Reinvesting in the future with a focus on propane supply

Reinvesting in the future with a focus on propane supply

How does a propane company continue to grow in strength and reliability? By sourcing supplies of fuel, and understanding the importance of consistent propane supply. 

That’s what we do every day at Franger Gas Company. We saw a potential propane supply problem following the winter of 2013-2014. As a result, we partnered with a supplier to build the Mentone Propane Rail Terminal.

Today, the Mentone terminal gives us access to a reliable propane supply. Customers in northern Indiana, southern Michigan, western Ohio and neighboring regions receive propane through the Mentone terminal. Additionally, the terminal helps stabilize propane prices by reducing transportation costs to service agricultural and other rural customers. 

We continue to invest in the future, and focus on propane supply with our storage tank farm under construction in northern Indiana. The first phase of the site will expand storage capacity by 700,000 gallons. That security of extra propane supply simply means plenty of fuel to heat homes and businesses, even when demand increases in cold weather.

At Franger Gas, we live by our company motto – large enough to serve, small enough to care. It reminds us that your community is OUR community too. That’s why we continue to look for better ways to source, supply and service your energy needs, whether it’s in your home, on a work site or at a wholesale storage facility.

We are honored by the trust you place in us. We look forward to the delivering excellent service you have come to expect from us for another 75 years.

Propane – the smart energy choice to temporarily heat your construction site this winter

Propane – the smart energy choice to temporarily heat your construction site this winter

Does your construction project timeline include work during cold weather? Temporary propane-powered heat keeps your project on schedule, even during the coldest months of the year.

8 reasons to choose propane for temporary heat

Why propane? It’s a clean-burning, green fuel that’s portable and readily available.

Here are more reasons to choose propane to temporarily heat your construction site.

Keep projects on schedule even when temperatures dip below the freeze point. A little heat on your job site can make a big difference for your work crew and schedule.

Maintain the right conditions for materials, including drywall, paint, caulk and other finishes.

Get propane tanks placed exactly where you need them on the job site. Each project is different. That’s why we provide temporary heat services based on your project-specific construction plans.

Choose the tank that fits your work site. Whether it’s a simple garage renovation, an apartment building complex or a large-footprint warehouse, we have the resources to take care of the heat. 

Generate the right amount of heat for your work site. We provide heaters, sized from low BTU salamanders up to million BTU units. When you use our propane service, we hook you up with all the hose and fittings you need to turn on the heat in all the right places.

Stay on budget with the most efficient, cost-effective choice for temporary heat. Propane gas costs less than diesel fuel or gasoline. Plus, propane is more powerful than electric heaters. That means your crew stays warm, and you stay on budget and on schedule.

Keep your work site safe and fume-free. Propane burns cleaner than any other fuel source.

Never worry about running out of fuel. Our remote monitoring service means we track your fuel level and schedule deliveries to make sure you always have an ample propane supply. We also check your tanks regularly for dents or damage and replace the tank, if needed.

When your job site demands temporary heat, contact Franger Gas

Our service options and pricing make it easy to keep the heat flowing at your job site this winter. Contact our customer service team about a delivery schedule that fits your construction plans.

How to get your propane tank ready for winter

How to get your propane tank ready for winter

We know you want to keep your family warm and safe no matter how cold it gets outside.

Here are simple tips to keep your propane tank in top condition and ready to fuel the heat this winter.

Demand more. Are you spending more time at home than usual this year? That means you may need more fuel to keep your at-home workspace, family space and play space warm when cold weather arrives. You could see your energy use go up by 30% or more, according to some experts.

Keep the pressure on. Make sure your propane gauge stays above 20%. It’s the best way to maintain the vapor pressure your system needs to work efficiently.

Fill ‘er up. Schedule LP delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. That gives you enough fuel to keep your home running until your propane provider can fill your tank.

Sign up for our Automatic Fill Service. It takes the worry out of wondering if you will run out of gas. We’ll monitor your fill level and make sure you have plenty of propane to fuel your needs.

Stop the shrinkage. Liquid propane contracts in cold temperatures, which causes the volume to shrink. Less volume means loss of pressure. End result – fuel can’t reach your gas burner or heating system. Keep your propane tank clear of snow to let sunlight warm the surface

Look here. Mark the location of your tank with a pole, stake or other sign that is visible above snow banks and drifts. It’s a simple way to help you and your propane delivery driver find the tank in heavy snow.

Turn down your thermostat. A decrease of only a degree or two will lessen the time your propane heating system is on. That allows the pressure in the tank to build.

Save money. You can lower your heating bill 1 to 3% for every degree you set back your thermostat. That adds up over a long winter!

Save even more. When you sign up for regular delivery with our Automatic Fill Service, you get a 10 cents-per-gallon discount over standard call-In rates. More discounts are available if you pay your bill promptly.

NEVER use an open flame or electrical device near a propane tank. Accidents involving “heating” a tank to boost pressure are not uncommon.

NEVER cover your tank. It prevents the sun from reaching your propane tank and naturally warming it. That causes your system to work less efficiently – and costs you more over time.

Find out more about program options to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter. Call us today at (574) 264-2118.

 

What is propane?

What is propane?

  • Propane is a safe and widely used fuel. It is nontoxic and produces minimal emissions.
  • Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, in roughly equal amounts.
  • Propane is a hydrocarbon and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas or LPG.
  • In its natural form, propane is colorless and odorless. Manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it a strong unpleasant odor, like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal, in order to alert customers of a leak.
  • Propane is transported and stored in tanks as a very cold liquid fuel, and may cause a “freeze burn” or frostbite if it contacts the skin .
  • Although propane is stored as a liquid, it is changed into gas vapor before leaving the tank.
  • Propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches 920-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Propane gas is not harmful to soil or ground water.
  • Over 95% of the propane use in the United States is produced in North America.
How to get your propane tank ready for winter

Winter is coming. Are you ready?

Prepare your Propane Tank for Winter with these tips from Franger Gas

 In Indiana and Michigan, our home heating customers know two things for sure about the winter months – winters here are brutal, and propane does the job when it comes to keeping your family warm.

Because propane is such an effective way of heating your home, it’s easy to forget the practical steps you can take to be sure your propane tank keeps you warm all season long. Your peace of mind is important to Franger Gas, and the last thing we want is for any of our residential propane service customers to find themselves without heat as the temperatures drop.

We’ve got a simple propane checklist you can follow to ensure you and your family stay warm this winter! Here are some of the basics:

Some small steps can help make sure your heating system is good to go before the cold temperatures arrive.  Don’t get left out in the cold!

But, will my propane freeze?

Even with propane checklist complete, this is often a question we still hear from customers. “Will my propane freeze this winter in extreme cold?”

It gets very cold around here (Polar Vortex, anyone?) – so we get it. But, rest easy, because that answer is no. Propane’s freezing point is actually -306.4˚, and even if you are living next door to Santa Claus himself, you aren’t going to see those temperatures. That temperature only happens in a science lab.  Rest assured you will not have to worry about your Liquid Propane Gas (LP Gas) freezing from outside temps this winter.

What then should you worry about? Your main concern this winter is actually the loss of vapor pressure in your tank.

Is low pressure that big of a problem? How do I avoid it?

Like all liquids, propane contracts in the cold. When it does, the volume of liquid propane in your tank shrinks – and that means a loss of pressure. The colder it is outside, the lower the pressure will be in your tank. If the pressure gets too low, propane won’t be able to reach your gas burner, or heat your home.

So how do you avoid low pressure problems this winter? 

It’s easy with a few simple tips from Franger Gas. 

Simply being mindful of your propane tank is the best way to avoid a problem this winter. Franger Gas offers our popular AutoFill Service that will keep your tank full all times. Have questions about propane needs this winter, or want to sign up for our Auto Fill program? Call us today at (574) 264-2118.

 

  1. The single best thing you can do to protect your propane tank in freezing temperatures is to keep it full. It is number one in our Winter Propane Checklist, and its number one here too – for good reason. Never let your propane tank level fall below 20%. Don’t wait – call us to schedule your LP Delivery when your tank gauge reads 30%. And, If you ever find yourself without propane, read tips on what to do here.
  2. Put a pole, stake or marker of some kind near your tank in the ground. Make sure the marker is tall enough to be seen over snowfall and drifts; this will help you (and your propane delivery driver) find the tank in heavy snow.
  3. Clear snowfall off your tank as soon as you can. This lets sunlight reach your tank and add much needed warmth. A snow-covered tank will actually be colder than the outside temperature.
  4. Turn down your thermostat. Decreasing the temperature in your house, even a little, will lessen the time your propane heating system is on, and allows the pressure in the tank to build.
  5. NEVER use an open flame or electrical device near a propane tank. Accidents involving “heating” a tank to boost pressure are not uncommon. Just don’t try it. Trust us.
  6. NEVER cover up your tank. This isn’t warming your tank at all. It PREVENTS the sun from reaching your propane tank, making the problem worse. 

What happens if you run out of propane?

What happens if you run out of propane?

Don’t run out of gas!

Serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion, can result. It also could lead to frozen pipes, out-of-gas charges and inconveniences.

Air and moisture may cause rust…

Air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank, which can cause rust build-up inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell.

Pilot lights…

Any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.

A leak check is required…

Due to our insurance regulations, one of our qualified service technicians must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas. This will require lighting any appliance that run on propane. There is a charge for this mandatory service and it requires access to the property.

The worry-free solution…

Establish a regular delivery schedule with our Automatic Fill Service. Also, periodically check the fuel gauge on your propane tank. If the fuel level drops to between 25-30%, call your local Franger office. This provides the most safety and will likely save you money compared to being on a Call-In basis at the same time!