Propane

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Propane is a petroleum derived, gaseous fuel that is generally compressed into a liquid form (LP) for easier transport or storage. Propane is typically used to power heat producing appliances such as ovens or furnaces, but there are a range or other appliances that can be run on propane such as refrigerators or generators.

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Storage

Liquid Propane is sold in small disposable bottles and refillable tanks rated by the gallon capacity. Home LP tanks often are rated in the thousands of gallons. Propane has an extremely long storage life and doesn't suffer from the same issues and gasoline or diesel.

Safety Considerations

  • Propane burning appliances produce carbon dioxide (CO2), allow for ventilation to prevent toxic CO2 buildup in enclosed spaces.
  • LP fumes are highly flammable, keep them away from sparks and sources of open flame. Transport LP tanks in a ventilated space whenever possible such as the back of an open truck.
  • Liquid propane is very cold, avoid direct contact with the skin to prevent freezing burns.

Uses

  • Appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and water heaters
  • Lanterns & Portable Camp Stoves
  • Generators
  • Vehicles such as fleet trucks, service vans, forklifts, etc.

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