Sometimes you run into home expenses than are just plain unfun/depressing/insert disappointed descriptor here. I would have much rather made some cute decor purchases instead of dealing with our propane tank, but there’s an aesthetic win here too so hold tight!
Our range and water heaters use propane. Originally we wanted to bury the propane tank, but it’s more expensive. We decided to settle with leaving it above ground (very common around here), but just hide it behind those trees to the right of that picture.
Unfortunately when they were installing it, they hit rock and couldn’t move it past the end of our driveway with the standard equipment. You came up over the hill and looked at the ugly propane tank. Ugh. Fine bury the stupid thing. Take my decorating money. Rude.
The installation estimate gave us a range depending on if they hit rock and the amount of rock, etc. Obviously they hit rock pretty soon into the dig. It actually wasn’t that bad. You can see the beginnings of the rock shelf at the top left. At least it wasn’t over the entire hole.
No big deal. Just time to break out the jack hammer attachment.
Once the rock was broken up, the rest of hole could be dug out. I didn’t have a body to hide (at the moment), so I figured might as well go with the original plan and bury the tank. Plus lots of witnesses around.
The under ground tank is slightly different. The valves are above, so they can fill it with propane as needed. It’s the same size as the one that was installed above ground.
They maneuvered the tank into the spot.
You can see that little green trash can looking thing. It slips over the propane tank once it was situated to protect the valve. Then bam the hole is filled.
The cost included installation (labor + equipment rental) and the tank since an underground tank can’t be rented. Apparently burying it is a pretty permanent thing. Go figure. We decided to pay for the propane when they come and fill it instead of doing an easy payment plan. We’ve never had propane and don’t have an accurate estimate of how much we will use, so it seemed like the smarter choice to just pay as you go.
Ugly propane tank view gone. Now all that’s left is a little green door. We’ve had some rain since then, so I need to put some more dirt around and let it compact some more…or I could get grass. Another unfun home expense.