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.