For a long time most people only used propane when they fired up the grill on the back deck, but these days it’s uses are much more diverse than that.
Most of the new homes in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Maine are being built with propane gas as their central-heat fuel. And it’s being used for other appliances around the home:
- Cooktops and ranges
- Clothes dryers
- Gas logs/fireplaces
- Zone heaters
- Water heaters
- Pool and spa heaters
- Patio heaters, fire pits, and landscape lighting
- And, yes, grills and barbeques.
But why use propane, and what is it? Briefly, propane is a bi-product of both natural gas processing and crude oil refining. 97% of the propane used in the US is produced in North America. It’s non-toxic, colorless and almost odorless – for safety reasons, an odor called mercaptan (which smells like rotten eggs) is added to propane so that it can be easily detected in the event of a leak. But despite the smell, it’s one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels and is approved as a ‘clean fuel’ by the EPA. Added to that, it costs less per gallon than #2 fuel oil and the price tends to be less volatile, even in times of high demand.
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