LPG Safety Home Tips

May 25, 2018 | Main Blog | 0 comments

For all their modern advantages, electricity and gas can represent home hazards if not handled properly and treated with respect. But there is no more reason to fear gas heat or appliances than to forego the convenience of modern light bulbs or energy efficient upgrades. All that is required is a basic understanding of potential dangers and a modicum of knowledge about what is needed to assure that the gas appliances and LPG fittings are always in tip-top condition.

The Basics of LPG

First, a definition: LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. It is derived from petroleum refining and natural gas processing and is a flammable hydrocarbon gas that is liquefied under pressure. Commonly also known as propane, LPG is used worldwide for a variety of applications. It is sold in portable, refillable tanks for use with outdoor barbecues and for recreational vehicles and camping gear.

LPG can also be stored in surface or underground tanks to supply an entire household, including furnace, water heater, clothes dryer and kitchen appliances. LPG has similarities to natural gas, but it also has distinct characteristics. LPG appliances are designed for safe operation and offer many years of reliable service with proper handling.

First, Some Cautions

LPG is convenient. Refillable cylinders are used not only for grills, but also for portable heaters, camp lights and a variety of tools, equipment, and small machinery. No matter what the size or intended use, they should always be stored properly, checked for condition prior to each use and sized properly, with appropriate fittings for the intended appliance.

For whole house supply, LPG is typically stored in a large remote tank, either above ground or buried. All fittings, piping, tubing, and connectors must be supplied and installed by a licensed professional. In almost all cases, installations will be inspected and certified by building officials or municipal authorities. It is, however, the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that continued operation is safe and that there is no deterioration that could cause a hazard.

When purchasing new appliances, always specify that the gas supply is LPG rather than natural gas: Some are interchangeable with a conversion kit, but not all. Each has a different burn rate, meaning that a specific fuel-to-air supply ratio is necessary. Appliance fittings will be supplied accordingly.

What Not to Do

Every gas appliance comes with safety warnings. Never tamper with the fittings or safety valves. Never apply undue force to a connection. Never attempt to light an appliance if you suspect a leak or if a fitting has been compromised. Check LPG appliances and fittings regularly to assure that they are in working order. Never attempt to replace parts or make modifications to the tank, the lines, or an appliance without proper training. Never store cylinders near heat or other flammable products or allow canisters to roll around in a vehicle.

Always Do

Even when changing a portable tank on an outdoor grill, use reasonable care and take proper precautions. The canister, the gauge, and the fittings should all be in good condition, with no evidence of corrosion or leaks. Always shut off a cylinder valve prior to disconnecting it from an appliance. LPG appliances and heating systems require proper ventilation and an adequate supply of fresh air. Always use caution. If you experience difficulty when igniting an LPG appliance, always turn off the supply valve and wait at least three minutes for the gas to dissipate prior to trying again. Always turn the barbecue gas supply completely off when an appliance is not in use.

In Case of Emergency

In case of a leak (LPG smells like rotten eggs), turn off the gas supply, either to the appliance or to the entire house. Contact your propane supplier if appropriate, or disconnect a portable cylinder and take it for repair. If a fire starts, turn off the gas if you are able to do so. Water can be used to douse a gas fire, but don’t hesitate to call the fire department for a larger blaze.

 

Source: Tarantin Industries Inc.

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Propane Fireplaces - An Enery Efficient Way To Heat Your Home

Propane Fireplaces

Oct 26, 2018 | Main Blog | 4 comments

Propane fireplaces and stoves offer both comfort and ambiance, along with high-efficiency heating for homes, buildings, and outdoor spaces.

Propane fireplaces offer homeowners true versatility. They can be installed indoors or out, and they’re easier to install and more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and convenient to use than wood-burning models. Plus, an attractive real flame brings warmth and ambiance to a living space, increasing its value with buyers. Propane fireplaces can be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control, and many models can operate during electrical power outages, providing a critical source of heating to the home.

Commercial fireplaces

Propane fireplaces and fire pits can be used for decorative or space heating purposes in commercial buildings such as hotels or restaurants. They add warmth and ambiance to guestrooms and welcome areas and can provide comfy, efficient heating to a room or space. Fire pits, hearths, and decorative flame features provide a cozy amenity and gathering place to highlight an outdoor courtyard or patio. Two-sided fireplaces take it to another level by separating two defined areas for cocktails and for dining.

Efficiency

High-efficiency propane fireplaces are suitable for all climates and can achieve Fireplace Efficiency (FE) ratings of over 90 percent. They utilize a direct vent design, so the air used for combustion comes directly from outdoors. This means the fireplace isn’t sucking warm air out of the house for combustion, the way traditional wood-burning units do. And since the direct vent inserts can be used to convert old, inefficient masonry fireplaces or can be added to new or existing rooms, propane fireplaces are an ideal solution for retrofit or replacement projects.

Here are a few facts you should know about propane fireplaces in homes:

  • They deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces.
  • A remote control feature helps to maintain a constant room temperature.
  • The average cost to operate is roughly $50 to $150/year.
  • Propane carries a smaller environmental footprint and produces fewer particulate emissions and less carbon monoxide than wood-burning units.

Hearth stoves

For your homeowner customers looking for alternatives to wood stoves, propane hearth products offer a cleaner, healthier option. Propane stoves and fireplaces are more efficient and convenient than woodstoves, and they use a fuel that’s available even in rural areas away from the natural gas grid.

A freestanding propane stove produces instant radiant heat and adds aesthetic value to a room. Venting options make installation easy and flexible.

Below is a fireplace fact sheet for you to reference.

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  1. Gas fireplaces seems like a great idea. Like you said, getting one that is high efficiency sounds awesome, especially because it will only cost around $100 a year to operate. That’s awesome because we don’t have a long winter, so it’ll probably be even less!

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  2. NIce Post..Thanks for Sharing with us…Keep sharing..

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  3. Thank you for explaining how a propane fireplace is a good option! My sister is looking for a better way to heat her living room. I bet she would appreciate reading this article so she can see one option available.

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  4. Thanks for pointing out the benefits of propane fireplaces. My husband and I are thinking about getting a propane fireplace because we think it would be a good way to heat our home. It’s good to know that they can deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces if we do get one.

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