Propane use ex­tends be­yond BBQs

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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,

Com­par­ing Con­tract

Propane Prices

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

ready

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

SIGNS OF TROU­BLE: An un­suc­cess­ful patch job failed to seal a con­crete foun­da­tion crack. Early de­tec­tion can head off some se­ri­ous struc­tural prob­lems. Although con­crete is tough, ce­ment can crack and crum­ble. Mois­ture and ex­treme tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions weaken con­crete floors, walks and struc­tures. If you are the hands-on sort, you can carry out small re­pair jobs your­self. The work de­mands few tools and no spe­cial skills, but it does re­quire some el­bow grease.

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