Propane’s ad­van­tages

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Propane has many uses that ex­tend be­yond the bar­be­cue.

At home, propane can fuel 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 set-up 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.

Al­ways use or store cylin­ders in an upright, ver­ti­cal po­si­tion. Be sure to store them out­doors away from sources of ig­ni­tion, in a se­cure, well­ven­ti­lated 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.

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