How To Refill a Propane Grill Tank

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grill tank refill Shippensburg, PA Are you hosting the Memorial Day cookout this year? If so, you probably have a to-do list going.

That list can include getting burgers and hot dogs, rolls, coleslaw fixing, and condiments. But there’s one more item to add to your cookout to-do list: Getting a propane grill tank refill from Sweetwater Energy!

We offer propane cylinder exchange services in two ways: through five automated kiosks that are available 24/7 and through in-person exchanges at 12 retail locations.

You can not only swap your empty tank for a full one, but you can also purchase full propane grill tanks. Many folks like to have a second full tank on hand as a backup.

Here’s what you need to do to have a full propane grill tank.

How to remove an empty propane tank from the grill

Make sure your grill is turned off and the valve on the current propane grill tank is closed before disconnecting it from the grill.

  1. To unscrew the pressure regulator of your grill, turn it counterclockwise using the phrase “Lefty loosy, righty tighty” as a reminder.
  2. Before attempting to remove the cylinder, confirm whethr your grill has a restraining bolt. If it does, remember to loosen it first.
  3. Take the cylinder out of the storage compartment.

How to make a cylinder exchange

You can visit our retail locations during their regular business hours without the need for an appointment.

For safety reasons, please leave the empty cylinder you are exchanging outside the store near the storage cages where you will find the full cylinders. Do not bring the empty cylinder inside the store. To exchange your cylinder, simply visit the customer service department and request it. Your purchase will be processed at the counter, followed by the clerk taking you to the storage cage where they will swap your empty cylinder for a full one. With that, you’re on your way home with a full grill tank!

Can’t get to our retail locations during regular business hours? No problem! Our 24/7 kiosks are as easy to use as an ATM. The kiosks accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards. Simply follow the directions on the kiosk to either do a cylinder exchange or buy a new, full cylinder.

How to connect the full tank to your grill

When you get home, connecting your new tank to the grill is easy. Place the new cylinder into the storage compartment and secure it using the restraining bolt if your grill has one. Attach pressure regulator to the cylinder valve and turn it to the right until it’s fully tightened.

There’s one more thing to do: a link test. Here’s what to do:

  1. Apply soapy water to the valve of the tank and the grill’s regulator/hose.
  2. Open the valve on the tank. If you see bubbles, it may indicate a leakage or a loose connection.
  3. Close the valve. After that, make sure all the connections are securely tightened before opening it back up. If air bubbles continue to appear, it may be necessary to replace either the hose or the tank.

Sweetwater Energy’s propane grill tank exchange provides an outstanding opportunity to add revenue to your retail establishment while drawing in more customers. Contact us today to learn more!

What is Propane Made Of?

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propane supplier Newburg, PA Propane is the perfect fuel source to keep your home or business in Southern Pennsylvania and New York’s Finger Lakes Region running with its versatility, efficiency, and numerous advantages! Not only that, but it also reduces environmental harm.

Don’t be intimidated by propane if you don’t know much about it! We’ve gathered helpful resources to help expand your knowledge and understanding.

What is propane?

The full name of propane is Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Propane’s chemical formula is C₃H₈.

Edmund Ronalds, who was a British scholar and industrial chemist, discovered propane in 1864 while studying the chemical makeup of crude oil from Pennsylvania.

While conducting research for the US Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh in 1910, Walter O. Snelling discovered that some gases that evaporate can be converted into liquids.

Snelling discovered that propane was the most abundant gas and then developed and patented a method to bottle LPG. Later, Frank Philips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum, bought Snelling’s patent for $50,000, which would be equivalent to approximately $1.4 million today.

To make propane easier to detect, it needs to be given a scent because it does not have one naturally. The most common odorant added to propane during production is ethyl mercaptan, which smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray and makes it possible to quickly identify leaks. If you notice that distinct smell in your home, follow these propane safety best practices:

Evacuate the house right away and move to a safe place. Avoid staying in the house or searching for the origin of the leak.

If it is safe for you to do so, turn off the propane supply valve on your propane tank
Once you are at a safe distance, call both 911 and Sweetwater Propane.

Please wait for clearance from first responders or our service technicians before returning.

Where does propane come from?

The increase in shale gas production has led to a rise in the production of propane in Canada and the U.S. This is because propane is mainly obtained as a by-product during natural gas processing, where various gases like methane, ethane, propane, and butane are extracted.

Almost 70% of the propane supply in our nation is obtained from natural gas processing, while the remaining portion is sourced from crude oil refining.

Propane is transported through pipelines, tankers, ships, trains, and trucks to bulk propane distribution centers. Local vendors, including Sweetwater Propane, receive the propane from these centers and deliver it to our customers.

Our propane delivery is reliable and, if you choose Automatic Delivery with FREE wireless propane tank monitoring, you’ll never have to stress about running out of propane. We also provide propane tank installation and leasing.

Is propane environmentally friendly?

Both the 1990 Clean Air Act and 1992 National Energy Policy have recognized propane as an alternative fuel that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Propane is a cleaner option than natural gas since it doesn’t emit methane, which is a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Propane does not harm the air, soil, water, aquatic life, marine life, or plant life in the rare event of a leak.
Propane is both a clean and efficient source of energy. Modern propane appliances and heating systems have efficiency ratings of 95% or higher, meaning you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

Get all the benefits propane offers your home with reliable propane delivery and service from Sweetwater Propane! Become a customer today.

Propane vs. Electric Water Heaters

Which one is right for your home?

propane vs. electric water heater

The average water heater with a tank lasts on average 10 years, so if yours is already that age or older, it’s time to start looking for a replacement.

Don’t wait until your water heater fails to choose a new one. If you do, not only will you have to deal with a messy and costly cleanup, but you’ll also have to hurry up and make a selection for a new water heater. By beginning to plan replacing it now, you have a chance to do your research and feel good about your choice.

When you’re in the market for a new water heater, one vital thing to think about is how much it will impact your energy costs. You’ll save more money in the long run if you choose a propane water heater over an electric one!

Factors in water heating costs

You might not know this, but water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy costs. That puts it in second place, right after heating and cooling. But did you also know that making the right choice in a water heater can lead to some great savings?

These are some points to consider when you’re choosing between a propane and an electric water heater.

Energy factor. You can use the Energy Factor (EF) of a water heater to compare the energy efficiency of two different models. The higher the score, the more efficient it is. This metric provides significant insights into a unit’s overall operating cost when compared to other types of appliances.

The EF number is obtained from a test developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, which takes into account not only the heat loss within the heater and its plumbing but also how much heat it can send to the water in its tank. The Energy Factor of a propane water heater is often in the range of .5 to .65, whereas electric water heaters an Energy Factor of around .9.

The EF is a good metric to use when determining a heater’s operational cost, though it does not take into account the price of fuel or power. As such, while the Energy Factor can give you a general idea of the operating cost of your water heater, it is not enough to get an accurate estimate.

Recovery efficiency. The EF is a rating that determines how quickly a heater can heat water. Propane-powered models have, on average, quicker recovery efficiency than electric ones—meaning less hot water needs to be stored in order to maintain demand. As such, you may need a smaller tank for propane than you would with an electric model. A smaller size requires less energy overall to keep a large volume of water hot, resulting in lower operating expenses down the line.

The time it takes for a tank of water to heat back up is determined by the recovery efficiency. However, since propane has much higher recovery efficiency, you won’t have to wait as long in between showers. And if you use a propane tankless water heater, you’ll never have to wait because they provide an unlimited amount of hot water whenever you need it!

Fuel and energy costs. Even though electric water heaters are more efficient, propane water heaters cost less to operate because electricity is more expensive.

You can compare for yourself using the Department of Energy’s simple form that calculates operating costs for water heaters.

You can’t beat propane for comfort and efficiency, and you can’t beat Sweetwater Propane for reliable and courteous propane delivery and service! Become a customer today.

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