Propane is the least common fuel for home heating and appliances. There is a very good chance that there is no propane tank or connections in your home at all. If that is the case, but you want to buy and install a propane gas appliance, here are all of the steps that have to happen first. 

Installing the Propane Tank

​Even the smallest of propane tanks are going to require enough room to sit on your property. The space required is about the size of a small family sedan, at a minimum. You can purchase and install larger tanks, but if your only reason for having propane is to heat water or cook indoors using a propane stove, then the smallest tank is best. You will need to hire someone from the propane company to install the tank, and/or a plumber who can install all of the pipes needed to channel the propane gas into the house and to the appliance you want to install. 

​Installing the Pipeline and the Pump

Pipes have to channel the propane into your home and to the area(s) where you will install and connect the propane appliance(s). This will require some minor excavation of your property so that the pipe from the propane tank to the house is buried and will remain safe from lawnmowers and other dangers. The propane tank itself often remains above ground for more effective and safe filling when the tank is emptied, but it may be buried if your city or township allows it. 

Because propane is a gas that will not on its own move into and through the pipes to the appliance, you will need to install a pump as well. The pump is usually installed somewhere along the line between the tank and the appliances that use the propane. Your installation technician or plumber will show you where the pump is installed so that you can keep an eye on it. 

Finally Installing the Appliance

​Once all of the above is complete, you can finally purchase that propane appliance and have it installed. The installation process for the appliance will not take nearly as long as the installation for all of the previous necessary items. The installer will have to take great care to make sure that the appliance does not leak propane and works as it should when the appliance is first started up.