“Propane is a great source of fuel, I tell you what.” ~ Hank Hill
Hank Hill, the star of the animated sitcom King of the Hill which ran from 1997 to 2010, brought the importance of propane and propane accessories to the front of mind for many American homeowners. If you’re a fan of the show, you can watch clips, episodes and videos on Hulu.
Propane and propane accessories, however, weren’t as popular as they are today. Especially considering the fact that many considered it to be highly volatile. Many failed to see the benefits associated with this modern marvel (the most notable benefit being that it provides an economical source of energy).
That, however, is in the past as there are currently 8.1 million households in the United States alone that enjoy the comforts that propane provides. Of these 8.1 million homes, 4.6 percent use propane as their main heating source, according to U.S. Department of Energy. Other popular uses for propane include:
Popular Uses for Propane Today
Use #1: Cooking
While Knott’s Berry Farm was the first to see the benefits of cooking with propane (they were the first to purchase a propane fueled range) in 1928, today, homeowners across the nation enjoy the precise temperature control and cost-effectiveness of propane. Don’t worry, you won’t have to swap cost-effectiveness for visual aesthetics, since propane appliances are currently available in all of the latest kitchen designs.
Use #3: Grilling & Other Recreational Uses
Because they are easier to use and are environmentally friendly (they are clean burning), gas grills have become increasingly more popular, than that of charcoal grills. Gas grills and fire pits are even typically permitted in forest areas where fire advisories are present. Homeowners also enjoy the low cost associated with heating their swimming pools, saunas, patio heaters and spas with propane.
Use #4: Agriculture
For 660,000 farms, propane is a way of life, not just a luxury. Propane provides many farmers with a wide variety of agriculture applications including crop drying, flame cultivation, fruit ripening, space heating, water heating, and refrigeration of foods, as well as running farm equipment (i.e. tractors, weeders, irrigation pumps, mowers, irrigation pumps and stand-by generators).