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Don’t Let a Runout Ruin the Cookout!

gas tank exchange pennsylvaniaWith Memorial Day weekend just days away, now is the time to make sure you’re ready for the weekend cookouts as well as the summer grilling season.

Besides the essential grocery shipping, you need to make sure that you have enough propane for your BBQ grill. ProGas makes that easy as can be with our PROpane Express cylinder exchange service.

PROpane Express cylinder exchanges are located all around our service area of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Southeastern Ohio. Cylinder exchanges are simple and take just a few minutes time.

Using Our Nearby Propane Exchange Locations

Leaving your empty cylinder in the car, go into the store and ask the clerk for assistance with the cylinder exchange. Once the clerk rings up your exchange, you can go get your empty cylinder and meet them at the storage cage outside. The clerk will take your empty cylinder and give you a full, clean, safe cylinder.

With that, you’re done on your way!

How to Prepare Your Grill for Summer

Take some time before your cookout to clean your propane BBQ grill thoroughly! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pre-heat the grill for 15 minutes on high heat, then turn off the grill. To do that, turn the valve on either on the propane tank or the gas line itself.    
  • Clean the grill with a grill-cleaning brush dampened with water or a different grill cleaning tool. Don’t lean over the grill while since there will be plenty of steam created.
  • To remove stubborn grease stains, add dish soap or a grill cleanser to the water.
  • Remove any residue or bristles from the grate using a damp cloth once it’s cool.
  • Remove the gas supply line from the burners. To unclog the burner’s gas ports, use a dry wire brush.
  • Clean the burner valve with warm soapy water and run water through the interior of the valve. 
  • Clean the interior of the grill with a wire brush and warm soapy water, then rinse it out with water. After they’ve been toweled dry, replace the burners.
  • Clean the outside of a stainless-steel barbecue using a specially developed stainless steel grill cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Soap and water may be used to clean ceramic, porcelain, and painted steel surfaces.
  • A grill cover will keep the grill clean and protected, extending its life. 

After each usage, give your grill a quick detailing. Keeping your grill clean not only ensures that it works effectively, but it also keeps you safe, as nearly one in five barbeque fires are caused by leftover grease.

Make sure you always have enough propane by using the ProGas PROpane Express Cylinder Exchanges near you! Need help locating the closest location? Visit our website today—all you need to do is punch in your ZIP code.

ProGas Makes Grilling Easy with PROpane Express!

grilling tips pennsylvaniaAs the weather continues to get warmer here in Western Pennsylvania, it’s nearly that time of year to dust off our propane BBQ grills and get ready for all the delicious foods we’ll be grilling this summer!

Sometimes, however, even when you take good care of your grill, something can still go wrong. We’ve put together some common problems you could have with your propane BBQ grill, and how to best solve them.

NOTE: Before you attempt any troubleshooting of the grill, turn off the tank valve and disconnect the tank from the grill.

Your Propane Cylinder is Out of Gas

This is an easy problem to fix, thanks to PROpane Express from ProGas! We have propane cylinder exchange stations located at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and garden stores all over our service area of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.

We make it fast and easy to swap out your empty cylinder and get right back to grilling.

Low Flame and Low Temperature

The most common culprit in this situation is the fuel line regulator becoming sticky. It’s attached to the line running from your propane tank to the grill and controls the pressure of the gas running through the line.

Here’s what to do: Open the grill lid. Turn off the gas supply at the propane tank and disconnect the gas line from the tank. On the grill, turn all the control valves, including a side burner if your grill has one, to high and let it run for one minute before turning all back to off. Reconnect the gas line to the propane tank and SLOWLY turn on the gas supply at the tank. Light the grill. It should heat normally now.

If it doesn’t, the regulate will need to be replaced.

Yellow or Orange-Colored Flames

Propane flames should always be blue. When they are, that means the propane is combusting properly. The temperature of a propane flame in complete combustion is 3,596° Fahrenheit. In comparison, the temperature of an orange or yellow flame is 1,832° Fahrenheit. So, if you’re flames are either of those colors, you’re getting only about half the heat. Think about the impact that big a difference in texture will have on your grilling in terms of sear and how long things take to grill!

Flames that are burning yellow or orange can also release dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Here’s what to do: One cause may be clogged gas holes in your burner. This could happen if spiders took up residence in your grill over the winter and their detritus is creating clogs. Clean the burner thoroughly, then put it back and run the grill on high to see if that’s the case.

Another possible cause could be that the venturi tubes aren’t properly aligned. This can be fixed by adjusting the venturi shutters. Light the grill and turn it on low. Loosen the venturi tube adjustment screw and open the shutters until you get a blue or mostly blue flame. Turn off the grill and tighten the adjustment screw.

Your Grill is Producing Smoke

The most likely reason for this is a buildup of grease and food debris in the grill. This not only creates a lot of smoke, but it can also create a dangerous situation. More than 20% of grill fires are caused by excess grease in the grill.

Here’s what to do: Give your grill a thorough interior cleaning—something you should always do at the start of grilling season. After that, empty the grease trap after each use and clean the grill more frequently.

Do you have questions about your propane grill, or our PROpane Express cylinder exchanges? Get in touch with us—we’ll be happy to help.

If So, ProGas is Here to Help You Today!

commercial propane pennsylvaniaPropane has become the fuel of choice for a wide range of businesses here in greater Pittsburgh, as well as in West Virginia and southeastern Ohio.

Why? Because propane is an efficient, clean-burning fuel that’s suitable for a wide range of applications. The benefits of propane for businesses include its energy efficiency, low cost, and environmental friendliness.

And with bulk propane delivery and service from ProGas, you’re able to get a dependable gas supply without having to rely on a natural gas utility’s questionable infrastructure, nor the expense that comes with electric alternatives.

What Businesses Utilize Bulk Propane?

Here are just some of the types of businesses that rely on ProGas for their bulk propane services: 

  • Residential and commercial construction projects both use propane daily for construction equipment, temporary heating, and other operations. 
  • Retail and grocery stores, hospitals, assisted living centers, nursing homes, health care facilities, schools, and other businesses and institutions use propane in their backup generators to keep their residents and property safe.
  • Tourism generates more than $6.5 billion in direct spending and supports more than 43,000 jobs in Alleghany County alone. Tourism revenue has been increasing dramatically in West Virginia in recent years as well. Propane plays a large role in the successful operation of many hospitality-related businesses. 
  • Hotels and resorts use a lot of propane. One of the reasons for such high consumption is their laundry services. They can quickly dry bigger quantities of linens with propane commercial clothes dryers with less wear and fewer wrinkles, saving time as well as money on housekeeping expenses.
  • Large commercial kitchens, both for restaurants and catering functions, use propane gas for cooking. Propane is versatile outside, too! Propane fire pits are ideal for outdoor parties where guests may congregate, propane deck and patio heaters allow for outdoor dining, and propane grills expand menu options.
  • Propane is beneficial to restaurants all around the region since it allows them to prepare high-quality meals with precise, immediate temperature control provided by propane ranges and grills.

ProGas: The Local Leader in Bulk Propane Services and Supply

For decades, ProGas has been the region’s most dependable provider of bulk propane. Customers know they can rely on us to get them large supplies of propane when they require it for equipment use or building projects, or any other heating application.

Enjoy customized on-site bulk propane delivery and competitive propane pricing when you partner with us!

Our commercial propane experts are here to help your business flourish. Contact ProGas today to find out what we can do for you.

Why Have Propane Prices Gone Up?

propane costs pennsylvaniaWhile dealing with higher propane prices can be frustrating and downright painful at times, try to take comfort in the fact that propane remains one of the most cost-efficient ways to heat your home and fuel your appliances. Propane does all this while reducing carbon emissions at the same time.

Plus, historical trends have shown us that, when it comes to prices, what goes up must come down. It’s just a matter of when. For all of us, the feeling is, the sooner the better.

Propane Price Swings Are More Moderate than Oil

You may have noticed price swing trends with propane tend to be more moderate compared to heating oil, gasoline, and other fuels derived from a barrel of crude oil.

This is because propane is a completely domestic form of energy. The U.S. actually exports about twice as much propane to the rest of the world than we use in our own country. 

Even though propane is still priced in the world market like oil is, this abundance of domestic North American supply gives us supply security and helps moderate the pricing in the U.S. 

In contrast, crude oil, while we produce a lot of it here, is still an imported product, which leaves it subject to higher pricing spikes.

Supply and Demand

The combination of high demand and lower-than-average inventory is always a common driver for higher propane prices. While you may just think of propane demand for home heating and appliance use, it goes well beyond that.

As an example, global demand for propane has risen because of its increased use as a petrochemical feedstock, the vast majority of which are derived from crude oil and natural gas. These petrochemicals serve as the basis of many end products, including plastic, paper, adhesives, and detergents. Petrochemical manufacturers are the largest consumers of propane.

Global demand for U.S. propane has remained steady despite higher U.S. prices because international prices for propane and other feedstocks have also increased, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Other Factors That Influence Price

Long-time factors that have always influenced where prices go include proximity of supply, transportation bottlenecks, energy policy, and manufacturing trends. More recently, these issues have also come into play:

  • The actual cost of delivering fuel has risen.
  • New expenses have occurred because of covid-19 related workforce issues.
  • Supply chain problems have caused shortages, resulting in shipment delays, and inflated prices for supplies, parts, tanks, and other materials.

What’s Coming Next?

Truth be told, we don’t know exactly where things will go from here.

Amongst the volatility we’re all seeing, some people are under the misconception that when prices do rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back their propane usage. They have trouble paying their bills and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers promptly. It becomes quite a mess for everyone involved. 
  
One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with both our suppliers and financial institutions.
  
If you have having trouble paying your bill, please talk with us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time. It’s also a great time to explore our payment plan options, such as our monthly payment plan.  
  
Ultimately, nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to continue to look out for you.

Enjoy Savings—and Stability—with the Help of ProGas!

business fuel pennsylvaniaBetween inflation and the recent instability of fuel markets and supply, your bottom line could be taking a beating.

However, we have a solution that can aid you both now, and for years to come. Convert your fleet to clean-burning propane autogas. ProGas makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of autogas with our complete autogas services.

Our autogas experts will work with you to thoroughly evaluate your fleet fueling needs. With that information, we’ll connect you with a local company that will manage the conversion your fleet of vehicles to run on autogas. We can even install easy-to-use autogas filling stations right at your place of business and provide dependable autogas delivery customized to your specific needs.

Who uses autogas? Businesses, municipalities, and school districts, mostly. Autogas provides them with reliable fueling even in the coldest weather—when diesel engines such as those on snowplows and school buses can experience gelling. Here are some other reasons that autogas is a win for your business moving forward:

Autogas for Financial Security

On average, autogas is 30% less expensive than gasoline. Even during periods of high crude oil prices, the price difference between gasoline and autogas has remained consistent.

Diesel vehicles themselves cost four times more to run than autogas vehicles. Then, once you include tax credits, incentives, loans, and other perks accessible for switching your vehicles to autogas, the savings increase even more.

There are also long-term savings that autogas provides. Autogas lowers engine wear, resulting in bigger savings over the life of your vehicles. Maintenance costs are also lowered—on average—as a reult. You’ll get a greater return on your investment and spend less money by not having to repair or replace or repair your vehicles as frequently.

With an autogas filling station, tracking your fleet’s fueling and fuel usage becomes much easier and more efficient as well.

You’ll see exactly how much fuel is being used at any given time because the fueling is being done on-site—not at outside, remote filling stations. Your staff won’t have to deal with receipts and reimbursements. Also, fuel theft is practically eliminated.

Autogas for Energy Security

Crude oil is produced around the world, and thus the global markets and the things that influence them like geopolitical conflicts and natural disasters can have a big impact on gasoline pricing.

Autogas is produced right here in the United States. You don’t have to worry about wars, sanctions, or disasters overseas interfering with your autogas supply.

Get control of your fleet fueling costs with propane autogas services from ProGas. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your business, school district, or municipality in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio or Northern West Virginia region.

ProGas Can Take Care of All Your Welding Needs.

welding supplier pennsylvaniaWhen it comes to welding supplies and services for your Western Pennsylvania business, ProGas is your local, one-stop-shop! We make managing your welding work easy by offering:

We have decades of experience helping businesses like yours with your welding needs. Here are the more common types of welding procedures we can help you with.

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is also referred to as metal inert gas (MIG) welding. This welding process begins with the two metals to be joined being heated by a shielding gas flowing over the wire electrode. This method needs a constant voltage and direct-current power source and is the most frequent industrial welding technique, including plate and large bore pipe.

This type of welding is used in automotive work and construction and is one of the more common welding procedures.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) is also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. TIG welding employs an electric arc as does MIG. TIG welding utilizes tungsten electrodes. Tungsten is a very strong metal that will not dissolve or burn away when welded. Fusion is the technique of using or not utilizing a filler substance in TIG welding.

Other gases, such as argon and helium, are also used. Aerospace and automotive are two industries that use GTAW/TIG welding.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Stick welding is a common name for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). The stick uses an electric current to form an arc between the stick and the metals to be joined. It is essential that the welder be able to weld to a standard that allows their work to pass a destructive bend test. Shielded metal arc welding may be used to join carbon steel, alloys, stainless steel, cast iron, and ductile iron, as well as some non-ferrous metals such as nickel and copper.

Construction, maintenance and repair, underwater pipelines, and industrial fabrication are just a few of the places that stick welding is used.

Flux Cored Arc Welding

Flux cored arc welding (FCAW) is an alternative to shield welding. The semi-automatic arc weld is popular in construction since it has a fast-welding speed and is easily portable. Because of the many variables, this technique may be used for a variety of welding tasks. Variables often depend on the model of welder being used, and what type of wire was chosen for the application. Due to the potential of faster welding speeds, the newly joined metal cools quicker. Because the amount of smoke and fumes generated during the welding procedure, FCAW is best used outdoors or under industrial ventilation hoods.

This sort of welding is utilized for welding thicker metals and is also employed in the manufacturing industry.

ProGas is the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia Tri-State leader in complete welding services and supplies. Contact us to learn how we can serve you.

Get More Familiar with a Versatile, Efficient Fuel!

propane facts pennsylvaniaAll over Greater Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Southeastern Ohio, more and more homes are using propane gas. Perhaps even some of your neighbors have joined the club!

Those folks know that propane provides comfort, energy efficiency, and amenities that electricity simply cannot match. If you want to learn more about propane and how it may benefit your house, look through these 10 fast facts that will shed a bit more light on this versatile, efficient energy source.

  1. The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.
  2. Walter O. Snelling discovered propane as a volatile component in gasoline in 1910. He subsequently patented it and sold the patent to Frank Phillips, the founder of Phillips Petroleum, for $50,000 in 1913. In today’s money, that’s a little more than $1.4 million.
  3. In its natural state, propane does not have an odor. An odorant, most commonly ethyl mercaptan, is added during processing. The smell of ethyl mercaptan is typically likened to rotten eggs. Propane leaks are easier to detect as a result of that odor.
  4. More than 50 million homes in the United States use propane for home heating, water heating, cooking, space heating, whole-house backup generators, fireplaces, pool and spa heaters, clothes drying, and more.
  5. Propane is a clean-burning fossil fuel. Propane was acknowledged as an alternate energy in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy of 1992, becoming one of the most environmentally friendly fuels. Propane, unlike natural gas, is not a greenhouse gas. Natural gas is a greenhouse gas because it contains methane.
  6. In the United States, around 90% of the propane supply is produced domestically.
  7. Natural gas processing is the source of most of our domestically produced propane. The United States is a net exporter of propane thanks to our large supply.
  8. Using propane offers financial benefits Recent high-efficiency propane heating systems and other propane appliances have efficiency ratings of 95% or higher.
  9. The propane industry employs more than 75,000 people in the U.S. and contributes close to $40 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.
  10. Propane is a very safe fuel. Propane will not burn unless the surrounding air reaches 940˚ Fahrenheit. Propane tanks are constructed of carbon steel. They’re 20 times more puncture-resistant than ethanol, methanol, or gasoline tanks.

Enjoy the benefits of propane in your home with dependable propane delivery from ProGas! Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for you.

Protect Your Property with the Help of ProGas!

generator installationWith all the crazy weather we’ve had here in Pittsburgh, Zelienople, and nearby Western Pennsylvania in recent years, you may be considering adding a propane generator to your home.

It’s a smart idea for numerous reasons. Propane whole-house backup generators are easy to install and will kick on the minute the power goes out. What’s better is that ProGas can install your generator’s propane tank and provide reliable propane delivery so you’ll have enough propane to weather whatever storm or event comes our way.

If you already choose to use a portable generator, you can get propane cylinders for it at any of our ProPane Express cylinder exchange locations.

Here are five additional reasons that a propane whole-house generator is a great investment in your home.

Added Protection at the Right Time

When the electricity goes out, your home’s security system can operate on a backup battery for a while. However, when that battery runs out of power, your security system won’t work.

Any home security systems can be kept operational by a propane whole-house backup generator. Your sump pump will also continue to work, so your basement can stay dry.

Safety Benefits

You won’t have to worry about tripping or falling in the dark with the lights on, thanks to your propane whole-house backup generator. More importantly, if someone in your home uses medical equipment such as oxygen, home dialysis, or an electric wheelchair, you don’t have to worry about a power outage creating a medical emergency.  

Another safety benefit is that, unlike portable generators, you don’t have to go outdoors in hazardous conditions to start them. Your generator will kick on automatically when the power goes out. 

Increased Comfort

Whether the power outage happens in the heat of summer or the chill of winter, your propane whole-house backup generator will power your home’s HVAC system operating so you won’t be dealing with unbearable heat, nor be left in the cold.

Stay Connected

Outages that last more than a few hours might isolate you from the rest of the world since cellphones, laptops, and tablets eventually run out of battery power.

You can be in touch with loved ones or local authorities while waiting for the electricity to come back thanks to a propane whole-house backup generator that powers your electronics and WiFi. You’ll also stay entertained because you can watch TV, game, and stream.

Prevent Food Spoilage

Consider everything in your refrigerator and freezer right now. Now consider how much it cost to buy all that food. The clock is ticking on that food’s safety as soon as the power goes out. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some foods can begin to spoil in as little as four hours. 

If your refrigerator has been without power for more than a day or two, you may be looking at hundreds of dollars in food that will have to be thrown away.

Your food will be kept safe when you have a propane whole-house backup generator. You’ll also be able to cook on your propane range and use other small appliances like multicookers, toasters and food processors.

Be safe and comfortable with a propane whole-house backup generator powered by propane from ProGas! Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for you.

Partnering with ProGas Can Help Your Business Prosper!

cylinder refill station pennsylvaniaThe retail industry has changed dramatically in the last two years thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, between a shift to online shopping and changing consumer needs.

So, as your retail business grows and evolves, it’s likely that you too are looking for ways to give yourself an advantage over your competitors and bring in more customers.

ProGas is here to help you make that happen. Our ProGas ProPane Express BBQ grill tank exchange is an easy, affordable way to expand your customer base while making your business stand out with a unique, valuable service.

ProPane Express Can Benefit All Kinds of Stores!

What kind of retail stores utilize our grill tank exchange?

  • Home improvement stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Garden centers

Given the extreme versatility of propane, you’ll get traffic for tanks all year long! Nowadays, folks around the PA, OH, and WV Tri-State are using propane-powered portable generators as a backup source of electricity in the event of a power outage, which is subject to occur during winter’s snow and ice storms. In this instance, customers will be visiting your store to get full propane cylinders right now—not to mention the upcoming spring and summer seasons for grilling.

ProGas Offers the Value and Service You Want

When you partner with us and our ProGas ProPane Express tank exchange service, you get a knowledgeable, experienced partner in helping you succeed.

We provide clean, attractive storage cages, and our tanks are thoroughly examined and cleaned before they are delivered to your store. This will make your service more attractive to customers.

Additionally, your workers will be thoroughly trained in the correct and safe handling of propane tanks by our team of expert propane professionals. Just how easy is it? When a customer comes in and requests a cylinder, the clerk goes with the customer to the exchange cabinet. After verifying the valve type, exchanges the cylinder and collects the payment. Done and done!

We also offer a fully customized delivery service that is tailored to your specific requirements that may be adjusted to ensure that you have adequate propane tanks to meet demand. We can also be responsive in a way the big, national propane tank exchanges can’t be because we are based right here in Western Pennsylvania and understand local businesses in the area like no one else can!

Contact us today to find out more at ProPane Express and how ProGas can help your business grow this year—and for years still to come!

ProGas is Here to Handle All Your Propane Tank Needs!

propane tanks pennsylvaniaIf you’re new to having propane fueling your home, you probably have a lot of questions about having a propane tank, too.

Fortunately, ProGas is your local, one-stop shop for all your propane needs! We provide safe and expert propane tank installation, affordable propane tank leasing, wireless propane tank monitoring, and the most dependable propane delivery in Greater Pittsburgh and beyond with our Keep-Full automatic delivery!

Here are some key pieces of information you need to know when it comes to your propane tank:

What’s the Expected Lifespan of My Propane Tank?

Propane tanks today are designed with safety and longevity in mind. Propane tanks built aboveground can survive for 30 years or more without failing. Underground propane tanks can last anywhere from 20 to 25 years with routine upkeep and maintenance.

How Do I Choose the Proper Propane Tank Size?

First and foremost, we’ll help you figure out what size propane tank you’ll need. It is determined by how often—and for what purposes—you use propane. Residential tanks come in sizes ranging from 120 to 1,000 gallons. Whether you’re using propane for just a range, for home heating and water heating, or for a large house with high-BTU propane appliances like a pool heater, ProGas has a propane tank to meet your home’s propane needs.

How Does Propane Tank Leasing Work?

Instead of spending thousands of dollars in up-front expenses for purchasing and installing a propane tank at your home, then being responsible for all maintenance and repair costs, you can instead lease your tank from ProGas! We’ll handle all that for you.

Understanding Propane Tank Safety and Standards

ProGas is committed to ensuring that your propane tank is installed securely and correctly. This entails understanding and following all necessary local, state, and federal regulations regarding the installation of propane tanks. The following are some of the most significant rules:

Propane tanks under 125 gallons water capacity: Must be at least 10 feet from a window air conditioner and a minimum of five feet from a crawl space opening.

Propane tanks between 125- and 500-gallons water capacity: Must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a building and at least 10 feet from a line of adjoining property.

Propane tanks up to 2,000 gallons water capacity: Must be placed a minimum of 25 feet from the building and no part of an underground tank can be less than 10 feet from a building or line of adjoining property.

Do you need a propane tank at your home? Get in touch with ProGas! We’ll help you get setup quickly and easily to help keep your Pennsylvania home warm and comfortable all year long.