Propane Tank Trivia

Propane is a fuel source used in many different things in today's world, from barbecue grills to cars and trains to lamps and blowtorches. What many people do not know about propane is its wonderful history and how it has impacted the United States and the world for the better. It will continue to be useful and increasingly important in the years to come as countries around the world look for alternatives to current energy usage and more abundant and less pollutant chemicals to use to run their cars and other machinery. Interestingly enough, the many advantages of having these sort of applications of use for propane has sparked a worldwide interest in the fuel, and its impact on popular culture and the world around us is plain to see.

Did you know that...

  • Propane was first discovered to be a useful fuel source one hundred years ago by a man named Dr. Walter O. Snelling?
  • In 1922, 223,000 gallons of propane were produced in the United States?
  • The byproduct produced by the burning of propane where excess oxygen is present is water and carbon dioxide?
  • Trucks that bring propane to the delivery plants are called "bobtails"?

Propane will always be vital to the supplying of energy around the globe. It is the bread and butter of a lot of businesses, and it will continue to be so. Construction businesses use it to power some of their equipment, and it will be necessary to find ways to produce more of it on our own soil to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Alternative energy sources will always be sought after while our budget deficit increases and our ability to depend on our own resources decreases. If we don't get our act together soon, we will be in debt beyond recovery. Businesses and economies cannot survive for long without the ability to produce their own fuel sources, so propane is something we as a country need to be looking into more and more.

Did you know that...

  • Propane is used in "off the grid" productions such as refrigerator fuel and for backup generators?
  • Some have experimented with the use of propane in air conditioning systems in cars, although the use of flammable fuel in systems designed for non flammable chemicals is considered dangerous, and in some cases, against the law?
  • Propane is one of the chemicals used in making propyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol?

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Heating Elements June 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanks for the information. Propane tanks, regardless of size store propane liquid until it is used as either a liquid or vapor.
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Robert Havens February 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

A propane tank used for grills and such have stamped markings on the collar to indicate the last time it has a safety check. I have forgotten how to read these markings. Please tell me. Are the markings an expiration or a date last certified?

How long before a tank must be recertified? Seems to me it is 12 years.

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