Everyone loves a day of grilling outside with family and friends in the summertime. Although this may be a refresher for some, CES wants to give out some important information a s Labor Day approaches – here are some propane safety tips to keep in mind when firing up your gas grill:
First off, what is propane? Propane does not occur naturally, but is refined from raw crude oil and raw natural gas. Propane is then stored under pressure as a liquid; therefore, the name Liquid Propane (LP). LP gas is the ONLY gas that should ever be put into this cylinder
Propane has some properties that are important for safe consumer use. Water boils at 212°F, at which point it turns to a gas. Propane boils at -44°F, so the liquid propane in your cylinder is below -44°F to maintain a liquid state. For consumers, this means that exposure to LP gas can freeze your skin and the tissue underneath resulting in severe damage. This is also why LP gas is released from the cylinder as a gas, not a liquid, known in the industry as “vapor service.”
Propane is also heavier than air and will seek the lowest space available. This is why consumers should never store a LP cylinder in an enclosed space, such as a garage, shed or basement. If the cylinder leaks or if propane is expelled through the pressure relief valve, an ignition source could spark a fire or explosion. Also, the cylinder should always be stored in an upright position so the pressure release valve can function properly (it is at the top of the tank). As propane is odorless, the manufacturer adds an odorant for obvious safety reasons.
With all that in mind – here are some additional safety tips since we’re half-way through “Grillin’ Season” —
Storing Propane Tanks During Winter
Some of us continue to grill all year long, but if you’re planning to winterize your grill, there are several things you should do to prevent injuries and accidents. Start by coating the grill plates, burners and other internal metal parts with cooking oil to prevent moisture build up over the winter. This will reduce the possibility of rust forming.
If you’re storing your grill outside during the winter months, it’s ok to keep the propane tank connected, just shut it off. Cover the grill with a tarp, and keep it away from your home. This will prevent an accident if the tank explodes, and will protect the grill from icicles that may fall.
If you’re storing the grill indoors, never bring the tank inside! – not even into a detached garage or a storage shed. A small gas leak can cause a huge explosion if the tank is stored in an enclosed space. Starting a vehicle or snow blower can provide enough of a spark to spell disaster. Instead, do the following:
- Disconnect the tank and store it outside in an upright position away from dryer and furnace vents, and children’s play areas.
- Tape a plastic bag over the grill’s gas line opening to prevent insects from nesting.
- If you live in a snowy area, mark the location of the tank to avoid accidents.
So before Summer is over…
Come to Combined Energy Services for all your residential propane needs. From tank installations, deliveries, back-up generator service, or BBQ cylinder refills- we are your one stop shop for all your gas needs!
The hot weather is back and its finally time to make the most out of our backyards!
By using Propane Gas, you can save money on all those outdoor appliances while cutting down on your carbon footprint.
Not only is Propane Gas a more Eco-friendly alternative to conventional gas and electric energy systems, it’s also safer and cheaper. Factoring in both the installation and maintenance costs of your equipment, propane can save around 30 per cent compared to electricity and 25 per cent compared to conventional oil energy.
At Combined Energy Services we offer propane gas services for many uses including: Cooking, Water Heating, Clothes Drying, Central Heating, Back-up Electric Generator, Space Heating, Garage Heating, Pool & Spa Heaters, Gas Fireplaces, and BBQ Grilling!
Learn more about cost effective and environmentally friendly Propane Gas HERE
A Grand Opening Event You Won’t Want To Miss!
After much hard work, we are happy to say we will be offering our customers propane gas, welding supplies & safety equipment, BBQ tank fills, exceptional service and MORE!
As many other gas companies sell-out to large national and international corporations – CES is happy to bring 50 years of family-owned business back to Northern NJ.
For questions regarding our new location or the grand opening call us at (973) 948-0090
As spring and summer come upon us, the weather will gradually become warmer, more people will go outside and the smell of BBQ will begin to fill the air.
If you use propane grills, at some point, the propane cylinder tank will come to the end of its life cycle and no longer be serviceable. When it’s time to get rid of your old propane cylinder, it’s important to know how to properly dispose of a propane tank cylinder. Proper disposal is a matter of environmental safety, as well as personal and home safety.
Since many of these cylinders are portable, customers can take the tank to their local propane company where they know how to properly dispose of them. This is the safest and best option. Residual propane may be left in the tank, and the propane company has the knowledge and equipment to safely remove the product. After the product is safely removed, the tank is depressurized, all the valves and fittings are removed and the tank is scrapped.
Unlicensed individuals attempting to remove gas from a cylinder or any propane tank prior to disposal can result in fire, injury or death.
Leave it to the professionals. Combined Energy Services accepts cylinders at their office locations at NO COST (1 lb. camping type cylinders cost $2 each). The decision is safety and environmentally driven – to keep cylinders out of the waste stream, keep them from being thrown roadside since they cannot be discarded, and protect area fire fighters since if they, they will accumulate on properties.
To find a Combined Energy Services location, click here.
Don’t Fill up – Hook up!!
Connect your home propane tank to your BBQ that already supplies gas to appliance. CES will connect your grill through a propane grill connection to your propane tank.
Eliminate the need for tanks! Installation is easy!
Tired of huge winter heating bills? Tired of fluctuating heating prices? Don’t like calling for deliveries of propane or fuel oil?
If you answered YES to any of those questions, the CES Budget Plans is the solution!
The CES Budget Payment Plan is the SMART way to heat your home or business!
How does the Budget Payment Plan Work?
CES will estimate your annual fuel consumption and spread these costs out over the year with smaller payments. Our plans run for 12 months (May 1 – April 30) to keep your payments as low as possible!
There are different budget plans to meet your individual needs!
On average, our Price-Capped Budget Payment Plans Customers
SAVE $0.30 – $1.50 PER GALLON!
CES Budget Payment Plan Customers also receive these great benefits:
- 12 Lower, Monthly Payments
- Different Budget Plans to meet your needs
- Get our lowest “Prompt Pay” price
- “Cap Price” available to ensure price never exceeds a set price all year, but can go down if the wholesale market drops.
- Automatic Delivery of Propane, Fuel Oil, or Kerosene
- Access to our Professional HVAC services 24/7
- Can be Billed Directly to your Credit Card or Bank Account for auto withdrawal.
- Enroll for a chance to win great prizes (Weber Stainless Steel BBQ Grill or Propane Patio Heater)
The CES Budget Payment Plans is the hassle free way to budget your annual heating costs! Contact CES @ 800-874-1975 or complete the form below to become enrolled in the next budget payment plan.