Technical Bulletin

Quebec: R.B.Q. Permit: 8246-7994-08                                                      Ontario : TSSA: ORN# 0076536697
Here, you’ll find a few rules and regulations that Budget Propane follows when installing your propane appliances and tank. Our staff ensure a safe and secure installation.

All propane distributors have the responsibility of inspecting the equipment before it is hooked up to the tank. We recommend that you consult our staff before doing the installation yourself. Propane installations are regulated by the Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code CSA International B 149.1 – 00 and the Storage and handling of Propane Gas code CSA International B 149.2 – 00. In Quebec, standards and installation monitoring are the responsibility of the “Régie du Bâtiment du Québec” and in Ontario, it is the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

Moreover, it is possible some municipalities may have adopted regulations of their own to meet the requirements of city planning and fire safety services. We recommend that you find out more from your municipality before permanently installing your tanks.

Minimum distance to install a tank

Minimum distance in ft (m) between tank of propane capacity less than 474 liters:

  • 3 ft. (1 m) from building opening (door, crawl space opening, windows, exhaust dryer etc).
  • 10 ft. (3 m) from source of ignition (air conditioner, heat pump, intake to direct appliance, central AC compressor, electric plug, Hydro Quebec counter).
  • No minimum distance between tank and property line, adjacent concrete or masonry building wall with no openings within the specified clearance.
  • Maximum distance of 100 ft. (30 m) from the tank to the delivery truck for the tank fill up. Please make sure that we have no obstruction between the tank and the delivery truck.

Helpful hint: For easier access to your cylinder or tank the path must always be uncluttered. In the winter, don’t forget to clear the snow on the path.

Here is an example of the type of container installed at our customers :

Container installation

This type of container answers most of our customers needs.

Whether it’s for a pool heater, water heater, fireplace, radiator and/or central air furnace, the 420 lbs (123 gal. USWG or 454 litres) tank assures the customer his or her autonomy during those long winter cold spells.

Furthermore, our automatic delivery service ensures our customers never run out of gas.

Did you know that: To calculate your appliance’s consumption, you must be aware that one litre of propane represents the thermal capacity of 24,267 btu/hour. Therefore, if you own a 40,000 btu propane fireplace and you use it at full capacity, your consumption will be 1.6 litres of propane per hour, non-stop.

Direct vent installation

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The air terminal must be located with the minimum clearances as illustrated :

Guide d’installation

(A) Flush (0 inches) with outside non-combustible corner walls. Two inches from outside combustible corner walls.

(B) Flush (0 inches) with inside corner walls or protruding non-combustible obstructions (vent chase, etc). Two inches from inside corner walls or protruding combustible obstructions (chimney, etc).

(C) Two feet from adjacent walls, including neighbouring buildings.

(D) Three feet from the sides, top and bottom of a non-mechanical combustion or ventilation air supply.

(E) Six feet from mechanical combustion or ventilation air supplies.

(F) One foot to an unventilated soffit located above the terminal or eighteen inches to a ventilated soffit located above the terminal, provided the soffit is sealed for a distance of 24 inches either side of the centre line of the terminal.

(G) Seven feet above public walkways unless fitted with heat shield kit.

(H) One foot below windows that open.

(I) One foot from the side of doors and windows that open.

(J) One foot from permanently closed windows.

(K) One foot above grade.

(L) Above a regulator assembly and three feet from the vertical centre-line of the assembly.

(M) Six feet from a gas service regulator vent outlet.

(N) Sixteen inches above the roof.

(O) Eighteen inches to the underside of a veranda, porch, deck or balcony that has a minimum of two open sides.

Do not allow the inside liner to bunch up on horizontal or vertical runs and elbows, keep it pulled tight a 1 1/4” air cap all around between the inner liner and outer stove pipe is required for safe operation. Use a firestop when penetrating interior walls, floor or ceiling.

Installing a pool heater

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More and more people are opting for an exterior propane pool heater, as it provides a faster output and is cost-efficient.

You will find below, a sketch showing the minimal distances needed to install an exterior propane pool heater. Generally, you must allow for a minimum distance of 18 inches (0.5 m) from the property line and/or the fence to install your apparatus and make sure that the propane cylinder is at least 10 ft (3 m) from the apparatus and any source of combustion.

Installation guide

To install your heater in a shed, consult the manufacturer’s installation manual and remember that this type of installation requires very strict standards concerning the venting system. You cannot store any chemicals such as chlorine in the same location.

Proper placement of propane storage equipment (cylinder installation)

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Total aggregate water capacity in
Minimum distance
between tank and
property line, adjacent
concrete or masonry
building wall with no
opening within the
specified clearance;
source of ignition*
Ft (m)
Minimum distance
between tank and
building wall of other
than concrete or
masonry construction
Ft (m)
Minimum distance
between tank and
building opening
Ft (m)
Minimum distance
between tank and
adjacent tank†
Ft (m)
Up to and including 125 (475) None‡ None 3(1) None
Over 125 (475) up to
and including 1,000 (3,800)
10(3) 10(3) 10(3) 3(1)
Over 1,000 (3,800) up to
and including 2,000 (7,800)
10(3) 25 (7.5) 25 (7.5) 3(1)
Over 2,000 (7,800) up to
and including 5,000 (19,000)
15(5) 25 (7.5) 25 (7.5) 3(1)
Over 5,000 (19,000) up to
and including 10,000 (38,000)
25 (7.5) 25 (7.5) 25 (7.5) 3(1)
Over 10,000 (38,000) § § § §

* Les distances à partir des lignes de propriété peuvent être modifiées par l’autorité compétente (Régie du bâtiment du Québec).
† Si les réservoirs faisant partie d’une installation à plusieurs réservoirs sont installés sur une base ou un pilier commun, les dégagements peuvent
être réduits à la discrétion de l’autorité compétente (Régie du bâtiment du Québec).
‡ 10 pi (3m) de toute source d’allumage.
§ Au choix de l’autorité compétente (Régie du bâtiment du Québec).

Référence : Tableau 7.4 – CAN/CSA B149.2-10
Source AQP (Association québécoise du propane)

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