Bulk Tank Propane Storage smart move for wholesale customers

Bulk Tank Propane Storage smart move for wholesale customers

One of our best pieces of advice for our wholesale customers is this – there is no such thing as too much bulk tank propane storage.

“Storage and storage upgrading are the most important investments a propane company can make in its business,” explained Jeff Franger, owner of Franger Gas. 

More capacity gives you more buying power, and the ability to save money during times when propane is priced lower. Additional storage can also allow you to ride out times of high demand and high gas prices – saving even more money and eliminating the stress of locating hard to acquire peak-demand propane.

Having more supply security of your product is crucial, especially with the potential of supply issues. Supply is predicted to be very tight this coming season, noted Franger. Already, Franger Gas is seeing major suppliers limiting the number of gallons available for purchase. 

“We have had supply issues of some kind in this region in three of the last 5 years,” said Franger.  “One of the surest ways to get ahead of that is with bulk tank storage.”

Propane companies who have bulk tank storage – and an onsite propane supply – can offer better customer service options including auto delivery, budget plans and timely refills.

“For our wholesale customers, the benefits of increasing their storage speak for themselves. And we are able to help, whether it’s an upgrade or completely new bulk plant construction,” said Franger.

Franger Gas has been involved in bulk plant construction for well over 40 years – and you can count on our experience to get your project done correctly. Our expert team will help you choose a proper location and each system will be designed to meet the specific requirements for your wholesale energy needs.

We source the tanks, arrange all transportation and delivery, install the tanks and then design the system to meet and exceed your filling expectations. Once complete, Franger Gas can arrange transports to fill the tanks as well.

Don’t be caught in short supply. Call Franger Gas and let our team of experts help you upgrade your propane storage or begin your bulk plant construction project today.

Simple lessons about propane gas supply and demand

Simple lessons about propane gas supply and demand

We like to live by a modern twist to the Aesop’s fable about the ant and the grasshopper: Don’t wait until you are on empty to find a gas station.

No one wants to see even a hint of disruption in the energy supply that fuels our everyday lives, like comfortable indoor temperatures, plenty of warm water or full grill tanks for outdoor cooking. That’s why we’re working hard at Franger Gas to make sure you have a reliable source of supply, no matter what happens with demand.

Take the worry out of winter. Buy your propane supply for your home at a locked-in price before the heating season begins.

You buy clean American gas when you buy propane. The U.S. leads the world in propane production, according to the National Propane Gas Association. We constantly source our supply from providers that maintain quality standards we know are important for customers like you.

Buying local gives you better value. We know our community and what it takes to keep your family comfortable. After all, we call this home for our families too. That’s why we always look ahead to understand supply flows, weather, worldwide economies and national demand for gas that affect logistics and price.

Tips to help you plan ahead for your fuel needs

Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your home, farm, business or LPG-fueled vehicle with these simple tips.

Check your propane tank gauge to make sure you have the fuel you need. If you are like us, you’re staying home more, cooking more meals at home, using heated water for more bathing. That means changes in your propane consumption.

Call one of our local offices if your level drops below 30 percent. We’re here to keep your fuel supply filled season after season.

Save money with our Automatic Fill Service. We monitor your tank level for you and give you a discount over our standard call-in rate.

Avoid out-of-gas calls. Making smart decisions now about your fuel supply can keep your tank filled and help limit in-person contact or entry into your home or business. Remember you can always pay your bill online, send us an email, or call us, (574) 264-2118.

If you need help from our service team, rest assured our technicians follow extra precautions with proper protective equipment and disinfectants while in the field.

We’re here to meet your energy needs

For propane delivery or to set up a new account, call (574) 264-2118.

7 tips to help you brush up on propane gas grilling

7 tips to help you brush up on propane gas grilling

Let’s face it. Without a propane tank that works, your outdoor grill is just shiny yard art. That’s why it’s important to make sure your grill – and its gas supply – are in good shape and ready for barbecue time.

 Here are tips to keep you cooking along this summer.

 Stake out a safe zone. Choose the right spot for your grill away from structures, deck railings and overhangs, including trees and bushes. Outdoor grills cause an average of 10,600 home fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Avoid becoming a statistic by using your grill in a well-ventilated area.

 Check for leaks. When your garden hose springs a leak, it’s fairly obvious. Not so with the compact propane tank for your grill. Before lighting a burner, take a moment to check your cylinder for dents, damage, rust or worn areas that can cause gas to trickle out. Also take a few sniffs around the tank and grill area. Propane has an odorant added to it that smells like rotten eggs. If you detect a foul odor, do not ignite anything!

Use a leak detection solution. Lightly spray a simple solution of dish soap and water on the valve and hose to make sure they are leak-free. If you see bubbles around the connections, get the system repaired before you use it again. 

Keep a clean grill. Grease buildup fuels flame flare-ups that can easily get out of control. Avoid grill fires by cleaning your grill before each use. A quick brushing over the grates will help food cook more evenly and even taste better. 

Pay attention. Grill fires happen quickly. That’s why you need to keep an eye on the grill as you cook. If a fire flares up inside your grill, turn off the gas tank immediately. That will cut the fuel supply to the fire. Remember to leave the lid open until the flare-up burns off. 

Avoid a refill run. You aren’t going to drive far on a flat tire. That’s when a spare comes in handy. Same is true with fuel for your grill. With an extra tank on hand, you can make a quick swap and keep on cooking.

 Get what you pay for. Exchange cabinets at the nearby store may be convenient. But oftentimes you pay a flat rate for a less-than-full tank. Make sure you get a full grill tank by refilling cylinders at Franger Gas. We weigh your tank every time, so you know you pay only for the gas in your cylinder. 

Refill your grill tank 5 times with at least 15 pounds at Franger Gas and get up to 20 pounds FREE with your next refill.

Remember – size matters. Get the right tank that fits your needs. Steel cylinders from Franger Gas range in size from 5 to 100 pounds. 

Save on refills!

Get 20 pounds of propane gas FREE!

Refill your grill tank 5 times at Franger Gas with at least 15 pounds of propane. Your next refill – up to 20 pounds – is on us.

Choose a Franger Gas refilling station near you

 Akron, IN

(574) 893-4733

9968 E State Rd 14

 

Elkhart, IN

(574) 264-2118

27795 Co Rd 10

 

Jones, MI

(269) 244-8219

11710 M-60

 

Goshen, IN

(574) 642-4952

16009 Co Rd 38

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.
Winter is coming. Are you ready?

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!