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Propane Q&A

We’ve been providing propane to customers since 1937 and in that time, we have heard some interesting questions about propane. Its widely known that propane is the cleanest burning fossil fuel available, and it produces about half the carbon dioxide and other emissions of gas, but here some interesting questions and answers about our favorite gas!

Q: Is propane a liquid or a gas?

A: Propane is a three-carbon alkane gas (C3H8). It is stored under pressure inside a tank as a colorless, odorless liquid. As pressure is released, the liquid propane vaporizes and turns into gas that is used in combustion.

Q: Why cook with propane?

A: Cooking with propane allows for easy temperature control, with near-instant response times. Unlike electric appliances, propane burners are instant on and off, so the cooking can start and stop exactly when you want.

Q: Is propane safer than electricity?

A: Because of its gaseous form, propane doesn’t spill, which means propane won’t seep into water supplies. Propane is one of the safest forms of energy, due in part to regulations and research by the propane industry to create the best possible fuel.

Q: Why do people switch to propane?

A: Unlike oil, which can leak and cause severe environmental damage, propane is a gas that dissipates into the atmosphere and therefore cannot contaminate soil or water. Propane has a lower carbon footprint as well, producing fewer emissions than oil, with low carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

Q: Does propane smell?

A: Technically no. Propane itself doesn’t smell, but the additives Ethyl Mercaptan and LPG do. These additives are mixed with propane as a safety measure to alert users in case of a leak.

Q: Is propane cheaper to heat and cool your home with?

A: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home in the U.S. with a propane heating system costs far less than heating with an electric system.

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