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Why Propane Gas Logs are a Better Alternative to Firewood

Gas Logs Don’t Burn Through Your Money

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Most of us enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire in the fireplace on cold winter evenings, but there are a lot of drawbacks to a wood-burning fireplace – not to mention the hassle and expense. Call on a Pelgas energy expert who can explain why a gas-burning fireplace is a perfect solution for southwest Iowan families who love a good fire but are over having to haul firewood and clean a chimney.

Convenience.

One of the best features of safe-burning propane logs is that they are a lot easier to manage than a wood-burning fire. They turn on and off with the flick of a switch, eliminating the need to wait around for the fire to start roaring, or the embers to safely cool when the fire is extinguished. Because beautiful ceramic logs can be used again and again, there’s no more fetching the firewood from outside in the snow or raiding the recycling bin for newspaper kindling.

Cost-saving.

A gas-burning fireplace starts saving your family money the moment you make the switch away from standard firewood. Firewood is expensive, but even if you are Paul Bunyan himself, there are many other costs to a wood-burning fireplace that add up. Gas-burning fireplaces eliminate buildup in the chimney, so you can say goodbye to chimney cleaning for good. And because gas-burning fireplaces can be adjusted in terms of heat intensity, your central heating and cooling system won’t expend a bunch of energy playing catch-up, trying to keep your house at the perfect temperature. Gas logs are almost five times as efficient as firewood!

Ambience.

Propane fireplace logs are easily adjusted to fit your mood. Do you want a roaring fire as the centerpiece for your family gathering, or are you looking for a gentle warm glow in the background? With your gas-burning logs, you can have either, or both, within seconds. If grandpa can’t feel the fire from across the room, or mom is starting to sweat, your fire can be adjusted with a simple flick of a switch, turn of a knob or click of the remote. Newer gas-burning fireplace technologies have lots of options to choose from, such as lighting, crackling sounds, and sometimes even music! Whatever you’re looking for, a propane- burning fireplace can set the mood effortlessly.

Safety.

Splinters, sparks, spiders, smoke fumes, embers and ashes, oh my! Unlike firewood, propane gas logs don’t have any of that. This is just one reason why families with children and pets often prefer gas logs.

Not dependent upon electricity.

This benefit to a gas-burning fireplace cannot be overstated. If your electric furnace goes out, your gas logs don’t. Gather your family around the propane-burning fire while you wait for repairs.

Pelgas propane deliveries can keep you toasty all winter – for less dough!

After you’ve installed your gas log sets (or other hearth product), reach out to Pelgas for convenient and reliable propane deliveries. Our energy experts at Pelgas are looking forward to answering all of your questions about how eco-friendly propane can work for you during this southwest Iowan winter.

Propane for Landscaping: What You Need to Know

Reshaping the landscaping industry with propane equipment

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The thought of using landscaping equipment that doesn’t require gasoline power was once a futuristic dream, but the time for greener landscaping fuel has arrived – the future is now! Many of our southwest Iowa customers are surprised to learn just how versatile propane can be when it comes to landscaping. Whether you are caring for your residential, commercial, or agricultural land, the energy experts at Pelgas are ready to help you consider how propane can work for you.

Going green with propane landscaping is easy and efficient

The greener alternative to gasoline or electric-powered landscaping equipment, such as lawnmowers, trucks and trimmers, used to mean sacrificing efficiency. But these days, going eco-friendly with your lawn care needn’t involve clearing your whole weekend to take a manual push-mower to your yard or study up on old-timey farm equipment of bygone days! In the same vein, electric equipment keeps you tethered to a power source, and extension cords only go so far. Propane gives you portable power, whenever and wherever you need it.

Propane can save you time and money

The good news is that propane is a green fuel that makes landscaping easy and energy-efficient, too. It’s cheaper, requires less maintenance, and refueling is easy. We can help you convert your existing gasoline-powered mower to Propane Autogas—an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient fuel. It’s more affordable than you think—and it will save you money on fuel expenses in the long run.

Propane is more eco-friendly than other fuels

Propane is a great choice for environmentally-conscious customers, since it won’t degrade over time, and doesn’t contaminate soil or water like gasoline or diesel. If your landscaping work is commercial, your own clients who want to reduce their carbon footprints may be excited about your switching to propane for environmental reasons.

Knowledge is “power” when it comes to propane versatility

Propane solutions are available for almost every type of landscaping project, but not every lawn care company is familiar with the newest technologies available in landscaping tools. Our fuel experts are excited to introduce you to all the ways you can save time and money on your landscaping efforts, all while protecting the environment.

Pelgas puts your landscaping woes to rest with propane

Landscaping doesn’t have to be an expensive hassle. Reach out to our propane experts at Pelgas to learn more about going green – and saving green – with your southwest Iowa landscaping projects. Please contact us today to ask about convenient propane delivery—and convenient cylinder refills.

Propane: The Cleaner, Greener Fuel

propane iowaYou probably know that propane is versatile enough to power just about any equipment you use in your Southwest Iowa-area home or business ( including your vehicles) – but did you know it was one of the greenest fuels around, too?

The Perks Propane Offers

Here are three big reasons why using propane benefits the environment.

  1. It reduces emissions – Propane emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy – primarily because more than 40 percent of the electricity used in the US is produced by coal-fired plants. Propane has a lower carbon content than fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol – a big part of the reason it was added to the Clean Air Act as a clean fuel in 1990.

    Propane is also a great fuel option for eco-conscious home builders and developers: in fact, using propane can earn your project points toward LEED certification.

  2. It improves efficiencyPropane-powered appliances are typically much more efficient than electric models of similar size and output. A tankless propane water heater, for example, can save up to 50 percent on energy costs compared to electric systems, according to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Less energy used equals less environmental impact.

  3. It is non-toxic and non-pooling – Propane is not toxic and does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak (contrast that with heating oil, one gallon of which can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water). With propane, there are no risks for long-term damage to your home or property if a leak occurs — again, unlike with heating oil, which can require costly remediation.

In short, if you’re looking for an efficient fuel that shrinks your carbon footprint and keeps your family warm all winter long or your business on the move in any weather, propane is a great choice – and if you need a reliable propane supplier anywhere in our service area, Pelgas is the choice.

Propane – the clean, green fuel alternative for your home or business! Contact us today to learn more about making the switch.

Using Propane to Heat Your Outdoor Space

patio heater options iowaIf there’s one thing we’ve learned since early 2020, it’s that we can have fun without being indoors – and propane patio heaters have played a big part in making that fun happen.

Whether they’re in your backyard or in the outdoor serving area of your bar or restaurant, propane patio heaters can take the edge off cooler days and evenings so you and your guests will stay comfortable If temperatures dip.

Patio Heater Shopping Tips

In the market for a propane patio heater but don’t know what to look for? Here are some important variables to consider.

  1. Power – The most important feature to consider when choosing a patio heater is how much heat it will produce, and how far it will send that heat to your space. The former is measured in Btus; the latter in heating diameter (usually indicated by the manufacturer of your patio heater). Measure your space and make sure the model you choose can cover that area.
  2. Mounting type – Propane patio heaters can be wall-mounted, tabletop or freestanding. Tabletop heaters stand about four feet high; freestanding heaters range between seven and nine feet high. One way to help decide between a tabletop and a freestanding heater is to consider whether you would prefer to manage a cylinder (freestanding) or a disposable (tabletop) propane canister.
  3. Safety features – The most popular safeguard built into a patio heater is anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it’s tipped past a certain angle. Make sure the unit you choose includes this feature at minimum. Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
  4. Efficiency – Your patio heater’s efficiency is indicated by its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. Think of AFUE like MPG for your car – the better the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance is).
  5. Aesthetics – Many styles of patio heater are available – from modern stainless models to classic brushed copper and enamel painted options. Other style considerations include portable vs. stationary (with our without wheels) and design or shape.

Need fuel for your propane patio heater? We’ve got it! Contact Pelgas today to keep the outdoor party going with propane deliveries and propane bottle refills in southwest Iowa.

How Much Grilling Time Is Left In My Propane Cylinder?

gas grill level iowaWe’re approaching the height of outdoor cooking season here in southwest Iowa – time to get out using your propane grill! Just make sure you have enough propane to get you through your next summer cookout.

There is one small problem with this: as any veteran propane griller knows, most 20-pound propane cylinders don’t have a gauge – which means you will need some other way to assess how much fuel is left in your tank.

Here are three simple ideas for you to do that:

  1. Weigh the tank. The simplest way to estimate how much propane is left in your tank is to simply weigh it. Most propane grill tanks come with two numbers stamped on the handle – the water capacity (“WC”) and “Tare Weight” (TW – the weight of the tank when it’s empty). Most grilling tanks weigh about 17 pounds when empty and hold about 20 pounds of gas.

    To estimate how many pounds of propane are left in your tank, simply weigh it on a scale and subtract the TW number. For example, if a tank weighing 27 pounds has a TW of 17 pounds, there’s about 10 pounds of gas left – a little more than half a tank.

  2. Use warm water. Here’s a neat and safe trick for estimating the amount of propane in your cylinder courtesy of the FIX IT Home Improvement Channel on YouTube:
    • Fill a small bucket with warm to hot tap water.
    • Pour the water down the side of the tank.
    • Run your hand along the side of the tank and feel for a cool spot.

    The top of the cool spot is the fill level of the tank (it’s cool because liquid propane inside the tank absorbs heat from the water, which makes the metal wall of the tank cool to the touch).

  3. Add a gauge. A variety of external propane tank gauges are available to add to your propane cylinder. Options include:
    • Inline pressure gauges, which install between the gas line from the grill and the cut-off valve on the tank, where they measure pressures to determine how full the tank is;
    • Analog propane scales, which are pre-set to take your tank’s TW into account; and
    • Digital propane tank scales, which provide a digital readout of gas fill percentage (some even come with smart phone apps).

    Pick the gauge you like (your local hardware store has them) and give it a go!

Average Propane Cylinder Cook Times

So now that you know how to measure how full your tank is, how do you use that information to estimate how much cook time you have left in your cylinder?

As a rule of thumb, a 20-pound propane cylinder used on a medium-sized grill on high heat will provide between 18 and 20 hours of cooking time. A larger grill can easily burn through fuel at twice that rate.

Of course, these are just estimates: If you’re feeling ambitious, why not keep track of your grilling time this summer to have a better idea of timing for future propane cylinder refills? It’s all part of the art of cooking on your propane grill!

Don’t get burned by your propane cylinder – follow these tips to know how much gas is left in your tank before your next summer cookout! If you need to refill your propane cylinder, just stop in – while you’re here, we can also let you know if your tank needs to be recertified.

Oh, and be sure to transport your propane cylinder safely!

Propane For Farmers: Save Money In The Long Run

agricultural propane iowaMore than 800,000 farmers across the USA use clean, green propane every day to power their farm, and for good reason: it’s one of the most powerful and versatile ways to power the machines and systems that keep a farm productive.

Cost Savings With Propane

But it’s also one of the most cost-effective fuels for your farm, especially in the long run. Consider all the ways that making the switch to propane can save money for your agribusiness:

  • Lower fuel costs – Propane gas is significantly less expensive per gallon than gasoline or diesel fuel.
  • Lower equipment costs – Propane-powered equipment typically has a lower up-front purchase cost than diesel equipment.
  • Fewer repairs – Because it burns cleaner, equipment powered by propane tends to break down less frequently, which means you’ll spend less money on repairs and spend more time working productively on your farm.
  • It reduces fuel loss – Propane is used in a closed-end fueling system, which virtually eliminates loss from theft and spillage.
  • Marketing benefits – Propane’s lower carbon emissions can create additional economic incentives through organizations such as the Propane Education and Research Council; it can also open up unique marketing opportunities by helping you promote your “green” management practices to your customers.

Remarkable Versatility, Too

Of course, economic benefits aren’t the only ones you’ll get from switching to propane – you’ll also get safe, reliable power that works in freezing temperatures doesn’t pool or spill, and can power just about anything in an agricultural setting.

These are just some of the propane possibilities for your farm:

  • Irrigation systems – Propane irrigation engines burn clean and operate extremely efficiently, which makes them the perfect choice to keep crops hydrated.
  • Weed control – Propane flame weed control is a great alternative to harsh chemicals: it’s just as effective, it’s more eco-friendly, and it allows farmers to return to the fields immediately.
  • Grain dryers – Propane grain dryers are extremely efficient and effective, taking advantage of propane’s high burning temperatures to remove moisture from harvested grain.
  • Barn/greenhouse/space/water heating – Propane is an ideal heat source for your buildings ranging from pens and greenhouses, to milking parlors, storage silos, barns, and more.
  • Backup power – Power outages are twice as common today as they were just 10 years ago, and they can certainly be costly in today’s fast-paced agricultural markets. Propane makes the perfect power source for backup generators because it does not degrade over time.
  • Vehicle power – From riding lawnmowers and forklifts to tractors and delivery trucks, propane can fuel just about any vehicle. Propane engines are cheaper to operate per mile and require less servicing than gas engines.

For these reasons and more, propane can be the perfect fuel for your southwest Iowa farm. Could propane be right for you? Contact Pelgas today and let’s talk about it!

Propane – Your Clean Green Earth Day Fuel!

propane clean fuel iowaApril 22 marks the 51st annual Earth Day – a global event conceived by former Senator Gaylord Nelson to celebrate our planet, and to challenge us to tread more lightly upon it.

Want to know one of the best ways to get in the Earth Day spirit? Switch your electric appliances to clean, green propane gas – a power-packed energy source recognized as a “low-polluting fuel” by the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.

Propane: High Efficiency, Low Emissions Performance

If you’re looking for a greener way to power your home, farm or business, without sacrificing comfort or performance, look no further than propane. This versatile fuel will help shrink your carbon footprint by:

  • Cutting emissions – Propane combustion produces less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. It also contains less carbon than other fossil fuels, including heating oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol.
  • Improving efficiency – Propane-powered appliances are usually more efficient –sometimes far more efficient – than electric models of similar size and output; a tankless propane water heater, for example, can save up to 50 percent on energy costs compared to a similar unit powered by electricity, according to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).
  • Reducing harmful impact – Propane is not toxic and does not spill, pool, or leave a residue, which makes it harmless to soil or water in the event of a tank leak. With propane, there are no risks for long-term damage to your home or property if a leak occurs.

The bottom line: If you’re looking for an easy way to be a little kinder to the planet, choose propane – and if you need a reliable propane supplier anywhere in our Southwest Iowa service area, choose Pelgas!

Celebrate the spirit of Earth Day with an order of clean, green, economical propane from Pelgas. Contact us today to schedule your propane delivery in Southwest Iowa!

How Propane Is Made And Other Facts

propane information iowaIf you’re a Pelgas customer (or plan to become one), you’re probably already aware of the many benefits and uses of propane.

But how well do you really know propane?

Here are 10 fun facts about propane that you might not have known – until now:

  1. Although some propane is produced from crude oil refinement, most domestically produced propane is a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing. In fact, current U.S. propane supplies are abundant due in large part to the increase in natural gas production. 
  2. The propane fuel you buy is not 100 percent propane gas; it’s about 90 percent propane plus odorant, propylene, and about 9 percent butane.
  3. Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically; almost three-quarters of the remaining 10 percent is produced in Canada or Mexico.
  4. Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas – which is why it’s far more economical to store and transport as a liquid.
  5. Propane is stored and transported as a pressurized liquid at 177 PSI. The liquefying stage is critical for the successful production of propane; if some of the impurities and other hydrocarbons, such as ethane, propene or pentene, are not sufficiently removed, propane will not liquefy properly.
  6. The founder of the propane gas industry was a man named Walter O. Snelling, who was the first person to identify propane as a volatile component in gasoline. After the discovery, he quickly realized its tremendous potential.
  7. In its natural state, propane is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless; an odorant (which smells like rotten eggs) is added for safety’s sake.
  8. Propane won’t ignite when combined with air until the source of ignition reaches 940 degrees Fahrenheit – which is why it’s safe to transport in tanks.
  9. Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in the universe. As a result, it is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels – so clean, in fact, that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
  10. Propane is the only alternative fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992; neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.

When it comes to propane, knowledge is power! To learn more about propane’s many benefits for your home or business, contact Pelgas today!

How Do I Read A Propane Tank Gauge?

propane delivery iowaIf you’re a Pelgas “will-call” propane customer (that is, if you manage your own propane supply from us rather than opting for automatic propane delivery), one of the most important tasks you have is keeping a close eye on your tank levels throughout the winter.

The question is, how do you do it?

Reading a propane tank gauge is actually pretty easy: just look near the top of the tank for a round dial with the numbers from 5 – 95 on it (it looks a lot like a car’s speedometer).

Just keep in mind that a propane tank is never filled to 100 percent of its maximum capacity; about 20 percent of the tank must remain empty to allow the gas to expand as temperatures change. A “full” 125-gallon tank, in other words, only contains about 100 gallons of propane. For a complete list of capacity conversions, see the chart below.

The most important thing about reading your propane gas gauge, though, is to remember not wait for the last minute to schedule your propane delivery – especially when temperatures are low or dropping. Contact us for a fill-up when your gauge reads no less than 30 percent full; that will give us enough time to get to you before you run out of gas.

If you do experience a propane run-out, don’t panic – call Pelgas right away for emergency service. We’ll get your tank topped off, then performed safety leak and pressure test as required by law so you can get back to normal in your southwest Iowa home.

How Many Gallons Of Propane Do You Have Left?

Tank Gauge Reads 60 gal tank 125 gal tank 320 gal tank 500 gal tank 1000 gal tank
 80% (Full) 48 100 256 400 800
 70% 42 87.5 224 350  700 
 60% 36  75  192  300  600 
 50% 30  62.5  160  250  500 
 40% 24 50  160  200  400 
 30% 18  37.5  96  150  300 
 25% If your gauge reads 30 percent, contact us for a delivery right away!
 20% 12 25  64  100  200 
 10%  6 12.5  32  50  100 

For reliable propane delivery in Southwest Iowa, trust the pros at Pelgas. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule your propane delivery!

Using Propane Safely During A Winter Storm

fuel tank winter care iowaWinter storms can get pretty severe here in Southwest Iowa – which is why you need to be ready for anything when it comes to keeping your family safe in your propane powered home.

Here are six safety reminders to consider if you want to use propane safely during severe weather this winter:

  1. Mark your propane tanks – Drifting snow can easily hide a propane tank and its fill vent. That’s why it’s helpful to mark the location of your propane tanks with a flag or pole that’s tall enough to be seen above to expected snow line.
  2. Clear the surface of your tank after a storm – Use a broom – never a shovel – to clear snow and ice from your propane tank. Maintain a clear pathway to your tank to allow access for delivery and repair crews.
  3. Let plow operators know where your propane tanks are located – As we said before, snow can easily obscure a propane tank, keeping it from being seen by snowplow operators. That can be a potentially serious safety hazard for everyone on your property.
  4. Keep fuel in your tank – One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a winter storm is to make sure you have enough propane on hand to make it through the storm – and for several days after, since roads may be closed.
  5. Repair damaged equipment immediately – if your propane equipment has been damaged or is not working properly in the aftermath of severe weather, contact us right away. Malfunctioning equipment can be dangerous, leaving you exposed to carbon monoxide leak risks and more. And remember: if you shut down your gas for any reason, the law requires you to hire a licensed professional to pressure test and restart your system.
  6. Consider adding a propane-powered generator – Did you know that power outages happen nearly twice as frequently as they did just 10 years ago? In remote areas, a power outage can quickly turn from inconvenient to dangerous as inaccessible roads delay repair crews. If you live in a rural area, strongly consider installing a whole house propane generator for peace of mind in any weather. Unlike diesel fuel, propane won’t gel in severe cold, so it’s a great fuel to have on your side in emergency winter situations. Propane also doesn’t decay – which means that as long as you take care of your storage tank, you can leave propane stored for years without impeding performance.

One easy way to make sure you have enough fuel on hand during severe weather is to set up automatic propane deliveries in Southwest Iowa with Pelgas. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Pelgas propane customer!

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