Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:56:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Tankless water heaters Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:59:06 +0000 Propane water heating options include technology that is on the cutting edge of energy efficiency, such as condensing tankless water heaters.

By choosing energy-efficient propane water heating systems over standard electric water heaters, you can help your homeowner and building owner clients significantly reduce their energy costs. The Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20 percent of a home’s energy costs are spent heating water. That’s why helping your homeowner select an efficient water heater is critical — and propane fuels some of the most efficient tankless water heating technologies available.

Propane tankless water heaters provide comfort, versatility, convenience, and efficiency. Here are a few facts you should know.


Tankless water heaters deliver an endless supply of water.

Their compact size saves roughly 12 square feet of floor space.

These systems are on-demand, so they heat water only when it’s needed. That feature eliminates standby losses that occur in systems with hot water storage tanks — like the typical electric water heater.

They save more than $150 per year in energy costs compared with typical electric storage water heaters.

They have 50 to 60 percent lower CO2 emissions compared with electric storage tank systems.

Propane tankless systems also qualify for tax credits and rebates, which can make them even more cost-effective.


Tankless Water Heaters Fact Sheet


8 Small-Cylinder Safety tips Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:14:23 +0000 Small-Cylinder Safety

What should I do if I smell gas?

  • Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
  • If you are able to, safely turn off the cylinder valve. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  • Immediately leave the area and call 911 or your local fire department.
  • Before you restart the appliance, have a qualified service technician inspect your cylinder and appliance.

Some people may have difficulty smelling propane due to their age (older people may have a less sensitive sense of smell); a medical condition; or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Consider purchasing a propane gas detector as an additional measure of security.

Odor fade is an unintentional reduction in the concentration of the odor of propane, making it more difficult to smell. Although rare, this can be caused by the presence of air, water, or rust in the cylinder. New and reconditioned small cylinders that sit too long before being filled are prone to internal rust when moisture and air get inside.


How should I store small cylinders?

  • NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
  • NEVER store or place a propane cylinder in an area of excessive heat (120 degrees or higher) or near a stove, fireplace, or other heat source. The heat builds up pressure inside the cylinder, which may cause the pressure relief valve to release propane. Flash fires or explosions can result from exposing cylinders to heat.
  • NEVER store or place a spare cylinder under or near a barbecue grill.
  • DO NOT smoke or have any ignition sources such as flames or spark-producing electrical tools in the area while handling or transporting cylinders.


How should I transport small cylinders?

  • ALWAYS transport and store a cylinder in a secure and upright position so it will not fall, shift, or roll.
  • ALWAYS close the cylinder valve and, if required, seal with a plug, even if the cylinder is empty. Ask your propane retailer if a plug is required.
  • NEVER keep a filled cylinder inside a hot vehicle or transport it inside a closed trunk.
  • ALWAYS place the cylinder in a well-ventilated area of the vehicle.
  • ALWAYS proceed directly to your destination and immediately remove the cylinder from your vehicle.
  • The law places limits on the number of cylinders and the amount of propane that can be transported in closed-bodied vehicles such as passenger cars and vans. Ask your propane retailer for more information on state and local codes that apply to you.


What should I do if I have a problem with my cylinders or outdoor appliances?

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TRY TO MODIFY OR REPAIR VALVES, REGULATORS, OR OTHER CYLINDER OR APPLIANCE PARTS. Propane cylinders incorporate special components such as valves, connectors, and other parts to keep them safe for use with grills and other propane appliances. Damage to any component can cause a gas leak.

DON’T RISK IT! Call your propane retailer or a qualified service technician for assistance.


How to test for propane leaks

It is important to inspect your cylinder and outdoor gas appliances for leaks. Do this before using them for the first time each season, as well as on a regular basis. This can be accomplished with a simple “bubble” test:

  • Apply leak detector solution or thick soapy water to the connection(s) between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet.
  • Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles.
  • If bubbles appear, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If bubbles still appear, call your propane retailer immediately.


What is an overfill prevention device(OPD)?

MAKE SURE YOUR CYLINDER IS EQUIPPED WITH AN OVERFILL PREVENTION DEVICE (OPD). An OPD is a safety feature that helps prevent small propane cylinders from being overfilled. An overfilled cylinder doesn’t have enough space left if the liquid expands when exposed to warmer temperatures. This can cause an increase in cylinder pressure and create potentially hazardous conditions.

Most cylinders with OPDs have special triangular handwheels with the letters “OPD” on them. In many states, cylinders without OPDs cannot be refilled. If you are uncertain as to whether your cylinder has an OPD valve on it, ask your propane retailer.


What should I do with my old or damage cylinders?

NEVER use a damaged cylinder or a cylinder that has been in a fire. All cylinders must be inspected before they are refilled. The law requires periodic inspection of cylinders, and it is against the law to refill out-of-date cylinders. The last inspection date is stamped on the cylinder.


How should I dispose of cylinders?

NEVER dispose of your propane cylinder by throwing it in the trash. Check to see if there are municipal programs for collection in your area, or contact your propane retailer for guidance on disposal of the cylinder.


3 tips for grilling: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:13:28 +0000  

1)  If you do not have a grill brush try this method for cleaning:  Crumple a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil until it’s the size of a softball and pick it up between locking grill tongs. The tongs will serve as the handle.   Holding the tongs onto the ball of foil, and brush away.

2) Burgers will puff up in the middle as they cook, making the tops rounded and awkward for keeping the toppings in place.   To avoid this, press a little indentation into the top of each raw patty with your thumb or the back of a spoon. Then, when the center pushes up, the top of each burger will be relatively level.

3) Don’t use a water bottle to extinguish fire flare-ups. When water lands on the hot-cooking grates and flames, it could splatter, causing burns, or crack the porcelain-enamel finish of the grill. The quickest way to extinguish fire flare-ups is to close the lid on the grill. The lid will reduce the amount of oxygen that feeds the fire, thus limiting or snuffing out the flare-ups.