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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Propane-Fueled Farm Equipment Incentives

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Farmers looking for innovative new ways to power their farm equipment can take advantage of purchase incentives of up to $5,000 when they purchase eligible propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014.  These incentives are part of the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) attempt to reduce harmful impacts on the environment as well as help farmers improve their bottom line.

In 2013, the PERC saw record results, distributing more than $627,000 in purchase incentives to farmers across all 50 states.  This number is reflective of 219 farmers purchasing new propane-fueled irrigation engines, grain dryers and other eligible equipment.  To receive these incentives it was required that farmers supply feedback and performance data to the PERC.

Those farmers looking to purchase cost-effective and efficient propane-fueled equipment in 2014 can receive purchase incentives up to $5,000 on eligible equipment by simply filling out an enrollment application.  As in year’s past, performance data and feedback will be required prior to receiving incentives.  According to the PERC, nearly 865,000 farms in the U.S. currently use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and process crops.

“Propane is an extremely versatile fuel, and PERC is continually working with manufacturers to improve and build on existing technology,” Leitman said. “The feedback and performance data we receive from farmers who participate in the Propane Farm Incentive Program helps us build better technology to meet the needs of those who use it the most: farmers.”

For more information regarding the Propane Farm Incentive Program and eligible equipment you can contact us – Arizona Propane – at (480) 990-2245.  To learn more about our company and our services please feel free to browse our website at arizonapropane.com today.

Should drivers be nervous about using auto-gas in their cars?

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The answer to this question is very simple, NO, actually propane has better safety records than gasoline, the auto-gas is in a puncture resistant tank, and if that’s not enough, there are other safety systems to ensure that no gas escapes.

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Now that you know, driving an auto-gas car is not only safety but also cheaper, you might be wondering, Can a normal car run on Auto-gas? and the answer is, Yes, you can convert any car to auto-gas, the conversion cost around $5.000, if you are thinking that $5.000 is too much money, think again, after the first  25.000 miles you recovered the investment, by saving money at the pump.

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If you were worried about, driving an auto-gas vehicle, you should put those feeling aside, it is more safety than driving an Gasoline car, you will be saving money from your pocket, and helping the environment.

Here is a short video demonstrating how Auto-gas is more safety than normal gasoline cars.

 

The real smell of Propane

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Propane in its Natural form is colorless, and odorless, this makes it really hard for people to detect any leak. That’s why manufactures deliberately add a chemical compound to give it that unpleasant smell that we are all so used to.

The odorized propane smells like rotten eggs, or a dead animal. The reason why they chose this unpleasing smell is because of the need of alerting people about a possible leak as fast as they smell it. Just think about it, if propane smells like strawberries nobody would feel uncomfortable with a leak, this creates a really dangerous situation.

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If you are worried that you or others in your household may have difficulty smelling propane you can always install a propane gas detector, this detectors activate an alarm if they sense the presence of propane.

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Never ignore the smell of propane, and if you own an alarm act immediately even if you don’t smell the propane.

Getting Educated on Propane

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Ever wonder if other Americans, like you, have been interested in converting their vehicles to propane autogas? Being able to save on fuel, and possibly qualifying for government tax credits are just two of the benefits.

Recently in Mesa Arizona, public schools have made the decision to go green in a way that will revolutionize transportation. A count of 61 school buses, now being fueled by propane auto gas, makes this our nations first complete fleet. It is estimated that in a mere 5 years Mesa schools will reap benefits estimating at $4.4 million in saving alone!

Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane and is also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). A more common use for auto gas is in the household generator. It is the third most popular fuel in the world, being used as “green fuel” and reducing exhaust emission by 25%. After many years of trial and error in trying to pinpoint the best and most cost effective way to become environmentally friendly, Mesa Public Schools found it out and is now the leader in alternative fuel both in district and nationwide. Starting a trend, Mesa Public Schools has helped skyrocket propane autogas school bus sales to an all-time high.

Since February 2012 more than 270,000 auto gas vehicles have hit the streets in an effort to help save the planet, accounting for a mere 2% of the world’s total. In an effort to make converting easier and hassle free for America, the United States has over 2.843 autogas fueling stations across the country. Ever reaching above the curve, the goal of Mesa Public Schools is to become the first fleet in the nation to run a 100% all propane autogas fleet. Mesa’s director of transportation and vehicle maintenance, Ron Latko, happily accepted an award for leadership in converting to low emission. Latko said, “We are committed to showing parents and residents in our community that we’re doing everything we can to be fiscally and environmentally responsible…”. He finished with, “The fuel is green, safe, and proven, and we plan to keep converting diesel buses until we run 100 percent on propane autogas.”.

For more information on Mesa Schools’ effort
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For more info on converting your vehicle to propane contact us — Arizona Propane (480) 990-2245 or visit our website today!

* Talk to your tax adviser about if/how you qualify for tax credit benefits.

Propane vs. Gasoline

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The Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report has been released and with it some interesting stats on nationwide fuel prices.  Here is an overview of propane vs. gasoline.

Propane National Average per gallon = $2.73

Regular Gasoline National Average per gallon = $3.65

“ Propane prices are lower than gasoline in all regions of the country on a per-gallon basis.  Overall, propane was about 92 cents per gallon less than gasoline, with the largest average price differential of $1.16 per gallon found in the Midwest region. Propane prices in this report are from both private fleet refueling stations and public refueling sites that can provide propane for vehicles and for other uses.” ~Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report, July 2013

Resource Report: To review the complete report – click here

Did You Know?  A gallon of propane has approximately 91,000 BTUs of energy content and a gallon of gasoline has around 125,000 BTUs of energy content. Therefore, in order for a propane gallon to be equivalent in energy content to gasoline it would actually costs the consumer more money.  A lower BTU is better, it reduces the overall amount of energy. Furthermore, the savings with propane continues since it is not subjected to federal and/or state taxes, which could adds another 65-98c per gallon to the cost of gasoline.

Resource Article: To better understand BTUs – click here

With those stats it’s clear that propane is a money saver. Let’s spread the good news about propane saving people money! You can save too! Contact us at Arizona Propane for more information. Arizona Propane is capable of converting vehicles over to propane. We have certified technicians, as well as, certified inspectors. We also repair vehicles that have been converted to propane. For more information on alternative fuels, contact Bob Evans at (480) 990-2245 or send us an email.

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