Did you know that using propane is not only easy and convenient, but environmentally friendly too? The U.S. government has declared it an approved clean fuel. With a variety of products now offering propane gas cylinders as the ultimate heat source, propane is no longer just for the grilling enthusiast. Next time you entertain outdoors, do so with ease (not to mention a guilt-free conscience) by taking advantage of this eco-friendly fuel. For those of you still not convinced, read further to find out additional features and propane-friendly products.
Here are two important considerations when choosing propane:
• Cost. When considering tank cost, you invariably have to take into account refill vs. exchange options. If cost is of primary importance, tank refilling is the best option. Refill stations are generally available at your local natural gas supplier or campground. If convenience is number one on your list, tank exchange is ideal. Typically, your local convenience store, grocer or home improvement store offers exchange services.
• Appearance. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that propane containers must be heat-reflective. As a result, tanks are typically offered in white, silver or gray. If you desire a unique display, opt for an attractive tank cover.
For safe operation, there are some important rules to follow:
1. Test for leaks. To do so, connect the tank valve to the connector, apply soap and water, and open the valve. If bubbles appear, there is a leak and repairs are needed.
2. Storage. Storage is of utmost importance because it poses the greatest risk for accidents. Cylinders should be stored outdoors on a steady, well-ventilated surface, and away from other flammable items.
Common propane-fueled products that will enhance your outdoor-living experience include: