5 Ways To Use Propane In Your Backyard
After a long, cold, snow-filled winter, those of us in Southeastern Massachusetts usually can’t wait to start spending more time outside as soon as the weather warms up and the snow melts away. Our backyards are suddenly filled with friends and family and outdoor summer days turn into outdoor summer nights. Your backyard is also probably filled with propane appliances. After all, the versatile, clean, environmentally friendly fuel can power almost all home appliances.
Using Propane in Your Backyard
Here are five ways can you use propane in your very own backyard:
- Fire pits – Propane fire pits eliminate the smoke and ash that fill the air when using a wood burning fire.
- Heating – Whether you’re looking for a way to heat a porch, a backyard lounge area or a seating section by a pool, propane can help fuel all sorts of different space heaters, including full standing heaters, portable units and everything in between.
- Lighting– Propane can be used to illuminate a wide variety of lights including tiki torches and more modern fixtures. Another plus is that they don’t involve wires or emit any strange smells.
- Cooking – What’s a spring or summer outdoor hang without some food? A lot of times, preparation for this food involves grilling and many grills can be powered by propane. Propane grills offer excellent temperature control and they help keep cooking simple.
- Spa heaters – There will be no need to book a day at an expensive spa to get a spa-like experience with propane-heated spas that can be installed right in your own backyard.
Preparing Your Propane Tank For Summer
As summer rapidly approaches, it’s important to make sure your propane tank is up and ready to go for both your outdoor and indoor needs. Here’s what you can do to prepare:
- Conduct a rust check. Rust can create corrosion and corrosion can lead to leaks.
- Tidy up the area around your propane tank. Clear up any dirt, debris or clutter that may be blocking your propane tank so that it’s easily accessible to delivery workers in an event that it needs to be accessed.
- Check your propane supply. Make sure you know how much propane you have on hand so that you’re not at risk of running out. Place an order for more before your levels get too low.
Staying Safe While Using Propane
If your home or business uses propane, it’s important to know what to do if you ever smell gas and suspect a leak.
Once you put out any open flames, close the gas shutoff valve on your propane tank as long as you can get to it safely and vacate the area, which should be done as quickly as possible, you should have a trained propane service technician inspect and repair the leak. No one should return to the site of the potential leak until a technician says it is safe to do so.
At W.H. Riley & Son, we offer high quality propane fuel in addition to quality service and customer care, which we’ve proudly been doing throughout southeastern Massachusetts since 1873. We also go above and beyond to ensure you and your family’s safety. Contact us today and let us help take care of all your propane needs.