Propane is a gas produced as a by-product of two other processes, petroleum refining and natural gas processing. The processing of natural gas involves removal of propane, butane, and large amounts of ethane from the raw gas. Additionally, oil refineries produce propane as a by-product of cracking petroleum into heating oil or gasoline.
Propane is one of the most versatile and the cleanest fuels in existence. It is a popular choice for portable stoves and barbeques because of its low boiling point. Upper Canada Fuel & Burner offers propane gas to residential, commercial, and agricultural sites in Peterborough, Oshawa, Kingston, Greater Napanee, and the surrounding areas. Trust our professionals to handle all your propane gas needs.
Facts About Propane Gas
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Facts about Propane
Propane costs up to 60% less than fuel oil
Propane creates less pollution - it is better for your health & the environment
Propane furnaces burn cleaner than fuel oil furnaces
Maintenance costs of propane furnaces are generally lower and they last longer than traditional furnaces
Although propane is considered to be one of the safest fuels for consumer use, it is important to educate yourself and your family on the safe operation of propane equipment and appliances. It is suggested that you always call a qualified service technician for installation, inspection, servicing, and repairing of your propane applications.
Here are a few points to remember regarding propane safety:
Regularly monitor your tank levels to avoid running out of propane
After delivery, check your propane system for any leaks
Store and handle portable propane cylinders in an upright position, away from heat and sources of ignition
If exposed to liquid propane, use warm water to treat affected skin, flush eyes, and remove clothing frozen to skin
Make sure your tank is secured to a fixed object
Shut off the gas supply from your tank and propane appliances
Shut off both the water valves of your tank
During winter storms:
Ensure you mark your tank by a flag, pole, or stake that is higher than the average snow cover depth
As roads might not be accessible to bring in propane supply, have adequate supply in your tank
Ensure you clear ice and snow from your driveways to avoid issues like frozen pipes or Carbon Monoxide poisoning
Propane has an added odorant, which means any leaks can be detected by its distinct smell, similar to that of rotten eggs or skunk. Propane, when mixed with the right amount of oxygen, can become flammable. It can also displace the oxygen in the air and cause suffocation. In case you suspect a leak, do the following:
Extinguish all smoking materials and open flames
Turn off the main supply valve on your propane tank
Move people out of the building
Call your propane supplier and report the leak
After deeming it is safe, get your propane system and applications checked
For more information on propane safety, click here to download the PDF on propane safety by the Canadian Propane Association.
At Upper Canada Fuel & Burner, we can supply your propane tanks for a yearly rental fee. All our technicians are licensed to maintain your propane tanks & furnaces. Our professionals can answer all your questions and make the process very easy. Contact us today to learn more and speak to one of our service experts.