Winter Propane Safety Tips

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60 million people in the U.S. alone enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane for activities such as heating homes, heating water, cooking, refrigeration, drying clothes, barbecuing, lighting and, of course, relaxing in front of a roaring fire.

One of the reasons why so many people rely on propane has to do with the fact that it doesn’t degrade or go bad like many of the other fuels on the market today; making it relatively safe and easy to store during the winter months.

That said, however, it is nonetheless important to follow some additional safety tips when either using or storing propane in the cold of winter. As this will ensure efficient performance and that your safety isn’t compromised.

The Propane Education and Research Council recommend that anyone using propane – whether for residential or commercial purposes – follow the top 5 winter propane safety tips which we at Arizona Propane have listed below.

Winter Safety Propane Tips

Safety Tip #1: Stock Up Before the Storm

It’s important to make sure you have enough propane prior to the start of a winter storm. To do this you can either stock pile your existing supply or ask your propane provider about payment and advance scheduling programs in order to ensure you’re never left out in the cold.

Safety Tip #2: Test those Appliances

While this safety tip is best done before the start of the heating season, it can still be completed anytime during the season as well. You should have a qualified technician inspect and service your propane-fueled heating systems as well as any and all appliances for efficiency.

Safety Tip #3: Set Programmable Thermostats

You could save approximately 10% off your monthly utility and propane bills just by purchasing, installing and setting a programmable thermostat. Set temperatures at a comfortable level while home and reset at higher/lower temperatures when asleep or away for maximum savings.

Safety Tip #4: Use Arizona’s Sun to Your Advantage

During Arizona’s winter months, you can take advantage of the state’s abundant sunshine by opening your curtains during the day, thus allowing the sun to naturally heat your home. During this time you can either opt to lower your thermostat or turn it off altogether.

Safety Tip #5: Reduce Energy for Heating Water

Heating water is a  large energy expense, accounting for 14 to 18 percent of your monthly utility bills. You can reduce this expense by simply ensuring that your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit and installing low-flow shower heads/faucets throughout your home.

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Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey: Yum!

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The tradition in my family has always been to roast our Thanksgiving Day turkey using the oven, which meant we’d spend hours in the kitchen, but with the arrival of propane-fueled deep fryers we’ve found a better and easier way.

Needless to say, this year we’re providing our oven with a much needed rest, and frying up our bird instead. For a mouthwatering deep fried Thanksgiving turkey, you’ll definitely want to adhere to the following steps.

Always Remember to Put Your Safety First

Before frying up your thanksgiving turkey, you will want to ensure that the area you choose for frying isn’t near any structures, trees or anything else that may be flammable. You’ll also want to ensure that your little ones, whether they are kids or pets, keep their distance at all times. Keep fire extinguishers nearby; just in case. And, finally, always remember to be safe while cooking.

5 Steps to the Perfect Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. Season the Turkey

The night before you’re planning to fry up your thanksgiving turkey, make your marinade, or season your completely defrosted turkey. Remove the neck and giblets and inject the marinade/seasoning into the bird as well. Cover with an oven bag and refrigerate overnight. On Thanksgiving Day, proceed to the following steps for a tender, mouthwatering feast.

  1. Add the Oil

I highly recommend using peanut oil. Being that peanut oil is one of the most highly saturated vegetable-derived oils, you’ll get a crisper turkey. Before lowering the turkey into the oil however, you should first measure it. One of the simplest ways to do this is by putting the turkey in first and then adding the oil until the turkey is just about covered. Remove turkey and proceed to step #3.

  1. Check the Temperature

Heat the oil in your propane-fueled deep fryer to 350 degrees. Then when desired temperature has been reached, proceed to placing the turkey in the hot oil slowly, very slowly. For best results, make sure the cavity of the bird is facing down, as this allows the oil to completely drain when it’s time to remove it from the fryer.

  1. Fry the Turkey

Once the bird has been added to the fryer, you should immediately cover it, and fry for three minutes per pound – so a 20 pound turkey should take a total of 60 minutes to cook. Much less time than it would take in the oven. When the thickest part of the turkey reaches 180 degrees, remove and let stand for at least 10 minutes, in order to retain moisture.

  1. Serve to Guests…and Enjoy!

No directions needed here.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Arizona Propane!

Planning Ahead for the Heating Season

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Question of the Month: Do you use propane to heat your home?

heating season heatersAs the fall season has just arrived, you may not yet be thinking of planning ahead for this winter’s heating season, but the truth of the matter is that now is the perfect time to do just that.

Given that last winter brought one of the coldest winters in many years, along with a shortage of propane, as well as pricing issues it pays to plan ahead for the heating season by taking action now rather than when it’s freezing cold.

Plan Now for the Heating Season

Use this checklist below to ensure you’re ready for this year’s heating season:

[] #1: Ensure You Have an Adequate Supply of Propane

Contact your local propane supplier to ask about payment programs and scheduling regular re-fill visits so that you’re never left without an adequate supply of propane. This ensures your heater runs continuously all winter long.

[] #2: Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Increased Safety

Easily help protect your home and family against carbon monoxide poisoning this winter by purchasing and installing UL-listed carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.

[] #3: Ensure Your Heater is Running Efficiently

Get the most out of your propane supply by ensuring your heater is running efficiently. Hiring a reputable HVAC repair technician to perform an annual heater checkup will help lower your heating bill, increase your propane supply and ensure that your system works safely and efficiently.

[] #4: Consider A Propane Generator

Let’s face it. We’ve all been left in the dark for one reason or another, whether it’s because a big storm or something accidently taking an electrical pole down, which has brought forth the need for backup forms of power generation.

Making standby propane generators a popular choice for many homeowners is the fact that they are typically quieter than gas generators and they cost less to fuel. With a propane generator, you’ll never have to live without power.

Propane-Fueled Equipment: Powering Your Backyard Beyond The Grill

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propane-fueled equipment for your backyard oasisAlmost everyone loves to go out to their backyard, light up the grill, and barbecue something delish. The taste of grilled meat slathered with tangy barbecue sauce is usually enough to make someone’s taste buds start tingling.

One of the greatest thing about propane-fueled grills, which many upscale steak houses prefer, is that it cooks more evenly; leaving you with a great tasting, succulent piece of meat.

While we could quite literally go on and on about grilling scrumptious foods in the comfort of your own backyard, there are several other uses for propane that you may not have previously been aware of.

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Patio Heaters & Lights: Beckoning those that love the outdoors (even if it’s only to escape to their own backyards) is the inviting ambiance of outdoor fire pits, patio heaters and lighting.

Pool & Spa Heaters: Your pool is a major investment, so why not enjoy it year round, without breaking the bank to heat it? This all can be possible when you make the transition to a propane-fueled pool or spa heater.

Outdoor Kitchens: Do you love cooking outdoors? Your grill can only do so much. Take it one step further with a propane equipped outdoor kitchen – complete with large grilling surface, pizza oven, cook-top, stove, and more.

Lawn Mowers: Propane equipped lawn mowers are way cool. Not only are they cost-effective, but they are also environmentally safe. Customers may also be able to qualify for government incentives and rebates.

Benefits of Propane

Endless hours by the fireplace, a restaurant-caliber outdoor kitchen, and an energy-efficient heated pool are just a few of the comforts that you can expect when you choose to power your backyard with propane.

Propane is good for the environment and is budget-friendly as well. According to the Propane Education and Research Council, propane produces greenhouse gases that are fifty percent less than the amount that energy produces.

Propane Fueled Fire Pit

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Adding one of the classical elements – fire, air, water and earth – to your décor can turn even the drabbest outdoor living space into one that is both attractive and relaxing – as well as one where you’ll be proud to entertain.

After all, these are the elements that the ancient Greeks believed were the basic cornerstones for literally everything (philosophy, science and medicine) that had to do with our existence on earth for more than two thousand years.

Perhaps then, to make your outdoor space both a fun and relaxing environment, you should choose to add a propane fueled fire pit. Yes, I know it’s already at triple digit temperatures out there, but just trust me.

If you see that your outdoor space needs a bit of spark, then go on and purchase a propane fueled fire pit today! Just don’t forget to incorporate safety measures, especially if you have small children.

Fire pits come in many attractive designs, shapes and sizes! When contemplating adding one to your outdoor space, you should first figure out just how much space you have to spare as you’ll want to ensure you have adequate seating for entertaining.

You should additionally pay close attention to its location to ensure that it doesn’t get placed nearby overhanging branches or shrubbery and wooded areas or dry grass. It should also be placed on solid ground if possible.

Once you’ve decided on its location, it’s time for the fun part – shopping for a fire pit! If you want a quality propane fueled fire pit, you should only look for those that are solidly made from iron and stone.

This will save you the expense of needing to replace it shortly down the road. Make sure you find one that additionally has a quality screen to protect you from the flames. Your local hardware store or retailer carries many designs for you to choose among.

An outdoor fire pit is a great focal point for friends and family to gather around to discuss current events, make s’mores and to just have a good time. For your ultimate enjoyment, be sure you’re prepared by talking to your propane supplier.

Ensuring the Safety of Your Propane Tank

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propane tank safety, independence day 2014, propane tanksWith 2014’s Independence Day just 014 days: 13 hours: 58 minutes: and 12 seconds away (counting from when I typed this post up) how many of you by a show of hands plan on having a barbecue and watching the fireworks?

If you have a propane tank – even if it’s only one of those 20 pounders – you might want to look into having it serviced for safety and to ensure that a barbecue grill injury doesn’t send you to the emergency room.

Every year, according to U.S. Fire Departments, there is an estimated 600 fires or explosions caused by overfilled and unsafe propane tanks.  Tanks that probably should have been put out to pasture long ago!

Propane Tank Information You Need to Know

So, how do you know if your propane tank needs to be replaced?  First, let’s determine its age by looking at its knob.  Older models have a five-prong, circular knob, whereas newer models have a triangular shaped knob.

Secondly, is it equipped with an overfilling prevention device (OPD)?  An OPD is a special valve, which is required on all propane tanks manufactured after April 2, 2002, that is designed to close the valve when the tank is 80% full.

Having your propane tank serviced by a professional propane dealer is probably one of the safest and cost-effective measures you can take to ensure that your Independence Day barbecue goes off without a hitch of trouble.

If your propane tank needs to replaced, your cheapest alternative is to exchange it at the dealership for a new one.  A new tank that meets the strictest safety regulations start at $50.00 and go up from there depending on the size you need.

Barbecue Safety Tips

  • Inspect your grill’s hose for any signs of cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.  You should additionally ensure that there are no sharp bends.
  • Keep gas hoses as far away as possible from any hot surfaces, tools and grease.
  • Always use and store propane tanks in the upright position.
  • Never keep your spare propane tank under or near the grill.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Never store the propane tank in your house.
  • If you smell a strong odor of gas, vacate the area immediately.

Off Grid Living with Propane

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Off Grid Living Sustainable Gaining traction across the country, as evidenced by such reality shows as “Life Below Zero” (National Geographic Channel) and “Buying Alaska” (Discovery Channel), is the chance to live contently in an off grid environment.

With their plans for sustainable  living, those that choose to live off grid – in a remote part of the United States (think Alaska) – have the opportunity of maintaining a standard of living by choosing to power their home with propane.

Propane: The Smart Choice

Propane, which is a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining, is fast becoming the smart choice for off grid living.  That’s because propane is one of the cleanest burning fuels that delivers reliable performance.

Propane gas, stored in stand-alone tanks (whether sitting or buried), when at normal temperatures and pressures evaporates quickly thus making it ideal for those that don’t wish to trade quality of location for quality of living.

Propane Fits Your Lifestyle

Whether you choose to live partially or completely off grid, with propane, you can still have all of the amenities of a modern-day home while still maintaining a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Generally speaking, a 500-gallon propane tank can easily accommodate an average four-bedroom home for quite a long time, whereas a propane tank twice that size can accommodate a very large home or business.

There’s more to propane than meets the eye!  To fit your lifestyle there is a wide range of top-of-the-line appliances that have been designed to only operate from the energy that propane affords them.

Propane powered appliances include refrigerators, freezers, clothes dryers, ovens, stove tops, furnaces, barbecue grills, central heating systems, and best of all generators – without interruption.

Start Living Off Grid

If you’re ready to start living off grid, or being more self-sufficient without relying on costly electrical grids for your essential day-to-day living needs, you may want to consider giving propane a try.

For your safety, propane is designed to NOT go out in the event of a storm, and it’s also EMP (electromagnetic pulse) proof.  For more information, or to order your propane supply, please feel free to give Arizona Propane a call at 480-990-2245.arizona_propane

Propane; The Perfect Energy Solution

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The Perfect Energy Solution

From comforting propane-fired fireplaces in the winter, to lighting up your propane grill in the summer, the versatility of propane makes it the go-to choice for many homeowners looking to reduce their home’s energy costs.

This is because propane heats up significantly faster and requires less energy than its direct competitor – electricity.  When you replace one of your electrical appliances with a propane-fueled appliance, you’re saving up-to 50% on energy.

In fact according to the Federal Register in 2014, the representative average cost for propane was $29.89 per million btu, whereas the cost for electricity was $36.34.  That’s over a $6.00 savings!

In addition to these benefits, there are several more reasons – which are listed below – why propane just makes sense.  Simply told, propane is the perfect energy solution, so call us today at (480) 990-2245 for your free estimate

Dependability – Propane can be stored safely in a well-ventilated area away from heavy traffic on your property as long as the tank and valve is in good condition.  Propane will work during a power outage.

It is not advisable to store propane indoors!

Easy Installation – Propane installs easily within any home.  After deciding on the appropriate tank size for your home, your chosen propane company will make all of the necessary arrangements, to convert your electrical appliances to propane.

Environmentally Friendly – According to the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992, propane is one of the cleanest burning fuels, out of all available fossil fuels.

Propane produces between 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and approximately 50 percent less toxins.  In addition, it is non-toxic and insoluble, which means that it won’t harm our soil or water should its liquid leak.

The Perfect Energy Solution – Propane offers the perfect energy solution for heating your home and water, cooking, drying clothes, creating cozy fires, heating your pool and lighting up your backyard as well as starting up your vehicle.

So what are you waiting for?  Choose to supply all of your propane-fueled needs from the propane supplier you can trust.  At Arizona Propane, we’re committed to excellence, and to providing state-of-the-art propane options.

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Gearing Up for a Backyard Barbeque

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Hot Dogs on the GrillAs grilling masters ourselves, we at Arizona Propane want to ensure your backyard barbeque goes off without a hitch, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a grilling master yourself by providing you with tips on what we have learned through much trial and error (which is the only way to learn).

Tip #1 – Prepare Your Grill

The first tip for making any backyard barbeque successful is to ensure your grill is ready to go.  This includes making sure its placement is in an area free from flammable objects, such as a tree, and to ensure your propane bottle has enough fuel left.

There is nothing worse than running out of propane, in the midst of grilling, which is why you can count on Arizona Propane to provide you with affordably priced, effective fuel and accessories.

You’ll also want to ensure that its surface it clean and ready to go!  You can do this by turning on the heat and using a wire brush to clean on and between your grills slates.  We further recommend applying a bit of oil to the surface before grilling with a soft brush.

Tip #2 – Prepare Your Food before Turning On the Grill

If you marinating your food, it’s often best to do so an hour, or 24 hours before you begin to cook.  If you’re making kabobs they can, and often do, take some time to prepare.  That’s why following this tip will help to ensure you don’t run out of propane before you even get your foot out the door.

Tip #3 – Always Use the Correct Temperature

How many of you have set your grill at its max temperature, just to watch it burn?  We’ll admit that we must certainly have.  So, just because your grill has a max temperature, doesn’t mean it’s always the best temperature for your backyard barbeque.

Thin cuts of meat, including hamburger patties, should be quickly cooked at a high temperature in order to seal in the juices.  Poultry, seafood and vegetables should be cooked at a medium temperature.  Any thick cuts of meat, including steaks and whole chickens, should be cooked at a low temperature.

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UPS Buying 1,000 Propane-Fueled Delivery Trucks

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UPS to add 1,000 propane fueled trucks to their fleet and 50 refueling stations.The United Parcel Service, aka UPS, recently announced on Wednesday March 5, 2014 their intention to invest $70 million in order to purchase 1,000 propane-fueled delivery trucks.  The investment includes plans to build 50 fueling stations.  This announcement bears good news for the propane industry, and comes on the heels of their dismal winter season, which led to a supply shortage in the Midwest regions.

The trucks, which the company is purchasing from Daimler AG’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, are slated to replace all existing gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles in the rural areas’ of Louisiana and Oklahoma.  UPS additionally plans to further expand their fleet of propane-fueled delivery trucks to other states within the United States in the near future.  They already run a fleet of 900 propane fueled trucks in Canada.

“Propane is a clean-burning fuel that lowers operating costs and is readily accessible especially on rural routes in the United States,” UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney said in interview.  “Propane costs about $1.25 to $1.50 a gallon less than gasoline or diesel and gets similar mileage.”

In recent years, the popularity of alternative fueled vehicles has become a viable choice, considering its economical price and high supply rates.  There are currently 200,000 propane-powered vehicles on U.S. roads.  Last year, Mesa Arizona’s Public Schools made the decision to convert, and run 61 of their buses on propane auto gas alone.  UPS is anticipating their fleet’s transition to propane to be completed early next year.

UPS’s desire to sustain the environment with the greatest economical results can already be evidenced in their 3,150 alternative fuel and advanced technology.  These vehicles include all-electric hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, CNG, LNG, propane, biomethane and light-weight fuel-saving composite body vehicles.  UPS quite literally has one of the nation’s largest privately owned alternative fuel fleets.

For more information on how you too can convert your vehicle to propane, please feel free to contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245 or visit our website at www.arizonapropane.com today.  Together we can sustain the environment and make a brighter future for further generations to come!

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