Tips For Winter Propane Delivery

Tips For Winter Propane Delivery

Winter is officially upon us! We know heating your home and keeping you family warm and safe becomes a top priority when wind chill and temperatures drop, and snow and ice become an issue. As your prepare for winter propane deliveries, we have some tips and advice for winter propane deliveries.

Consider our Residential Programs for Peace of Mind

Being on our residential program of tank monitoring and automatic fill will ensures you never have to go without heating during the colder months. You can guarantee to stay topped up and keep warm in the winter. 

Tips For Winter Propane Deliveries

If you are expecting a delivery of propane, it is a good idea to prepare your property for easy access and installation. 

Schedule Early

If you need to schedule a propane tank fill-up, call us early. 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.

Place a stake in the ground before the first snowfall

To ensure your propane tank is easy to find if snow cover the ground, you can place a stake or a flag in the ground. Doing this before snow makes sure your delivery driver can easily locate your propane tank no matter the weather conditions. 

You will likely have a rough idea of when to expect snowfall. Therefore, make sure to place the flag/stake down before this occurs. If you don’t want to worry about the weather forecast, place it in the ground early in the winter season in preparation so that the propane delivery will not be delayed.

Keep the driveway clear of snow and ice

When the propane delivery truck arrives this winter, it will need a snow/ice-free place to park and unload. Should snow fall ahead of your propane delivery, please make sure to clear your driveway and any walkways of snow and ice to make it safe and convenient for the delivery drivers. 

It is a good idea to salt any icy patches where you or the delivery drivers might need to walk. This will make the job as safe as possible and ensure that nobody gets hurt in the snowy and/or icy weather. We understand that isn’t always possible. Simply removing the snow and creating a clear pathway is enough to help the delivery drivers easily do their job – and we appreciate your care in keeping our team safe!

Clear a wide enough path

We recommend keeping your driveway clear of snow for a width of at least 8 feet. Remember propane trucks are wider than most vehicles – and do not turn as easily.

Make a clear walkway to the propane tank

Locating the tank will be easy if you have already placed a stake in the ground. However, it is important to make sure your tank is easily accessible, which is best with a clear pathway. Keep the pathway free of snow, ice or any objects that could be tripped over when covered by snow accumulation. Our drivers carry heavy propane hoses, and navigating through heavy snow can be difficult, and dangerous if the pathway is not clear.

Keep your gates all the way open

If you scheduled a winter propane delivery, and the driver must pass through a gate to access your propane tank , keep your gates fully open. This is especially helpful if your gates are vulnerable to freezing shut or being blocked by snow accumulation. Frozen over gates might prevent you from getting your propane delivery. We don’t want to bump your gate while driving through!

Apply salt to hilly entryways

If your home has a hilly entryway, you can increase safety by applying salt to the area. This will increase the grip for the delivery vehicle to remain safe upon entering, unloading, and leaving the property during snowfall.

Propane Emergencies & Safety

Contact us immediately if you think something is wrong. You should not smell propane in your home, so do not think that it might be normal if you do. Call us and report an issue. Never disconnect your propane tank and hook up a spare or small tank to get by. When a propane tank runs out of gas or is disconnected, the piping system must be checked to make sure there are no leaks caused by the interruption.

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

Finding a Trusted Wholesale Propane Supplier

Finding a Trusted Wholesale Propane Supplier

At Franger Gas, we understand that every large-scale propane user has their own particular set of needs. In your search for a wholesale propane supplier, assessing your business needs is first and foremost. How much propane do you use? What is your preferred delivery schedule? What are your existing storage and staffing capabilities? 

Even if you do not have every answer, Franger Gas Wholesale can help you assess your LP operational needs. We have been the go-to wholesale propane supplier for retail propane marketers and farmers for over 75 years.  What has propelled that longevity?  

Here are just a few components to our success as Wholesale Propane Suppliers:

  1. Relationships. We have built relationships with the large suppliers and terminals in customer service areas. This allows us to offer competitive and convenient options in the tri-state area.
  2. Experience. We have been selling propane – both on the retail and wholesale side – for decades. We bring that knowledge to every scenario you might come up against. Facing supply shortages and allocation? We have seen it. Terminals running out of product and needing to divert to another supply point? Happens all the time, and we take care of it. Dramatic swings in pricing? We can help bring more certainty to your bottom lines with our pre buy options. Concerned that you need more storage at your facility? We can advise AND install if necessary! There is little we have not seen and/or experienced in the propane industry. At Franger Gas, we have the experience to help your company navigate the peaks and valleys of the propane industry.
  3. One stop shopping. Other than propane for your plants, do you need other services? We offer safety training like CTEP for your team. Need advice on running a retail operation? We can offer consulting services that leverage our 75 years of success.
  4. The Mentone Rail Terminal. Our terminal is one of the most efficient in the area, and allows us to be a reliable wholesale propane supplier. Trucks are loaded fast and back on the road, with no detention time. A strategic partnering of Franger Gas and NGL Supply in Sarnia, Ontario along with Ceres Solutions and Norfolk Southern rail, the Mentone Propane Rail Terminal meets the energy needs of our customers and is one of the best supply points in the area.
  5. We are a family company. At Franger Gas, we understand what it takes to run a propane company and be a positive part of your community. We know our customers well and develop trusted, lasting relationships.

When your operation needs to select a liquid propane gas supplier, choosing the right one not only matters to you, it matters to your customers. If you are looking for a reliable, competitively priced wholesale propane supplier that understands what the retail propane marketer needs, contact Franger Gas today. We offer a comprehensive approach for our customers and our goal is to help each one succeed.

Remote Propane Tank Monitoring: A Solution for Our Propane Customers

Remote Propane Tank Monitoring: A Solution for Our Propane Customers

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Customers are often asking the propane industry “How can you make my life easier?” We would like to spotlight one solution that answers that question – as we have seen in two separate situations. The solution we will be talking about is remote monitoring of propane tanks.

Remote propane tank monitoring helps take the unknown out of gas delivery. It is a technology that allows a company to track of the amount of propane left in a propane tank without having to travel to the tank’s location. This provides peace of mind for both customer and supplier – and helps the propane supplier deliver propane more efficiently. The efficiencies gained with this remote propane tank monitoring technology help us provide better service and grow to serve even more customers. More efficiency means more customers getting a needed delivery each day.  

Let’s look at how this technology has helped in two real world situations:

1)  Commercial, industrial, and wholesale bulk tank remote monitoring

Franger Gas, Remote monitoring and automatic refills of propane tanks for commercial customersA customer with a large, but sporadic consumption pattern asked Franger Gas to provide service after multiple run-ins with another supplier. They would receive large material shipments at once and would then run out of forklift gas from their refueling station with trucks still waiting to be unloaded. Their previous supplier was not always able to respond in time, which resulted in unsatisfactory levels of service. Franger Gas offered the solution of the use a refueling station tank with a remote monitor on it. Instead of the old model of either estimating when they needed a delivery or only receiving a delivery on a specific day of the week, they were assured that as soon as they required a refill, one would be scheduled. Their supply was monitored in real time, and any dramatic swings in consumption were accounted for seamlessly.

2)  Residential propane tank remote monitoring

Our auto-fill residential customers are already taking advantage of our tank monitoring technology – but we have customers who have, or will, invest in a second home. Often a lake property, a second home comes with additional, frequently unconsidered challenges. How do you maintain a home that is not your primary residence? Hire a management company for thousands of dollars per year?  Rely on a neighbor to check your tank when you are not there? As a propane supplier that ensures homes have heat, we have utilized the remote monitoring technology to make life easier and help the customer sleep with a peaceful mind for a fraction of the cost of a manager. Now, customers can be on our automatic fill program with a monitor, which means they do not have to keep an eye on their tank level or worry when they are away from their property. In addition, our latest monitor provider offers a smart phone app that allows the customer to monitor the level from their own device.  

Franger Gas Company values the service nature of the propane business.  We continue to reinvest in new ways to meet our customers’ needs while always retaining the home-town feel we have established over the last 75 years. We’re looking ahead to many more years together! Contact Franger Gas today to learn more about remote propane tank monitoring.

Budget billing with Franger Gas saves time and money

Budget billing with Franger Gas saves time and money

***Budget billing sign up is over for 2021.***

Ready for convenient, predictable, guaranteed pricing you can count on for your energy needs? Set up a budget billing account with us and know your monthly propane bill amount will be the same each month.

Budget billing gives you an simple way to level out your payments throughout the year. That means no more spikes in winter when you turn up the heat. 

Call or email your local Franger gas office to enroll in budget billing.

Whether you are on a fixed income, travel part of the year or just want some predictability in your finances, budget billing makes a big difference.

Already enrolled in our Guaranteed Price Program? No need to sign up again. You are automatically on the budget billing plan year to year.

How it works

Budget billing sign up runs continuously from May 1 to April 30 each year.

One monthly billing amount – You know exactly what your monthly payment is with our Guaranteed Pricing Program. That means you owe the same amount month to month from May 1 to April 30.

No surprises – It’s easy to keep track of what you owe and how much energy you’ve used on your monthly statement. Your statement also shows your balance for the year.

At the end of each budget billing year, we look at how much propane you actually used in the previous 12 months and calculate your average usage. We also consider your tank size and any rate changes. Then we give you a level payment amount that you pay each month for the next year.

Automatic re-enrollment – You are automatically enrolled in budget billing year to year. That means you don’t need to sign up each year.

Your monthly level payment amount may go up or down for the upcoming year, based on previous usage, tank size and rate changes. We’ll make sure you know in advance so you can adjust your budget. Then relax, knowing the amount you owe each month stays the same until next spring.

Who can sign up

Budget billing is available for residential customers who are up to date on balance payments. There’s no fee for the service, and it’s simple to sign up. 

Call or email your local Franger gas office to enroll in budget billing.

If you decide budget billing is not for you, it takes one quick call to switch to actual per-delivery payments each month.

Save money with Automatic Fill Service

You automatically join our Auto-Fill program when you are on a budget billing plan. That means we monitor your propane tank level for you. When it’s time for a refill, we’ll schedule a delivery. No need to check your gauge or give us a call. It’s all automatic.

Added bonus – you save money on the program. You get a 10 cent discount on every gallon, based on our standard call-in-rate.

Want more savings? Pay your bill within 5 days of receipt and we’ll give you another 10 cent discount per gallon. That’s a 20% savings with the same reliable service you expect from us.

How to enroll  

Put budget billing and auto refill to work for you. All you need to do to sign up is contact your local Franger gas office. No automated prompts. No long forms to fill out. Talk to a real person and relax. We’ll set up your record and get you started on saving money without any hassles.

Budget billing is one more way you can count on Franger Gas for reliable service month to month, year after year.

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.