What is Propane?

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Propane is a fuel produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining. This gas is colorless and virtually odorless, so, for safety, an identifying odor is added for easy detection. It’s an American-made, abundant gas that is compressed and stored as a liquid, generating nearly $15 billion in direct domestic value and supplying nearly 50,000 jobs across the U.S.

Some of the benefits of propane include:

Versatility:

  • Indoor use – water and space heating, stoves and ovens, clothes drying, backup generators
  • Outdoor use – pool heaters, BBQ grills, outdoor space heaters
  • Vehicle use – buses, trucks, vans, shuttles, taxis, and political/governmental vehicles; approved clean alternative fuel and 3rd most popular vehicle fuel worldwide
  • Commercial use – landscaping mowers, heating buildings, commercial kitchens/appliances
  • Agricultural use – dry and process crops, run pumps and engines, fuel for tractors

Environmentally-Friendly:

  • Listed as a clean fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992
  • One of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels
  • Non-toxic – not harmful to soil and water if spilled

Safety:

  • Equipment and appliances must meet rigorous standards
  • Narrow flammability range (propane-air ratio must be between 2.2%-9.6% propane vapor)
  • Won’t ignite unless ignition source reaches at least 940 degrees
  • If there is a leak, it vaporizes and dissipates into the air, rather than puddling
  • Cannot be ingested
  • Added odor for added safety