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How to Read Your Tank Gauge & When to Order Fuel

Do you know how to read your heating oil or propane tank gauge? Maybe you are wondering when you are supposed to order propane gas or heating oil. If you have questions about your fuel tank or fuel delivery, Snow’s Fuel Company has answers! Our customers call us the experts for a reason. Check out these tips to learn more about your heating oil tank or propane gas tank and how you can be sure you’re ordering fuel at the right time.

How to Read Your Fuel Tank Gauge

  1. Visit your fuel tank. Most oil tanks are inside, while most propane tanks are outside.
  2. For propane tanks, lift the lid on your tank and view the percentage available. Typically, you want to reorder when you get to 20%.
  3. For fuel oil tanks, check the site glass on top of the tank. It will read like the gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, and E. You typically want to reorder before you reach ¼ full.

How Much Oil Is in My Oil Tank?

Use this chart to determine how much heating oil you have in your tank. This can help you decide how many gallons to order if you order your heating oil on a will-call basis.

If Your Oil Tank
Gauge Reads:
Remaining Fuel
for 275-Gallon Tank
Remaining Fuel
for 330-Gallon Tank
When You Should
Order Fuel
Full 260 gallons 300 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
7/8 235 gallons 260 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
¾ 200 gallons 225 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
5/8 160 gallons 190 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
½ 130 gallons 150 gallons Place order soon.
3/8 100 gallons 115 gallons Place order soon.
ORDER FUEL NOW IF OIL TANK GAUGE READS LESS THAN ¼!
¼ 70 gallons 75 gallons Order now!
1/8 30 gallons 40 gallons Order now!

How Much Propane Is in My Propane Tank?

Use this chart to determine how much propane gas you have in your tank. This can help you decide how many gallons to order if you order your propane on a will-call basis.

If Your Propane Tank
Gauge Reads:
Remaining Fuel
for 100-Gallon Tank
Remaining Fuel
for 250-Gallon Tank
Remaining Fuel
for 325-Gallon Tank
Remaining Fuel
for 500-Gallon Tank
When You Should
Order Propane
80% 96 gallons 200 gallons 260 gallons 400 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
70% 84 gallons 175 gallons 227 gallons 350 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
60% 72 gallons 150 gallons 195 gallons 300 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
50% 60 gallons 125 gallons 162 gallons 250 gallons You don’t need
to order just yet.
40% 48 gallons 100 gallons 130 gallons 200 gallons Place order soon.
30% 36 gallons 75 gallons 97 gallons 150 gallons Place order soon.
ORDER GAS NOW IF PROPANE TANK GAUGE READS LESS THAN 20%!
20% 24 gallons 50 gallons 65 gallons 100 gallons Order now!
10% 12 gallons 12 gallons 32 gallons 50 gallons Order now!

Ask Us about Auto Delivery

If you’d like a break from managing your fuel levels manually, check out Snow’s automatic oil and automatic propane gas delivery! Our team of professionals will monitor your fuel usage for you and schedule deliveries when your tank gets low. We only deliver when you need it, and this service is available at no additional cost!

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