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The 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket

Introducing the AmeriGas 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket!  It seems like brackets are all the rage around this time of year in March, so we wondered what one would look like if you put all the best parts about propane together.  So we put together four regions (or categories) and seeded them with a list of items.

Over the next few weeks (while you’re watching your other brackets), we’ll pick some winners and have some fun crowning a propane champion.  Yes, it’s subjective (it’s our website after all), but we’ll give some rationale behind our decisions and hopefully you’ll learn a little more about each one.  Read on to understand the “regions” and seeding and send us your comments and suggestions for who should win.

Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket

The 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket – a match-up of the best our industry has to offer.


  1. 1. Grill – Everyone’s favorite summer (and winter, spring, & fall) appliance for BBQ’ing and tailgating.  Winner of the HDBG Conference (Hot Dogs & Burgers)
  2. 2. Furnace – Just missed out on a #1 seed because everyone likes to be warm.  But they were overworked this winter and enter this tournament very tired.
  3. 3. Water Heater – Because no one likes a cold shower.
  4. 4. Stove (aka range/oven) – Everyone has one.
  5. 5. Tankless Water Heater – The green alternative to #3 that also saves you money.
  6. 6. Pool Heater – Helping extend swimsuit season since forever.
  7. 7. Weed Burner – Killing weeds with flames is awesome.
  8. 8. Tiki Torch -  Luau anyone?


  1. 1. Heat – Far and away #1 use, should go very far in the tournament.
  2. 2. Hot Water – Essential for showers and baths.
  3. 3. Cooking – This team is definitely hungry this year.
  4. 4. Forklifts – Disappointed with a #4 seed, perennial contender.
  5. 5. Greenhouses – Out of the Mountain-Mid-Valley-Sun-Ag Conference, battle tested and proven reliable as an agricultural use for propane.
  6. 6. Lawn Mowers – Up and comer in the propane industry, has had significant growth from last year.
  7. 7. Irrigation – In the same conference as Greenhouses, backed by thousands of farmers nationwide.
  8. 8. Generator - There when you need it with backup power.


  1. 1. Bobtail – The workhorse of the propane industry, with tanks ranging between 2,800 and 3,200 gallons.  A welcome sight in your driveway on a cold winter’s day.
  2. 2. Tandem Bobtail - The heavy-duty double axle bobtail, bigger and more rugged, easily could have been a #1 seed.
  3. 3. Knuckle Boom Truck - A crane truck with the reach dominate all other types of crane trucks (on the) outside.
  4. 4. F-550 Service Truck - Utility body with all the parts (and fittings) to deliver excellent service.
  5. 5. F-350 Service Truck - Somewhat “junior varsity” compared to the F-550.
  6. 6. Beverage Truck (20# cylinders) - Moving hundreds of grill cylinders with a single trip.
  7. 7. Transport - The largest trucks (tractors and trailers) in the fleet, but do most of their work behind the scenes.
  8. 8. Trencher - Yeah you need it for proper installations, but you can’t drive it down a highway.


  1. 1. Leak Checks - Core part of safety, highly-regarded industry wide.
  2. 2. Daily Personal Risk Assessment - Strong, upset-minded team.  They believe they are the #1 safety factor (and maybe they should be).
  3. 3. Wheel Chock Blocks - Winner of the AVC (All-Vehicle Conference).
  4. 4. Face Shields - Beloved by delivery drivers everywhere, but is that enough to carry them through?
  5. 5. Liquid Resistant Gloves - Also a driver favorite.
  6. 6. First Move Forward - While making sure that a vehicle’s first move is forward is a clear winner, will that success translate on the court?
  7. 7. Rotten Egg Smell - Will this be the year ethyl mercaptan breaks out?
  8. 8. Cathodic Protection – Barely made it into the tournament, used for underground propane tanks.
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