Written by Patrick Valiquette

How to Choose the Perfect Propane Patio Heater

Outdoor entertaining is a classic way to entertain friends and family, but the season for it always seems to end too soon or not start soon enough. But, with the right equipment, you can extend the life of your open air get-togethers. Meet propane patio heaters.

Keep quality times going through the cooler months, whether time is spent inside or outside.

Patio heaters provide the warmth needed to prolong the outdoor shindig season. Because of them, you aren’t forced to keep your guests cooped up for three quarters of the year.

So the real question is, which features should you pay attention to while shopping for one?

 

Size and Diameter of Warmth

Easily the most important features to examine are the physical size and the diameter of warmth a patio heater provides.

Since keeping your space heated is your goal, the diameter of warmth is clearly an important feature. The diameter varies depending on brand and style, but some are advertised as consistently heating up to 20 feet.

Hinging on the user’s preference and space available you have for a heater, you can choose from wall-mounted, tabletop and freestanding styles. Tabletop height stays around 4 feet, while freestanding style heights range between 7 and 9 feet.

If you’re deciding between a tabletop and a freestanding heater, consider which kind of propane container you would rather manage – a cylinder or a disposable canister. Freestanding styles use cylinders, and tabletop models require disposable canisters.

 

Safety Features and Fuel Efficiency

As with any heating appliance, safety is a top priority for buyers, especially for families with children. Luckily, many propane patio heaters have built-in safety catches.

The most popular catch is the anti-tip feature. If a heater is tipped past a certain angle, the heater will automatically cut off.

Don’t forget to inspect your option’s fuel efficiency. Ask for or find a heater’s AFUE rating – its annual fuel-utilization efficiency. The better the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance is. This efficiency directly affects your utility bills.

Efficiency is also the area that can sway a shopper to buy a propane heater over their electric counterparts. Electric heaters generally generate less warmth than propane models.

 

Aesthetics

If you’re looking for a patio heater that’s functional and stylish, then this section is for you! If your outdoor space is themed or has a color theme, then you can probably get a patio heater to match it.

Different brands and styles offer a variety of other specialty features, like these:

  • Wheels for mobility.
  • Multiple color or finish options.
  • Heater’s shape – an umbrella-like top is common.
  • Other advantages like the heater’s base being wide enough to set drinks on.

Now that you have an idea of what the perfect propane patio heater is for you, where are you getting your propane?

United Propane Gas would love to fuel your outdoor get-togethers. Check out this page to see the different size cylinders we sell! Or, we can fill your existing cylinders!

 

Topics: Propane Appliances

 

Written by Patrick Valiquette

Be the Chef you’ve wanted to be

Remember that one time when your chicken wasn’t cooked all the way through? The one your family won’t let go? Don’t blame yourself.

Yes, you read that right – your cooking may not be its best because you aren’t cooking on a propane stovetop.

Cooking is a skill many people wish they were better at, or had more time to hone. If you’re one of those people, there’s good news. The meals that just don’t ever seem to go well may not be your fault!

 

Blame Your Burners

Would you hesitate to call yourself the next Bobby Flay? If you would, then we’re here to tell you why. It’s not you. It’s your stovetop.

Electric ranges can be spotty with their heat distribution, which can end up burning one side of the food in your skillet and not cooking the food on the other side! Propane flames provide consistent heat across the bottoms of your cookware, ensuring all your food will be cooked evenly.

Bonus Tip: Cook chicken slowly in between low and medium heat to ensure it’s done all the way through. If it’s cooked too fast, the outsides will be done much earlier than the inside.

 

Instant, Safe, Precise

Electric ranges take time to heat up and cool off. So, when you want them to be hot, you’re forced to wait. And after you’re done with them and want them to be cool, they’re still hot and just begging to be touched accidentally – causing a burn and major frustration.

A propane stovetop makes your range experience instant and safe. The flames provide immediate heat when you turn a knob, and the flames and their heat disappear when you turn it back.

Additionally, propane ranges offer exact temperature control. You can’t be a top chef without the tools to control your food’s temperature!

 

Convenience is King

Propane stovetops can make their users’ lives easier and provide peace of mind in multiple situations.

First go for the snazzy features, like a pilotless ignition. It can save you upward of 30 percent of the stovetop’s energy usage. Isn’t your family’s life easier if you pay less in utility bills?

Then, during times of distress, like a power outage, people who count on electric ranges to cook are out of luck.

On the other hand, those who own propane stovetops are completely capable of using them amidst storms or outages. Keep your family fed even during unfavorable circumstances

Do note that the method of lighting a gas stove without electricity depends entirely on what kind of pilot light it uses. Before buying a propane stovetop, find out what kind of pilot light it has so you’re prepared.
Switch to propane and ease your cooking stress; cooking tasty (and fully cooked) meals every time!

Are you interested in making propane a larger part of your family’s life? Click the button below to find out what size propane tank would best fit your lifestyle! Or, you can contact United Propane Gas directly to ask about switching other appliances over to propane!

Topics: Propane Appliances

 

Written by Patrick Valiquette

3 Reasons to Own Your Propane Tank

United Propane Gas is dedicated to offering the premium-quality services and products you expect from a national company with the price and friendly customer service you want from a local propane dealer.

While serving residential and commercial customers across the country, we receive a lot of questions about whether owning or renting your tank is best. The list could go on for days, but today’s blog focuses on the 3 most important reasons that we feel owning your propane tank is beneficial in both short and long term situations.

1)   Ownership gives you options.

One of the main reasons customers purchase their own propane tank is so they don’t have to be tied to one propane provider. Customers that own their tank can choose from multiple gas providers and can change for individual deliveries. It’s your property, so you are free to use it as you please.

But keep in mind, because it isn’t leased from the propane provider, it is your responsibility to keep the tank in proper working condition.

2)   It pays for itself.

Owning your tank means paying a sizeable upfront cost. Generally speaking, tanks can range in price from $100 to nearly $3,000 depending on the size of the propane tank and whether or not it is installed underground.

But, purchasing a propane tank allows you to avoid rental contracts and monthly or yearly rental fees. While the upfront cost of the tank can be a big financial hardship, the money you spend is repaid over time by avoiding those additional fees. Owning a propane tank can also be financially viable for another major reason.

3)   Owning a propane tank adds value to your home.

Owning your tank and properly maintaining all the associated parts helps add value to your property. Prospective buyers like the idea of being in control of their personal energy source and the greater sense of independence knowing they are independent of the electrical grid, if it goes down. Especially in areas where the winter months are particularly harsh, having access to a reliable source of heat and energy is a huge selling point.

 

These facts are just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other reasons owning your propane tank is beneficial, but these 3 reasons are some of the most important.

Are you ready to experience the advantages of being a UPG customer? It’s easy to start; just follow the link below to request a quote and we will get back to you as soon as possible! Get all the benefits of a national company without all the red tape, and see why so many customers choose and stay with United Propane Gas!

 

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Written by Patrick Valiquette

3 Golden Rules for Propane Safety

 

When used properly, propane is a safe and efficient gas that is incredibly beneficial. Every day, millions of people use propane for a multitude of reasons. But as with any flammable gas, you must take the necessary precautions to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment.

This blog entry aims to provide you with our 3 golden rules for propane safety. This isn’t a comprehensive list of rules and guidelines (we provide that here), we feel these are among the most important to keep in mind when using propane gas.

Recognize the smell.

Propane has a strong, unpleasant odor like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray or a dead animal. Propane manufacturers deliberately add this smell to help alert people to leaks, which are a big safety hazard.

If you do smell gas, it is imperative that you turn off anything that could lead to a flame or a spark. Propane ignites at a higher temperature than other products like gasoline, but if you smell gas this is your first step to preventing disaster.

Next, shut off the gas at the source by turning the valve completely to the right. Remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey. Once you’ve shut the valve completely, leave the area immediately and call the authorities. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer or emergency responders have arrived and cleared the area.

Don’t let your tank run out of gas.

If a valve or gas line is left open when your propane supply runs out, a leak could occur when the system is recharged. Air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank which leads to rusting. Rust not only causes leaks, but can also fade the odor of propane, making it more difficult to detect a leak.

To avoid this problem, set up regular deliveries with your propane retailer and periodically check the gauge on your system. We recommend never letting your tank get below 30%. If your system is approaching this level, call your retailer immediately.

Have your propane systems checked regularly.

In many states, a propane retailer or qualified service technician must perform a leak check on your propane system before turning it on. Having a qualified person examine your system regularly is integral to your safety. If you rent your tank from your propane retailer this may be part of your service agreement. If you own your tank you should have a qualified technician examine your system at regular intervals.

If you’re ever in doubt, just remember to leave it to the experts. Propane retailers and qualified service technicians have years of experience and training on their side to deal with propane properly. Taking things into your own hands can be extremely risky and leaves you and those around you at great risk.

 

With these rules in mind we hope we’ve given you some food for thought when considering propane safety. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us and ask! United Propane Gas would be proud to call you one of our loyal customers!

Topics: Propane Safety