Propane 101: Education and Facts
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), is one of the nation’s most versatile sources of energy. Propane is separated from crude oil during the refining process and also extracted from natural gas or oil wellhead gas at processing plants. Propane is normally transported and stored in a liquid state under moderate pressure or refrigeration for economy and ease of handling in shipping and distribution. When the pressure is released or the temperature is increased, it is usable as a flammable gas. Propane is colorless and odorless so an odorant (Ethyl Mercaptan) is added to allow for its detection. Propane is clean burning, producing negligible amounts of pollutants when properly consumed.
Some of the physical characteristics of propane helps explain some of the safety rules that we adhere to and that everyone should follow diligently. Propane changes from liquid to a gas (its boiling point) at -44 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the reasons why our technicians wear protective gear like gloves and face shields when installing new equipment. As a gas, propane is heavier than air. This is known as its specific gravity, which is 1.52; as a comparison, air has a specific gravity of 1.0.
AmeriGas has over 250 domestic and international sources of propane supply. The availability of propane supply is dependent upon, among other things, the severity of winter weather, the price and availability of competing fuels such as natural gas and crude oil, and the amount and availability of imported supply. We use a number of interstate pipelines, as well as railroad tank cars, delivery trucks and barges, to transport propane from suppliers to our storage facilities and terminals located in strategic areas across the U.S. and then onto our distribution sites.
We would be happy to help you and your home or business with it’s propane needs. Please contact us if you would like more information.