More About Propane
What Is Propane?
Propane (C3H8) is a colorless, odorless gas that’s also referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). While propane is technically “odorless”, you will still smell it. The smell normally associated with this gas is purposefully added by gas suppliers to alert users of potential leaks. It is a byproduct of processed natural gas. It is becoming increasingly abundant, especially in America. In fact, America is the leading producer for propane.
Usage and Storage
Most of the time, people relate this gas to fuel. Propane considered a clean fuel compared to other fuels such as gasoline and diesel. It’s also be used for heating purposes. Propane heaters can actually heat up a pool or spa faster and more efficiently than an electrical heater. Cooking with propane as the source of heat gives you more control over the temperature of a cooktop. They also cool quickly when turned off. From furnaces to fireplaces and from generators to electricity, propane tends to be a much cleaner and more efficient alternative, even for electrical and home appliances.
Like most utilized gases, propane is stored in a pressurized tank. It’s very important to keep propane tanks in an upright position. Keep the propane in its liquid state and the tank outside. Don’t expose it to high temperatures and never put it anywhere inside your home or garage. Make sure it isn’t near any elements that can cause the tank to corrode or rust. If you currently own a propane tank that has prevalent rust, you’re going to need to replace it.
What Different Size Propane Tanks Are There?
Any Safety Concerns with Propane?
Propane tanks can leak. Propane can create carbon monoxide when being used. You don’t ever want to inhale carbon monoxide. You’ll actually get flu-like symptoms from inhaling it. Too much of it and death could occur. That’s why it is extremely important to store it and use it outside at all times. If you think you smell carbon monoxide or a gas leak while you are indoors, do not interact with home appliances or turn your lights on or off. Evacuate the area as fast as possible, shut off the tank, and call your local fire department immediately.
If you are using a grill, a generator, or any outdoor appliance, make sure you check how much propane is recommended for whatever you’re using. Don’t ever smoke near this gas or use non recommended size propane tanks for your application.
There is a lot more to be careful about when dealing with propane. If you need propane, we at CO2 Masters can help deliver it to you. We make sure everything is done as safe as possible. We’ll help you understand even more of the safety precautions you should consider when dealing with propane. As our company name suggests, we do carry CO2, but as a gas provider we also have propane and a few other gases. You can place a gas order here if you need any.