Does Propane Smell?
July 17, 2017
Does Propane Smell? No…and Yes! Alright, so we need to give you an explanation.Propane has no Natural Smell
Propane, in its natural, elemental state, does not have odor or color. Since we don’t like unplanned explosions, when you can’t see or smell propane we have a problem because you would need special equipment to detect a leak. Since none of us likes the idea of going “boom,” we don’t like the idea propane could be leaking without anyone knowing about it.Propane Gets a Good “Stench”
To decrease our chances of going “BOOM,” propane manufacturers add ethyl mercaptan as the propane leaves the main storage terminals through a process sometimes called “stenching.” Ethyl mercaptan is the industry standard for a propane odor additive to give people a warning sign that you may have a leak. If you are wondering, ethyl mercaptan kind of smells like rotting cabbage (and no, I am not talking about sauer kraut, I mean really rotting cabbage).Does Propane Always Stink the Same?
Interestingly enough, no, propane might not always stink the same. You can have issues with your tank or lines or other issues that causes your propane to lose the intensity of the stench. That is why it is
Should I Pre-Buy Propane this Winter?
July 17, 2017Pre-buying Propane Almost Always Pays Off
As we write this post, propane is at its lowest price so far this year. As (almost) always, we have seen a significant decrease in price from the winter months going into the summer. Pretty much the only time you don’t see a high propane cost in the winter is when we run into an extremely mild winter. We can look back on the mild winters of the last few years, knowing that we always cycle back and forth between mild and severe winters, and figure it is a safer bet to count on an average to harsh winter this year. Okay, you are right, we are just a propane delivery family, not weather forecasters, but look at the next two graphs.
Just in case you were wondering, here are the 2016 temperatures in Madison, WI, from 2016. Notice how the gray lines more often than not go above the red line (average historical highs) and more often than not they do not go below the blue lines (average historical lows).
How about the average winter temperatures for the last 150 years? The last two winters have definitely been warmer than the average. Do you think we
Safe Grilling Tips
June 21, 2017
Remember the most important ingredient to any tasty grill-out: safety. Check out these tips below for basic grilling safety.POSITION THE GRILL IN A SAFE LOCATION
Always use your grill outside in a well-ventilated area. Do NOT grill or even bring cylinders inside or in an enclosed space such as a garage.
Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.CHECK FOR LEAKS
Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to make sure all connections are secure. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.
Your local propane supplier can help you get some leak-detection solution or use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Never use matches, lighters, or other heat sources to check for propane leaks.STORE THE PROPANE TANK PROPERLY
Always use and store grill style propane cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outside and a safe distance away from heat sources.CHECK FOR DAMAGE
Every time you refill your cylinder, have your cylinder inspected for dents, damage, bulges, rust, or leaks. Also, be sure to check to ensure the tank is
Summer is the Time to Buy Propane for Your Home!
June 13, 2017
Summer is upon us, so that means we are also at that time of year where you can sign up for your next winter’s propane needs to lock in the lowest rates available. It is no secret that propane prices go up a lot almost every winter and some years the price more than doubles what you could have paid in August. Let me say it again, waiting until winter to buy your propane is usually very expensive and a waste of your money.
We tell people every year, “sign up for the pre-buy” program, and every year we have people that wait until winter to buy their propane. Well, of course they are upset the prices are higher, yet it is really out of our control because we pay a higher price in the winter too (except what we contract for during the same summer months). When you sign up during the summer, we all save on the cost of propane!
Now, I know some of you are thinking, “I can’t afford to pay for my propane in one big check this summer.” That is alright, we have a level payment plan, kind of like the electric company has “budget billing,”
Propane: Helping Fuel America’s National Parks
October 24, 2014
Clean, American-made propane is ideal for organizations focused on sustainability. So, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) set up a partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to donate propane-powered equipment to parks that could use it. Hear how Blue Ridge Parkway, Yellowstone, and Mammoth Cave national parks have all made alternative fuels part of their operations, such as using propane for mowing, fueling tour buses, and backup power generation.
Mowing With Propane: Why It’s Right For You
September 19, 2012
What do propane-fueled commercial mowers offer?Lower operating costs. Proven performance. Fewer emissions. Easy on-site refueling and less downtime. Reduced fuel spills and pilferage. Abundant fuel supply produced in the United States.
Innovative Propane Technologies: Micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
July 24, 2012
Combined heat and power (CHP) systems use an internal combustion engine to generate heat as well as electricity. Usually found in commercial settings, CHP systems are not new. Recently, however, manufacturers have started offering smaller-scale versions suitable for residential or light commercial use. This video examines two CHP models currently on the market: the Ecopower by Marathon Engine Systems and the CP10WN-SPB by Yanmar America Corp.
Design and Installation of Outdoor Propane Applications
July 24, 2012
This video provides an overview of the design and installation considerations for outdoor propane applications in a residential setting. Topics covered include best practices for water and space heating, fuel plumbing, and tank placement, as well as safety considerations for outdoor cooktops and fire features. The video also emphasizes the rising popularity of outdoor spaces among homeowners who desire a flexible, attractive living environment that can be created at lower cost than a finished interior room.