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Everything to Know About Propane Gas

Propane has been around for a long time and has a major edge over competing energy sources. Propane is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, affordable, and more versatile than any other energy producing gas. With Great Valley Propane’s convenient delivery options, running your home or business on propane is as hassle-free as can be. 

What Is Propane?

Propane, also known as liquid petroleum gas (LPG),  is a flammable gas that can be used as fuel for various applications including heating, generating electricity, and even powering vehicle engines. When stored in compressed tanks, propane is technically in liquid form, but propane gas is the flammable product that is ultimately released. Propane is a green and efficient fuel alternative for heating homes and businesses.

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How Is Propane Made?

Propane is a byproduct that is produced during two other fuel harvesting processes: petroleum refining and natural gas processing. Since propane is naturally odorless and colorless, an odorant (called Mercaptan) is added before being used for commercial and retail purposes. The odorant makes it possible for people to smell propane in the air in the event of a leak. 

Learn more about how propane is made in our article covering the production processes

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Benefits of Using Propane


Unlike many other types of fuel, propane does not expire. Natural processes will decay commonly used fuels such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, to name a few. In addition, the average propane furnace will last between 20 and 30 years, which is as much as 10 years longer than an electric heat pump and 15 years longer than oil fired boilers. Also, some propane tanks can last up to 30 years! That’s a win-win for your wallet and the environment!

Environmentally Friendly

Propane is a government-approved clean fuel, according to the 1990 Clean Air Act. It is a clean gas that is non-toxic and won't cause health concerns. Furthermore, propane heating systems are 50% more energy efficient than electric heat pumps. Also, you can reduce carbon emissions and pollution by using propane instead of fuels like gasoline or oil whenever possible.

Affordable and Reliable

Propane is far more affordable than most other energy sources. This is especially true when compared to electricity. Another benefit propane has over other energy sources is it’s reliability. Propane reserves act independently of any other source so even if your electricity goes out your propane will still work fine.

American Made

Did you know that nearly 97% of propane is produced in North America?  That means there’s a good chance you are supporting American businesses when you choose propane to fuel the heating system or other appliances in your home or business.

Propane Vs. Other Fuel Sources

Propane Vs. Natural Gas

Propane Vs. Oil


What Can you Use Propane For?

Many people wrongfully assume that propane can only be used to power a grill or small camp heaters but this couldn’t be further from the reality. Propane is the most versatile source of energy available and can be used for anything from the smallest residential applications to large scale commercial situations. If it can be powered, it can be powered by propane! 

  • Whole-Home Heating

  • Auxiliary Heating 

  • Water Heaters

  • Pools/Spas

  • Fireplaces

  • Generators

  • Stove-tops

  • Dryers

  • Barbecue Grills

  • Outdoor Lighting

  • Space Heaters

  • Commercial Heating

  • Fleets

  • Temporary Heating for Construction

Propane Tank Sizes

The size of your tank will depend on how you use your propane. The smallest sizes are appropriate for grilling, while the large capacity tanks are typically used commercially or when fueling a heating system.

Get an in-depth look at some specific applications for common propane tank sizes.

Call The Propane Experts!

Great Valley Propane is the hub for all propane knowledge! Our staff has decades of experiencing in the heating industry and has been delivering peace of mind to thousands of customers since 2006. Whether you’re looking for propane tips or to get started with GVP’s 5 star rated service, you can rest assured you’re in great hands! Take advantage of all Great Valley Propane has to offer and make your life a little less complicated!