Portable propane cylinders provide fuel to grills, patio heaters, gas firepits, recreational vehicles and lots of other outdoor products. These 20-pound cylinders allow for a ready supply of propane that’s also easily transportable and refillable (especially at a Superior Propane refill station).
However, there are specific guidelines for the requalification and upkeep of propane cylinders, and it’s crucial that you dispose of any propane cylinder that is no longer safe to use.
If your propane cylinder is dented or showing signs of excessive corrosion, you should stop using it and dispose of it safely. You should also cease usage of any propane cylinder that you know is leaking. There is a fairly simple at-home leak test you can perform on a grill tank when you attach it to your freestanding grill.
One key component of ensuring safe propane cylinder usage is keeping up with your cylinder requalification schedule.
Portable propane tanks like the one you use for your grill are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Indeed, you might hear people call them DOT tanks. The DOT has specific guidelines for propane cylinder inspection and requalification.
Generally, you are required to have any portable propane cylinder inspected and requalified by an authorized DOT facility 12 years after its manufacture date — then every five years after that. You can typically find the manufacture date on the cylinder’s neck or handle.
Propane refill stations should not fill any propane cylinder they know to be expired.
How you dispose of an old or damaged propane cylinder in Kingman, Flagstaff or other cities and towns that Superior Propane serves depends on your local codes and ordinances. Pretty much all counties in Northern Arizona offer some drop-off locations for old propane containers. For example, Coconino County residents can drop off their cylinders at the Hazardous Products Center in Flagstaff, and Mohave County partners with private businesses to accept these items for disposal.
You should contact your local services department to find out exactly where you should take your old cylinder. You can also reach out to Superior Propane. If we can’t accept the old propane tank, we’ll help you find the proper point of disposal.
If you have a grill, space heater, firepit or RV that needs propane, Superior Propane has a convenient option that saves you money and time. Come to one of our local propane cylinder refill stations, located at businesses throughout Northern Arizona. You can fill up your empty propane tank for less and support a local business in the process!
Feel free to contact Superior Propane for information about safely using propane in your home.
Take a stroll down a major street at lunchtime in Sedona, Flagstaff or other cities in Northern Arizona, and you will see an unbelievable lineup of cuisines: barbecue, tacos, sliders, loaded hot dogs, vegan delicacies and much more.
The food truck scene has exploded recently. At Superior Propane, we’re proud to supply the fuel these mobile eateries need to feed hungry customers. We refill food truck propane tanks at multiple locations, and our commercial propane team is always available to speak with you about how we can make your business sizzle more efficiently.
There are several compelling reasons why Arizona food truck proprietors turn to propane for their energy needs.
Food trucks generally use 100-pound propane tanks. These tanks can be handled by two workers and can power your appliances for several hours. You can attach tanks to food trucks in two ways:
Please be sure to train your employees on how to identify the smell of odorized propane (the smell of rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray), how to locate your truck’s gas lines and how to contact emergency services to address a propane leak.
If you own or manage a food truck in Northern Arizona, our commercial propane team can work with you to develop a fueling plan that meets your business’s needs. And if you need to refill your truck’s 100-pound tanks quickly and safely, drop by one of our convenient propane refill stations!
Need help getting propane for your food truck fleet? Reach out to Superior Propane today.
January has brought some glacially cold evenings to Jerome and other cities in our northern Arizona service region. Homeowners in our region are facing night after night of temperatures in the teens and single digits. It’s reasonable to wonder whether you’re getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to home heating. After all, space heating makes up a significant chunk of your home’s energy budget. And having substandard home heating can be a comfort and safety issue at this time of year.
Not all fuels generate the same amount of heat. At Superior Propane, we can help you determine whether propane is the best option for keeping your loved ones warm.
Certainly, you can use temperature to determine how hot a given fuel burns. Propane and natural gas both burn at a temperature of approximately 3,560˚ F, but this does not tell the whole story.
A more accurate way of measuring heat generation is in British Thermal Units (Btu). One Btu is the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water by 1˚ F. This metric can tell you how much heat energy is generated with a given amount of fuel.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, propane generates about 91,452 Btu per gallon . This is a lot of heat, especially compared to natural gas and electricity.
Natural gas generates less than half the heat of propane per cubic foot. You would need roughly 88 cubic feet of natural gas to produce the same number of Btu that a gallon of propane does.
You would also need about 27 kilowatt hours of electricity to get the same amount of heat energy.
We know that propane gas can produce a lot of heat, but what about the equipment that uses it? Here’s a rundown of propane products and how they stack up efficiency-wise:
Households throughout Arizona are discovering the efficiency, high performance and reliability of propane heating systems and home appliances. For over a quarter-century, Superior Propane has helped homeowners convert to this versatile, American-made fuel. We can also help you install and maintain premium appliances that will keep your family comfortable and your energy bills low.
Are you interested in receiving propane delivery service from us or adding propane products to your home? Take a moment to contact the Superior Propane team today.
According to the National Propane Gas Association, over 50 million American homes use propane in some capacity. About 11.9 million households use it for heating, cooking, standby power, laundry drying and hot water generation. And those are just the start of its household uses.
Propane is a green, efficient, economical and versatile fuel for homes in Flagstaff, across Northern Arizona, and throughout the U.S. We’re happy to provide world-class propane delivery and propane appliance services to families in the Grand Canyon State.
Here are five reasons that our customers love using propane appliances in their homes.
Do you want to get the most bang for your energy buck? Propane appliances have some of the best fuel efficiencies around, which can keep your family comfortable while reducing energy costs. Consider these efficiency facts:
The propane tank on your property can supply fuel for a range of home systems and appliances. In addition to furnaces, water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers, propane also powers many home amenities, including:
Additionally, you can enjoy true energy independence with a propane standby generator. These products keep lights, refrigerators, and medical and mobility equipment running even when the power grid fails.
Propane’s carbon intensity (the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to generate a given amount of energy) is way lower than gasoline and diesel. Because Arizona’s electric grid relies on natural gas and coal for over half its generation, our grid power’s carbon intensity score is nearly 70% higher than propane’s. Propane contains no methane (a potent greenhouse gas) and virtually no particulate matter (a carcinogen).
Propane is also nontoxic. Even in the rare event of a tank leak, this fuel doesn’t pose a threat to soil and water.
Not only are propane appliances generally efficient, but propane itself tends to be remarkably affordable. Virtually all the propane used in the U.S. is domestically made. This insulates it somewhat from global energy market fluctuations.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) enforces strict rules about propane handling, so few accidents occur each year. Moreover, today’s propane appliances are equipped with safety shut-off mechanisms. They also typically have electronic ignition systems to give you years of trouble-free operation.
Reach out to Superior Propane to explore your propane appliance installation and service options.
The transportation sector is the single largest contributor to America’s carbon emissions. It’s no surprise that businesses, non-profits, municipalities, activists and civic leaders are focused on how to move vehicles away from the two big traditional petroleum fuels: gasoline and diesel.
While you’ve likely heard a lot about electric vehicles (EVs), there’s another tool for decarbonizing vehicles of all sizes: propane autogas.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) says there are more than 60,000 propane autogas commercial vehicles on U.S. roads right now. These fleets enjoy cleaner operation, lower maintenance costs and affordable, American-made fuel. Propane autogas powers light-duty and medium-duty trucks, school buses, taxis, shuttles and more. There are autogas refill stations in every state.
Here are some advantages of choosing propane autogas for your northern Arizona business.
An autogas fleet conversion yields some significant cost benefits for businesses and municipalities. Alliance AutoGas notes that propane is consistently 30-50% less expensive than gasoline or diesel because it’s an overwhelmingly U.S.-made fuel. Even accounting for a slightly lower fuel economy for propane, you can still expect to see lower fuel expenses.
Autogas engines tend to be longer-lasting and less expensive to maintain than diesel and gasoline engines.
Propane engines need less oil by volume than diesel engines and also don’t require the same costly diesel emissions fluids (DEF) and diesel particulate filters (DPF) to run clean. DPFs require professional cleaning every 200,000 miles, potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars for a cleaning machine or mechanic fees.
Gasoline vehicles can experience fuel degradation and accelerated wear of engine components, which isn’t a significant issue with autogas engines.
One major obstacle to converting a vehicle fleet to electricity is the expense of recharging stations. The estimated cost to set up infrastructure for 10 electric vehicles with five level 3 fast EV chargers can reach $480,000. By contrast, the estimated cost to install infrastructure for 10 propane autogas vehicles with a single 1,000- to 2,000-gallon tank is around $60,000. Meanwhile, a Class 4-7 EV can cost up to four times more than a comparable propane autogas vehicle.
Propane vehicles also outpace EVs for range. Class 4-7 propane autogas vehicles achieve distances of around 350 miles. Electric trucks can only travel approximately 120 miles on a charge.
Let’s take a moment to compare propane autogas emissions and other popular transportation fuels.
The Argonne National Laboratory’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model has demonstrated that powering a vehicle with propane can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 13% compared with gasoline and diesel, and autogas sourced as a co-product of natural gas production (as over two-thirds of U.S. propane is) can reduce petroleum use by 99%. There are also significant reductions in nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emissions.
It’s also worth noting that PERC has found that propane’s carbon intensity is over 40% lower than Arizona’s grid electricity, which relies heavily on coal and natural gas for generation.
Fleet operators can also save money with the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit. This part of the federal Inflation Reduction Act may allow you to claim a credit for every gasoline gallon equivalent of propane autogas purchased. This credit is available through December 31, 2024, and extends back to January 1, 2022.
Fleet managers and businesses in Flagstaff, Jerome, Sedona, Prescott, Bullhead City and other communities we serve have said goodbye to lining up at service station pumps and reconciling driver receipts. Superior Propane sets up safe and intuitive autogas pumps for businesses so employees can refill their tanks on-site. Our dependable propane delivery team will ensure you never run out of autogas.
Take a moment to see how an autogas fleet can shrink your carbon footprint and lower your costs. Contact our team today.
Many things go into ensuring profitability for your commercial venture, and a significant responsibility of any business owner is keeping costs down without sacrificing safety or productivity. At Superior Propane, we appreciate that energy costs can affect your bottom line considerably.
Business owners in Williams, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and surrounding areas are always looking for dependable energy that’s safe and cost-effective. They often ask us if propane or electric equipment is best for their workplaces. Let’s compare commercial propane and electric systems.
If you want to supply heated air to individual spaces in your commercial property, you might be choosing between a propane furnace or a heat pump system. Both systems have zoned heating capabilities with individual self-contained units, but the propane system is generally more efficient and effective. Commercial propane furnaces have heating capacities from 44,000 up to more than 1 million Btu/hour. They boast fuel efficiency levels as high as 98.5%. Heat pump systems struggle to produce that level of comfort that efficiently.
And propane has a carbon intensity score (how much carbon dioxide is generated to produce a given amount of energy) that’s more than 40% lower than Arizona grid electricity, which relies heavily on coal and natural gas for generation.
When comparing traditional storage tank water heaters, you’ll find that new, properly-sized propane units can typically heat twice as much water per hour than comparable electric units. Commercial propane water heaters have capacities of 100 gallons or more, plus the ability to heat water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit!
Tankless propane water heaters offer even better efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy says they can be up to 34% more efficient than storage-tank products. Tankless water heaters are smart investments with a lifespan often exceeding two decades.
Over 90% of professional chefs prefer gas cooktops, ranges and ovens over electric alternatives — and with good reason. These products offer instant, powerful heat that you can adjust to exactly the right temperature. Propane-powered fryers, griddles, steam cookers and other commercial kitchen products can save you money with Energy Star-rated efficiency.
Propane-powered commercial clothes dryers can have burner capacities ranging from 18,000 to over 550,000 Btu/hour. They generally boast much shorter drying times than equivalent electric units. Many commercial propane dryers also have perforated drums to create more balanced airflow and air recirculation to save you money on energy use.
So many worksites, manufacturers, distribution centers and other commercial projects depend on a reliable indoor and outdoor forklift fleet. Propane forklifts offer functionality and adaptability you won’t find with electric forklifts.
While both propane and electric forklifts can work indoors safely, electric models can become damaged in rainy outdoor conditions. Propane vehicles keep rolling in the rain without problems. Electric forklifts also tend to lose power as their battery is depleted. There’s no “fade” with propane, though. Your forklift keeps going at 100% capacity until the last drop of fuel.
And while you might lose hours waiting for an electric forklift to recharge, all you need to do is exchange an empty propane forklift cylinder for a full one, and you’ll be back to work right away.
Whatever commercial propane systems or equipment your business uses, the Superior Propane team has the skills, experience and dedication to keep it running. We offer commercial-grade propane tanks, a customized bulk propane delivery schedule and plenty of other fueling solutions.
Reach out to us today to discuss your commercial propane needs. We’re ready to create your tailor-made fuel plan.
It’s hard to believe that the year is nearing its end. We’re saying goodbye to pumpkin-spiced coffee and hello to peppermint. Holiday season shopping is revving up in a big way, and the nights are getting chillier. We’re looking at freezing temperatures overnight in northern Arizona, with propane-fired furnaces and space heaters clicking on in homes across our region.
The Superior Propane team is always available to answer your questions about propane, the products that use it and the tanks that store it. Here are some important things to remember regarding your home’s propane tank.
Technically, propane can freeze — but we can pretty much assure you that it won’t freeze in your home’s tank.
Propane has a freezing point of -306.4°F. For reference, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Arizona was in January 1971, which was -40°F (hotter than propane’s boiling point). In short, if liquid propane is freezing in your tank, we’re facing much bigger problems, weather-wise.
While you don’t need to worry about frozen propane in your tank, you still should be aware of the negative issues that cold temperatures present. Propane contracts when it’s cold. When it’s extremely cold outside, your propane will take up less space inside your tank. This contraction can create a loss of tank pressure. If tank pressure becomes too low, you might face problems with the fuel reaching the burners of your furnace, water heater and other appliances. That’s bad news on a freezing night in the Grand Canyon State.
The most important thing you can do to ensure proper pressure in your propane tank is to keep it filled to at least 30%. If your tank gauge is at or below 30%, contact Superior Propane right away for a propane delivery before winter arrives in full force. You can avoid calling us altogether by signing up for our free “Keep Full” automatic propane delivery plan. We’ll track your fuel usage and deliver propane before you run low. Automatic delivery can put an end to low tank pressure — and unexpected runouts.
You can take other steps to reduce the likelihood of tank pressure issues in the winter. Don’t let snow build up on your propane tank. When you clear it away, sunlight can reach your tank and keep it warmer. It would help if you also considered turning down your thermostat at night, whenever possible. Your furnace will cycle less often, using less fuel and saving you money in the process!
In Williams, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and nearby communities, Superior Propane proudly offers top-notch fuel delivery at fair, transparent prices. We pride ourselves on offering propane tank options tailored to your home’s specific needs. This includes our “Hassle-Free” switch with 24-hour setup and switch-out, FREE propane tank leasing for a year, an introductory fuel discount, safety checks and gas line installation. When you lease a Superior Propane tank, we handle the maintenance and repairs for you!
We want to serve your northern Arizona home this winter and for years to come. Become a Superior Propane customer.
It’s been a confusing year for people deciding which stove to add to their homes. In Prescott, Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona and other northern Arizona communities, the Superior Propane team has talked to many homeowners worried their high-quality propane ranges will be “banned.”
Some misleading stories about gas stoves and indoor air quality have caused these rumors about confiscating appliances. These rumors are false. Early in 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) asked for public input on hazards associated with gas stoves, but there’s no plan for government officials to ban them.
We understand why all this chatter has worried people about potential health risks with propane stoves. So, let’s dig into the issue and set the record straight.
In December 2022, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study that concluded that “12.7% of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributed to gas stove use.”
This study and others highlighted emissions of methane, particulate matter and various oxides.
Are “gas stoves” the same as propane stoves? That’s a pertinent question. A stove powered by natural gas works much differently from one fueled by propane. Here’s how propane stoves fare with the indoor emissions in question.
One significant concern of these studies is methane, which can leak from natural gas stoves. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the main component of natural gas. But propane contains no methane. If you cook with propane, you don’t need to worry about these emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes particulate matter as microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. All cooking — whether with gas, electricity or any other energy source — generates particulate matter.
Indoor air quality experts advise always using your kitchen range hood to vent particulate matter to the outside whenever you are cooking.
As stated before, studies involving “gas stoves” and air quality typically use natural gas as their subjects. This includes an oft-cited Stanford study finding “health-damaging air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides,” which “can trigger respiratory diseases.” It also includes a 2016 study at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which found that boiling water on a natural gas stove produces nearly twice the amount of nitrogen dioxide as the EPA indoor standard. Considering that about one-third of homes in the U.S. cook with natural gas, that needs to be addressed.
Overall, the best solution for improving your kitchen’s air is ensuring good ventilation around your stove, either with a hood or by keeping windows open. In a New York Times article, Dr. Ravi Kalhan of Northwestern University suggests that an air purifier with a HEPA filter can help.
Despite many of the scare tactics employed by gas stove opponents, propane kitchen appliances are still the gold standard for home chefs. They work efficiently, generating quick heat and providing optimal temperature control. They also tend to be safer than electric options. Propane ranges cool quickly after you turn off the flame, while electric elements stay dangerously hot well after you’re done cooking. A 2020 National Fire Protection Association study found that electric ranges cause household fires at a rate 2.6 times greater than gas ranges.
Interested in adding a propane stove or another propane appliance? Reach out to Superior Propane to get started!
In Flagstaff, Prescott and other northern Arizona cities and towns, people always ask us if they should go with propane or electric appliances. Certainly, both electricity and the propane we deliver can power a wide range of appliances, but propane is generally the way to go for efficiency, reliability and carbon reduction.
Electric equipment — whether we’re talking about a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, etc. — is only as clean as the electricity powering it. Unfortunately, Arizona’s power grid is far from green. It relies on natural gas and coal for over half its generation. As such, the Arizona power grid’s carbon intensity score is nearly 70 percent higher than propane’s.
You also need to consider how much more efficient propane-powered equipment is compared to electric products.
Today’s propane furnaces are exceptionally efficient, with many achieving Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings as high as 98 percent. These furnaces can consistently deliver heated air in the 120–140 degrees Fahrenheit range, regardless of how cold it is outside. By comparison, electric heat pumps tend to top out below the human body temperature (98.6 degrees) and struggle to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures in sustained freezing weather — when you need them most.
Propane is the gold standard for efficient hot water generation. Traditional storage tank water heaters powered by propane have recovery rates twice as fast as electric models. That means your system spends less time and energy to generate hot water. And propane-powered tankless water heaters can generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand, using less fuel overall!
An overwhelming majority of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas over electricity. Gas-fired ranges and ovens offer faster heat generation and precise temperature control. Perhaps you have heard that gas stoves are bad for indoor air quality. This claim has been debated in recent months, largely because some studies that link cooking with gas to respiratory issues.
The reality is more complicated than some people argue. Consider these facts:
You can experience even more efficiency and comfort with propane appliances. Propane dryers can get laundry dry much faster than electric appliances, and they leave fewer wrinkles. Propane can illuminate your home with magnificent fire features, including gas logs and outdoor fire pits. And propane generators offer dependable standby power when the grid goes down.
The experts at Superior Propane can help you get the most from this efficient, clean-burning fuel. Reach out to us for more information on propane equipment and appliances.
It’s not exactly news to say that gasoline and diesel prices have been on a roller-coaster in recent years. Unfortunately, the pricing ride has been more up than down.
Refinery production dropped because of lower fuel demand in the early months of COVID-19, but when demand spiked later, the supply of gas and diesel couldn’t keep up. Similarly, we saw almost all U.S. energy prices surge in 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine, and Russian oil supplies were cut off from the U.S.
Propane, as a predominately American-made fuel, is more insulated from global energy markets (though not completely immune to bumps in energy prices). You can typically count on propane prices to be more stable and lower than gas or diesel.
This makes propane autogas more appealing to commercial enterprises and municipalities in Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, Willimas and elsewhere in northern Arizona. And Superior propane can help you get started.
Propane autogas is an alternative to gasoline, diesel or electricity for powering light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The propane is in a pressurized tank like the one used in a home. Then, pressure is relieved to allow the fuel to enter the autogas engine for combustion. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, about 60,000 autogas vehicles are on U.S. roads right now.
As mentioned, propane autogas costs less per gallon than gasoline or diesel. While propane generates slightly less energy per gallon than gasoline, this price differential still makes autogas a great financial choice.
Propane-powered engines also traditionally have lower maintenance costs and a longer service life because of less carbon and oil contamination.
Then, there are the environmental benefits of autogas. Autogas produces 20% less carbon monoxide, 40% fewer nitrogen oxides and 10% less carbon dioxide than diesel or gasoline. This is better for the planet and the air quality around these vehicles.
From a safety perspective, autogas also outpaces gasoline or diesel, which can spill and contaminate soil and groundwater. By contrast, propane is nontoxic and will evaporate in the rare event of a leak.
As you can imagine, more and more sectors are choosing propane autogas as a safer, cleaner and more affordable vehicle-fuel option. These sectors include:
There are also public and municipal uses for autogas, including city and school buses, public works vehicles and police cruisers.
Do you need another reason to switch to propane autogas? How about saying goodbye to gas and diesel pumps?
Superior Propane can set you up with on-site propane autogas storage and vehicle-filling equipment, then arrange a bulk propane delivery schedule so you are never without fuel. That means your drivers won’t need to line up at a service station, and you can stop reconciling receipts all the time.
Contact the Superior Propane team to learn more about autogas service.