Propane use extends beyond BBQs
Propane has many uses that extend beyond the barbecue.
At home, propane can fuel cooking ranges, stoves, furnaces and boilers, space heaters, water heaters, fireplaces, refrigerators, dryers, pool heaters, generators and portable heaters.
On farms it is used to control pests and weeds, dry crops, heat greenhouses and livestock facilities and power irrigation systems.
Industrial uses include forklifts, construction heaters, brick dryers, metal heating and processing,
Many propane users will contact local propane suppliers during the warmer months to setup a propane price contract that fixes or limits their propane price through the Winter.
Some propane suppliers refer to programs with fixed propane prices as “propane pre-buy,” while programs that limit the propane price per gallon may be referred to as a “propane price cap.”
In many cases, programs with fixed propane prices can be a cost-saving measure for homeowners because it protects them against price increases during the cold months.
That agreement will give homeowners peace of mind that a dramatic price spike will not cause a significant increase in household heating expenses.
As with all contracts, make sure you understand all the details before signing a propane commitment
Getting the barbecue
Inspect and clean your gas barbecue before using it for the first time each season.
If the fittings, flex hose or burners are worn or rusted, replace them. Use a flexible brush to clean the tubes between the gas valve and the burner – blockages can occur due to spiders or insect nests.
Replace any missing or worn “O” rings.
Always check all cylinder connections for leaks before lighting your barbecue for the first time in the Spring, or any time you replace the tank.
Repair all leaks before using the grill. Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
When you finish cooking, make sure the gas grill is shut off and has completely cooled before covering it. Keep the burner controls turned off and the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Be sure to store them outdoors away from sources of ignition, in a secure, well-ventilated area. Never bring cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.
Never leave the cylinder in your vehicle.
Never use, store or transport your cylinder where it could be exposed to high temperatures. For example, don’t store spare cylinders under or near the gas grill.
Turn the cylinder service valve on first, and turn it off first.
Keep children away from the cylinder and grill.
If you suspect a leak or smell an odour, shut off the cylinder. Do not try to light the grill.
Leaking propane is heavier than air and will flow to low lying areas.
Only use your gas barbecue outdoors in an open, well-ventilated area, at least three metres (10 feet) away from windows or doors, and far from anything that might obstruct the flow of air around the grill.
Keep the area clear of branches, leaves or other combustibles.
Never leave the barbecue unattended while cooking.
With the lid open, use the service valve on the propane cylinder to turn on the gas supply. Next, turn on the burner. Only then, use the igniter switch.
When you finish, turn the service valve off to ensure there is no propane left in the hose, then close the burner control valves.
Leak test: use a commercial leak detector solution or a mixture of 50% liquid soap and 50% water. Brush onto any connections or valves. Bubbles indicate a leak.
Versatile fuel can be used to cook, dry corn, heat greenhouses, pools, garages and industries
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