Propane Gas: 10 Things You Might Not Know

Think you know propane? We’ve got some fascinating facts for you!

know propane tennesseeIf you get propane delivery from Advanced Propane, you already know about many of the ways propane can make your Tennessee or Southern Kentucky home even better.

But there may be some things you don’t know about propane and all that it can do. We have 10 facts about propane that will have you looking beyond the BBQ grill, and help you learn more about this versatile fuel!

Facts About Propane

  1. The chemical formula for propane is C3H8.
  2. In its natural state, propane has no odor and no color. The rotten-egg smell the propane in your home or business has is a chemical, most commonly ethyl mercaptan, added for safety purposes.
  3. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist, was the first person to identify propane as a volatile component in gasoline. He patented propane, and later sold his patent to Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum, in 1913. The sale price for the patent was $50,000. That’s $1.3 million in today’s dollars.
  4. Around 90 percent of America’s propane supply is produced domestically and is a byproduct of natural gas processing.
  5. The propane industry produces about $40 billion of the U.S. gross domestic product.
  6. Propane is one of the cleanest-burning fossil fuels and is not classified as a greenhouse gas. In fact, it is named as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy of 1992.
  7. In the event of a leak, propane will not damage the air, soil or water.
  8. You get a lot of bang for your energy buck with propane. Today’s propane heating system and other propane appliances have efficiency ratings of 95 percent, or even higher!
  9. If propane is combined with air, it will not ignite until the source of ignition reaches 940 degrees Fahrenheit. That makes propane safe to transport in tanks.
  10. Around 95 percent of professional chefs prefer to cook with gas because of the precise, instant temperature control and even cooking it offers. That makes propane a great choice for commercial kitchens.

Get in touch with the professionals at Advanced Propane to learn more about what propane can do to benefit your home or business, today!