Continuing the post about utilities from the last one, let’s talk propane. As shown in this photo
There are two 20 lbs propane tanks securely attached in the middle of the back. I was worried that I would go through the 20 lbs tanks super fast and constantly be refilling or worried that I would be low and run out in the middle of a shower. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the first tank lasted 6 weeks of full time use. I have the hot water heater, kitchen range, and the marine fireplace run on the propane. I took it to a tractor supply store which is on my way to and from work and filled the tank for $6. (yay!) I’m pretty happy with that and honestly surprised as this was during the winter when I was using the fireplace AND had just gotten the house so I hadn’t quite figured out the hot water tank adjustments. Apparently I had it on the full gas setting when it actually works better on the lowest setting! The photo below is similar to the one I got. (I’ll write a whole post about the hot water heater as that deserves it’s own)
The builder supplied these two 20 lbs tanks – which were full upon delivery (the builder gets a high five for that!) and I was, before living in the house, planning to upgrade to a 30 lbs or 40 lbs tank after getting situated and figuring out my usage. I thought that either the 30-40 lbs tank would be light enough with it full that I could still lift it up to that area without any assistance yet give me enough propane to comfortably live without running out to refill every week. As of right now though I’m going to stay with the current tanks and see how this coming winter goes.