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Restaurants & Propane: Interesting industry statistics

Restaurants use propane in a variety of ways. The most obvious, cooking, is one of only several applications. Restaurants also use propane for hot water, space heat, patio heat and generators. Let’s take a look at some interesting restaurant industry statistics:


  • 96% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas heat over electric
  • 50% of a restaurant’s energy consumption is used in food preparation and storage
  • Energy efficient propane fryers can save 39% in energy costs annually over standard-efficiency electric fryers

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Propane Safety Steps

Propane safety is very important for both businesses and families alike. Be prepared from the cold winters to the summer grilling season by following these steps to keep safe and happy year round:

  1. Mark the location of your tank. The marker should be high enough so it can be easily seen while cutting the lawn or above average snow coverage.
  2. Check your chimneys, vent pipes, vent connectors, and propane tank for damage, blockage, or debris from snow or other types of weather. Use a broom to clear these areas frequently. This will help reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning due to blocked or damaged chimneys, and vents.

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History of Propane Powered Forklifts

Forklifts are a staple and an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing operations, and they have been around for longer than most would suspect. Forklifts have been around for almost a century. In 1917, Clark Material Handling Company began developing and using powered tractors and powered lift tractors in their factories. Following suit, in 1920, Yale & Towne Manufacturing entered the lift truck market. Forklifts continued to be further developed and expanded through the 1930s, which also brought along the integration of the standardized pallet. The start of World War II spurred the use of forklift trucks. Following the war, more efficient and easier methods of storing products in warehouses was implemented.

The propane forklift was first utilized in the 1950s. The forklifts were powered by the “standard” size industrial cylinder. This cylinder was conceived by determining the amount of fuel needed to power a forklift for an entire eight-hour shift. The 33-pound cylinder, a workhorse for industry, was designed for a four-cylinder forklift. The 43-pound cylinder will power a larger, six-cylinder forklift for an eight-hour shift.

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Propane in America: the 1920s – The Days of Our Prosperity

The 1920s were an exciting, growth-filled decade for the United States. Homeowners began purchasing gas appliances, improvements in propane manufacturing led to more economic means of its production and cutting gas sales stepped up. The industry also experienced massive improvements in bulk delivery systems, new technologies and equipment arrived on the scene, and there was an increase in product innovations and industry support.

In 1922, the Bureau of Mines began keeping statistics on propane sales. Total sales for 1922 were 223,000 gallons, with year over year increases until 1979. Here’s a brief highlight of US propane sales in the 1920s:

Propane Gallons in the 1920s

Annual gallons in the 1920s

  • 1923: 270,000 gallons
  • 1924: 376,000 gallons
  • 1925: 404,000 gallons
  • 1926: 465,000 gallons
  • 1927: 1,000,000 gallons
  • 1928: 4,522,899 gallons
  • 1929: 10,000,000 gallons

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H&S Bakery Delivers Bread and Sustainability with Alt Fuel Vehicles

H&S Bakery, a long-standing provider of hearth-baked goods in Baltimore, unveiled its fleet of clean-operating alternatively fueled vehicles today.

“We want our customers and community to know that we are investing in them and working hard to meet our sustainability goals,” said Chuck Paterakis, vice president of transportation and logistics for H&S Baking. “With propane autogas, we’re doing just that with a domestically produced fuel that lowers emissions across our delivery area.”

Funded in part by a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, the autogas fleet will reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent compared to gasoline. Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint.

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Visit from Overseas: Delegates Learn About U.S. Propane and Propane Safety

Recently, delegates from Saudi Arabia visited an AmeriGas plant to learn about our industry, propane processes and  safety measures that are implemented for our industry.

Below, PERC‘s (Propane Education and Research Council) communications manager, Emily McComas, wrote about her onsite experience and observations from their visit to Frederick, Maryland on Energy Gumbo’s website:

How do you transport propane safely by pipeline, bobtail, and rail? What is better — aboveground or underground storage? How many U.S. propane companies are there? How does a bobtail driver become qualified to deliver propane?

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See Why Propane is on Santa’s “Nice List”

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Breaking News: Santa’s list is branching out! Not only has he been keeping his eye on children’s behavior, but like many others, he has started to pay attention to propane (and for all the right reasons this season!).

Why has propane been added to the “Nice” List? Where do we begin?! Let’s start with noting that Christmas trees aren’t the only thing that’s green around the holidays anymore:

Environmentally Friendly Fuel:
Help the Earth when you choose propane for your energy needs. Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane has always been a “green” fuel: far ahead of today’s trends.

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Propane in America: the 1910s – A Brilliant Discovery

December 13, 1880 marks the birthdate of Walter O. Snelling, otherwise known in this industry as the “Father of Propane.” In honor of Dr. Snelling’s birthday, we have decided to take a look back at the history of propane, from its discovery in 1910 through modern days. Join us over the next few months as we delve into the history of propane in America. This week, we will look at the decade of the 1910s, at the birth and discovery of propane.

Walter O. Snelling, Father of Propane

So, what was happening at the beginning of the 20th century to set the stage for the discovery of propane? The  major player here was that in 1910, Americans began leaving behind the horse and buggy in favor of Henry Ford’s Model T automobile. Beginning in 1904, natural gas was being compressed to obtain its gasoline content to meet the needs to fuel the ever growing “horseless carriage market.” Commercialization of fuel was about to emerge, leading to further experimentation and methods to extract more types of fuel. Then the big bang moment for our industry happened. In 1910, Walter O. Snelling isolated butane and propane from natural gas, leading to a patent and the historical title of “father of the LP-gas industry.”

In 1911, American Gasol Co. became the world’s first propane gas company, incorporated in West Virginia with Walter O. Snelling, Frank Peterson and Chester Kerr as the main stock shareholders.  By the end of the decade, there were several more propane gas sellers in the market.

Uses of Propane in the 1910

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Double Your Incentive: PERC Propane Mower Incentive ProgramThrough March 2015

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is offering a limited-time promotion for the Propane Mower Incentive Program. The incentive program will feature a “Double Your Incentive” opportunity for applicants. Now through March 31, 2015, you can earn $2,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $1,000 per qualifying mower conversion. In return, you’ll provide feedback and performance data for one mowing season.

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Now is the perfect time to start thinking about next year’s mowing season. With this PERC program plus your state’s incentive program, (contact your state’s propane gas association for incentives they may offer) the cost of a conversion could be next to nothing.

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Thanksgiving: Gobble, Gobble, It’s Go Time for Your Grill!

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There are many family traditions that surround the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. From who hosts, to what foods will be made, what football games will be watched and who claims what couch to nap on. Maybe, it’s time to ruffle some feathers and change things up a bit?! If you’re looking to spice things up (more than adding extra cinnamon to that secret family recipe for pumpkin pie), we suggest going big time, with the bird! Grilling or frying your turkey this year is one of the latest trends in tradition-breaking deliciousness. has both, grilling and frying, instructions, which we have also listed below:

Grilling Your Turkey
Although it’s not the most common method, grilling can be a fun way to take a delicious turkey dinner outdoors. But being in the elements requires some special food safety considerations, so be sure to read our instructions and tips carefully.

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