Popular Uses for Propane Today

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“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).

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.


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!

Propane in Tight Supply

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The propane industry – which produces alternatives to natural gas – has been experiencing some hard times recently due to shortages caused by recent cold (if not freezing) fronts in the Northeast and Midwest regions.  This unfortunately has resulted in the occurrence of major price hikes and a decrease in supply chains.

According to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), there are various other reasons for the industry experiencing hard times including the weather (as mentioned above) and the increase of farmers relying on propane to harvest their fields after getting a late start this year.

In a recent statement made by Jeff Petrash; NPGA VP and general counsel, “Most people don’t realize that huge amounts of propane are used in grain-drying, so we had a large and later-than-normal grain harvest that called for large volumes of propane just as we were entering the winter heating season.”

While the production of domestic propane increased within the past year; it is still not enough and many retailers are finding it necessary to ration their supply in certain areas.  What is being done to control the shortage of propane?  To start the NPGA asked the federal energy regulator to order more supplies of the heating fuel.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced on Thursday February 6, 2014 that the NPGA has requested to use its emergency powers to order Enterprise – one of the largest exporters of propane – to supply 75,000 barrels per day of propane along its TE Products pipeline.

Other steps currently being taken by the NPGA can be found posted on their website.   While it remains unclear to all parties involved (i.e. associations, retailers and consumers, etc.) just how long supply will be in tight supply, every action is being taken to reverse its effects.

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