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Propane Tanks 101: Tank Ownership

“Should I rent or should I buy?”  It seems like the decision to rent or buy follows us throughout life. Looking for a new home? What about a new car? Just like a home or car, there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent your propane tank: “How much will it cost? Is there a return on investment? What are the risk factors?”

To help answer whether or not tank ownership is right for you; we’ve compiled a list of factors to consider before you make your decision.

OPTIONS. Owning your propane tank gives you the freedom to switch propane suppliers as frequently as you’d like. As a renter you can only have your tank filled by the company that owns it, whereas tank owners can have their tank filled by any company they’d like. This freedom, however, does come with a few tradeoffs.

MAINTENANCE. Owning your propane tank also means taking on the responsibility of maintaining that propane tank. That means the costs associated with any repairs or routine maintenance falls on you. When you rent your tank, the tank maintenance and some repairs are typically taken care of by the propane company. At AmeriGas, our   technicians are trained to be propane safety experts to ensure your tank meets all safety requirements.

COST. Buying a propane tank is an expensive investment. In addition to the cost of the tank, there is cost for purchasing regulators, blocks, or an anode bag if necessary. Expect to add to the cost if you’d like the tank buried.

SERVICE. It’s important to be aware that some companies will not service customers that own their own tank due to insurance and liability issues. However, at AmeriGas we’re proud to serve both tank owners and tank renters!

INSTALL. Whether you rent or own your tank, your propane tank must be installed by a certified technician. If you plan on renting your tank, your installation will be completed by the company renting you the tank. If you’ll be buying your tank, you must have a licensed individual install your tank. Dealers will not sell a tank to an unlicensed individual to complete the install themselves.

If you’re interested in learning more about whether tank ownership is right for you, contact us or local office to speak with an expert!

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Forklift Tips: Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Propane-Powered Forklift Tips


Tip 3: Apply for a Propane Tax Credit


If you own or operate propane-powered forklifts, you may be eligible to receive the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit in the amount of $0.37 per gallon of propane! The Alternative Fuel Tax Credit program is available through December 2016.

Who is eligible?

For an entity to be eligible for the credit, they must be liable for reporting and paying the federal excise tax on the sale or use of alternative fuel in a motor vehicle.

How do I claim the credit?

FIRST, The incentive must first be taken as a credit against the entity’s alternative fuel tax liability; any excess over this fuel tax liability may be claimed as a direct payment from the IRS.

THEN, Visit; IRS Publication 510, IRS Forms 637, 720, 4136, and 8849, and IRS Notice 2015-56 (August 2015), which are available on the Forms & Publications section of the IRS website.

What other factors should I consider?

To ensure you receive your FULL fuel credit, your company should oversee the processing of the tax credit. Be wary of a third party that offers to “handle” the application process–you might not receive the full credit you are eligible to receive.

Need more tips to help keep propane-powered forklift costs low? Check out Forklift Tip 1 and Forklift Tip 2 to start saving!

Download the Forklift Fuel Tax Credit brochure to learn more about obtaining your fuel tax credit:



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Sun’s Out, Grill’s Out

Memorial Day is a day that many Americans view as the official start of summer, marked by picnics, BBQs, and relaxing with friends and family.

However, Memorial Day is a very important holiday established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America.

In addition to our picnics and BBQs, here are 5 great ideas for things we can do to celebrate Memorial Day:

Attend A Parade- Many towns have parades, so take some time out of prepping for BBQs and show your support.

Decorate with Flags- Break out the red, white, and blue and show your support for all of the members that have served in the armed forces.

Buy A Poppy- The poppy’s significance is the result of the John McCrea poem “In Flanders Field”. Disabled and needy veterans in VA hospitals have been assembling Buddy Poppies since 1924.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance- At 3:00 pm, local time, please pause in an act of national unity for a moment.

Thank A Veteran- Make sure you thank them for all they have done to protect our country and our freedom.

Make sure you are prepared for your BBQ weekend by picking up an AmeriGas Tank at any of these locations!
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6 Hacks to Grill the Perfect Burger

For us here at AmeriGas, Memorial Day Weekend means the unofficial start of the grilling season begins in T-minus 7 days. With citizens all over America firing up their grills for the first time this year, AmeriGas presents 5 tips on how to cook the perfect burger. Follow along and you will be a gill master in no time at all!


1.  Propane Grills Make Perfect Patties

Charcoal grills may be the classic way to grill burgers, but propane grills are the 21st century method of cooking. While charcoal grills take up to an hour to grill hamburgers, propane grills cut that time in half. Creating mouthwatering burgers has never been easier with a propane grill. Just heat the grill up, follow the instructions below, and grill a hamburger patty worthy of Memorial Day Weekend.


 2.  Perfect Your Patty

The shape and size of your patty is a crucial factor in grilling the perfect burger. To form the perfect patty, divide the meat into equal portions and create the burger about ¾-inch thick at the edges and 1/2-inch thick in the center. The patty will even out as it cooks, resulting in the perfect size and shape.


3.  Adjust the Temperature

The most important part of grilling the perfect burger is using the right temperature. Start by warming your grill to high heat, about 450 degrees, or until you can hold your hand over the grate for up to one second. This is important because the high heat will create a warm cooking zone for your patty and will allow the patty to sizzle to perfection.


4.  Fatten Up

Fat is actually a good thing when cultivating the burger from scratch. Your burger should consist of about 15% fat to prevent it from drying out while grilling. Moisture is key to a great burger, so leaving a small amount of fat will keep it nice and juicy! If you think your patty is too lean, don’t despair. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of ice water per pound of meat that you are cooking in order to help restore moisture.


5.  Stop Pressing Down

Believe it or not, pressing down on your burger while it is grilling can ruin your perfect burger. Steve Raichlen, Author of Barbeque Bible, confirms this by saying “Do not, I repeat, do not press on a burger with a spatula while it is grilling.” When you push down on the patty, the juices are squeezed out onto the fire. This dries out your burger and ruins the tenderness you were looking for.


6.  First Times a Charm

You only need to flip the burger once for a perfectly juice and tender burger. The question then becomes, how long should you cook a burger on one side? The average should be about 5-6 minutes of the first side, then flip when the raw top begins to show signs of juices collecting on the top. Flip once, and cook the underside for about 3-4 minutes.


Follow all of these steps and you will have a perfectly cooked hamburger for Memorial Day Weekend!

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BBQ For You!



  • 1 whole chicken (3.5-4 pounds), giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce for serving


Coat the chicken with vegetable oil and sprinkle salt over them on all sides.

Lay the chicken skin side down on the hottest side of the grill in order to sear the skin side well. Grill for 5-10 minutes, depending on how hot the grill is. Maintain the flame on only one side of the grill, and move the chicken pieces to the cooler side, not directly over the flame. Reduce the temp to low or medium low (between 250 and 275 degrees F). Cover the grill and cook undisturbed for 20 to 30 minutes.

Turn the pieces over and baste them with your favorite barbecue sauce. Cover the grill again and allow cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this step again for another 10 to 30 minutes (the timing will depend on your grill set-up and the size of the chicken).The goal is to maintain a low enough grill temp so that the chicken cooks low and slow.

When the internal temp of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F for the breasts and 170 degrees F for the thighs, your chicken is done!

Paint with more barbecue sauce and serve!

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Hurricane Preparedness Week 2016

Hurricane Season

This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week, a week dedicated to educating the public on how to prepare for hurricane season before it starts. The start of hurricane season is only a couple of weeks away so now is a good time to ensure your family is prepared in the event of a hurricane.

Don’t wait until a storm is in the weather forecast to learn how to prepare! Here are 7 simple topics, outlined by Weather-Ready Nation & the NOAA, you can cover this week to prepare.

1. Determine your risk- Even if you don’t live right on the coast you could face wind damage, heavy flooding, and more. Find out what the risk for your area is so you can start preparing now.

2. Develop an evacuation plan- In the event you are in an area that could be unsafe during a hurricane, you’ll need some place safe to go. Plan ahead of time and don’t forget to make a plan for your pets.

3. Secure an insurance check-up- Speak to your insurance company to make sure you have enough coverage for your home, car, or boat. Don’t forget about adding flood insurance if you are at risk

4. Stock up on supplies- Make sure you have enough supplies to for the storm and what comes after. You should stock enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family at least a week.

5. Strengthen your home- Make sure your home will stand up to the storm. Do you have materials to board up windows and doors? Are your tree branches trimmed?

6. Identify trusted sources of information for a hurricane event- The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are the official sources for hurricane forecasts and the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. These organizations partner with more local weather and news outlets to bring you up-to date information. Learn what alerts you can set up so you are in the know.

7. Make a hurricane plan- Write down your hurricane plan before storms are forecasted. Where will you go? What supplies do you need to buy now so you are prepared?

At AmeriGas Safety is our highest priority. As a propane user it is extremely important you have reviewed basic propane safety information. As we get closer to hurricane season, make certain you review Propane Safety & Hurricanes information (located here).  Visit for propane safety related information.

Hurricanes are extreme weather events. Please make the time to check out the hurricane preparedness week page and other sites such as and FEMA for a complete checklist of preparation activities and resources to assist.

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Propane vs. Charcoal


The grilling war is back: Propane vs. Charcoal. Yes, some people love grilling with charcoal and others love grilling with propane (we personally love propane), but is using one really healthier than the other?

The answer is yes! In a study done (Farhadina et al., 2010), charcoal-grilled meats contained more carcinogens, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAH’s, than meat heated with propane. One main reason that charcoal produces more PAH’s than propane is that charcoal usually burns hotter, so there is an increased risk of charring the meat.

A tip to reduce the amount of PAH’s is to trim fat off the meat, which will create less drippings and less smoke. Another tip is to marinate by soaking the meat in lemon juice or vinegar and remember to flip the meat a couple of times throughout the grilling time.

Make sure you stop by any of our 48,000 locations to pick up a healthy grilling habit!

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Top 6 Reasons to Protect Your Propane Price With AmeriGas

Not a fan of surprises? Me either. I like to know what I’m getting, especially when it comes to my energy bills. That’s why I love our guaranteed price programs. I know exactly what I’m getting and how I’m getting it; No games, no gimmicks. Check out the top 6 reasons to enroll in an AmeriGas guaranteed price program!

1.  Total protection:  Our guaranteed price programs provide you with the security of a guaranteed fixed price no matter what happens in the energy market

2.  Flexible payment methods:  We know that there’s no such thing as “one size fits all”. That’s why we offer multiple payment options so you can find what works best for your needs. We offer our customers the option to pay by delivery, in monthly installments, or up front. The choice is yours!

3.  Unlimited gallons: Our AmeriGuard and AmeriLock programs offer you unlimited gallons with no penalties. That means you can use as little, or as much, propane as you need without being penalized for it!

4.  Year Round Protection: For complete peace of mind, our guaranteed price programs protect you year round. Our fixed price contracts make sure you’re protected when those winters creep in a little too early or refuse to go away.

5.  Always Honored: At AmeriGas, we pride ourselves on the fact that we always honor our fixed price contracts.

6.  Complimentary LineGard®: We’re excited to offer additional peace of mind to our AmeriLock and AmeriGuard customers. Starting this year, all AmeriLock and AmeriGuard customers will be automatically enrolled in our LineGard® protection program at no additional charge ($18.95 value). LineGard® provides you with total protection from the costs associated with any exterior propane gas line damage or malfunction!

Interested in learning more about how our guaranteed price programs can protect you this winter? Contact your local office to speak with an expert. Don’t delay—enrollment begins June 1st!


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Countdown to Summer: Propane Pool & Spa Heat

Propane Pool and Spa Heat


The official start of summer is just 6 weeks away and we’re counting down with some of our favorite summertime propane products.

First up on the list….a propane-powered pool or spa heater. Here are the top 3 reasons you should heat your pool or spa with a propane heater.

1. Heating your pool or spa with a propane heater is more efficient and effective. Propane heaters warm your pool or spa faster than electric models. Solar heaters are another green option, but depend on lots of sunny days to heat your pool.
2. Propane pool heaters maintain heat better in cold weather. Propane-powered heaters operate independently from the air temperature so your pool or spa will be the perfect temperature regardless of how cold it is outside.
3.Propane pool and spa heaters come with lower energy costs! Electric heat pumps can be more expensive to start and they also lose efficiency once ambient temperatures fall below 50 degrees. That means they use much more electricity to heat and maintain the water heat.

Think propane when you want an effective, efficient, and less costly option to heat your pool or spa this summer.

Need more info on installing a propane spa or pool heater? Contact one of our energy experts more information.

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Forklift Tips: Optimizing For Safety


Welcome to Week 2 of the Propane Powered Forklift Series.  Like most people operating forklifts to run businesses, you probably haven’t thought about propane safety or waste.

Optimize For Efficiency

Make sure everyone at your site realizes that efficiency and safety at your business are real concerns that affect your business’s bottom line. The following tips will help you optimize forklift efficiency:

  • Make sure forklift operators don’t swap propane cylinders when there is still gas left in the tank. That’s wasting fuel—and money!
  • Limit down time for your forklifts. Operators should understand that if they need a fill soon, they shouldn’t be driving 500 feet from the fill station only to need a refuel. That means precious time is being wasted backtracking 500 feet to get refueled. 

Optimize for Safety

Do you know what to look for to make sure your refueling set-up is safe? Leading propane suppliers have comprehensive safety protocols. Here’s what AmeriGas recommends:

As part of your safety check, look for:

  • Out of date tanks
  • Worn out stickers and OSHA stickers on both the cage and tanks
  • If tanks are inside the building, ensure you are in compliance with NFPA58 (National Fire Code)
  • If tanks are outside, make sure tanks are set the proper distance away from flammable substances
  • Learn how to inspect a tank by looking at the last recertification date and worn out “O” rings
  • Ask your propane supplier for a copy of a hazardous material sheet
  • Determine if a regular cylinder delivery service or on-site tank would improve your operational efficiency—and save time.

Schedule a FREE fuel check to have an AmeriGas representative come on-site to show you the benefits of each refueling option. Lean more and schedule your fuel check by clicking here.


Check back next week when we go over why propane is the best way to power your forklift!

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