Propane 101: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re not familiar with propane, you’ve come to the right place. We understand there’s a first time for everything, and you might not know much about propane, or its benefits and uses, so we have listed some frequently asked questions and answered them below.

FAQS about propane

What Is Propane?

Propane is a clean-burning fuel, and is an economical source of energy. It’s also called liquefied petroleum gas (LP or LPG), and is a part of the hydrocarbon gas family. This means propane occurs as a natural gas and can be bottled, making it convenient to transfer with the right safety precautions. Many homes, cabins, RVs, and even tiny houses use propane as their primary source of energy.

Is Propane Safe?

Yes! When used properly, propane is a safe, versatile energy source. Propane gas is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to water or soil, making it an approved clean fuel - one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. This is why propane tanks can be placed either above or below ground. Neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants either.

How Is Propane Used In My Home?

Propane is most commonly used for indoor heating and powering appliances such as stoves, water heaters, and dryers, but can also be used outside. Most commonly, propane is used for outdoor grilling, but you can also use it for outdoor kitchens, lighting, patio heaters, fire pits, generators, and swimming pools.

What Are The Benefits of Using Propane?

Propane is a clean, environmentally friendly fuel and propane appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, grills and other appliances maximize energy efficiency, helping reduce costs and consumption in your home.


What Size Tank Do I Need For My Home?

Propane tanks come in a vast array of shapes and sizes depending on your needs and usage. Sizes range from 20lb cylinder tanks to 1000 gallon tanks used for home systems and heating. To learn more about the varying sizes and common uses go here.

How Do I Check For Propane Leaks?

The process is quite simple. 1. Apply leak detector solution or thick soapy water to the connection between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet. 2. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. As a general rule, small bubbles indicate a small leak while large bubbles indicate a larger leak. 3. If bubbles appear, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If bubbles still appear, call your propane provider immediately.

Why Does Propane Smell?

In its natural state, propane is an odorless gas. As a safety precaution, a chemical called Ethyl Mercaptan is added so that any presence of propane may be easily detected. The concentration level of ethyl mercaptan that is added to propane is not harmful.

How Do I Become A Nelson Propane Customer?

Whether you want to switch from your current propane provider, or planning to use propane for the first time, becoming a Nelson Propane Gas customer is easy! Contact us or call us at 800-234-9052 and we’ll take it from there.

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