Summer is one of our favorite times of year, but there are times when Mother Nature can intervene to cause some inconveniences. A severe thunderstorm or tropical storm has the ability to knock power out in a region for hours, days, or even weeks. And as we remember from Hurricane Sandy, the threat of a hurricane is there this time of year as well.
Once you have decided to make an investment into a generator in the event of an outage, the next thing you will need to consider is whether you should go with a standby generator or a portable generator. A standby generator may cost more initially, but it is an automatic and permanent solution that can offer its owner(s) convenience when the lights go out for a little while.
Why Do You Need Power in the First Place?
If the power goes out because of a storm or mechanical issue, some families might be okay for a short while. Maybe going without the television or internet for a day might even be a good thing. But if the power goes out for an extended period of time, power will be needed to power the refridgerator, air conditioner, and cell phones. Also, some people need power for medical equipment and other applications that they can’t do without.
Automatic standby generators start when the power goes out. They are powered by propane or natural gas. Propane is often the best choice because it has a lower startup cost, and propane can be kept in an independent propane tank system on the owner’s property. These tank(s) can be stored underground or above ground depending on the preference of the owner. We encourage you to contact us to learn about our Bucks County and Hunterdon County propane services.
Unlike portable generators, which have finite capabilities, automatic standby generators can ensure homeowners maintain safety and comfort during the worst of a storm. Homeowners also don’t have to worry about refueling the generator in the middle of the storm, which they likely will if they use a portable generator. While portable generators may be a good option for homeowners who want a temporary solution and only need a few items powered, standby generators are an insurance policy for those who deal with many outages and cannot go without an interruption of power.
There’s a longstanding debate between grill enthusiasts about whether it’s better to cook with propane gas or charcoal. As one of the leading Montgomery County propane companies, we’re here to put the argument to rest and tell you why using propane to fuel your grill is the best option.
For starters, cooking with propane as opposed to charcoal eliminates the need to mess around with fire or any sort of open flame. Propane grills are easy and safe to start when done properly. It’s as easy as opening your propane tank valve and pushing an ignite button on the grill.
Charcoal can sometimes take up to 15 minutes or longer to light and get up to the right cooking temperature. Besides requiring more effort during the ignition process, charcoal is also much messier and dirtier to handle than propane. It’s harder to tell what temperature you’re cooking at and the temperature can’t be adjusted as quickly or easily as a propane grill.
When grilling for long periods of time, charcoal can also begin to lose its heat, which requires you to add more charcoal throughout the cooking process. Charcoal grills often times also lack many of the convenient accessories that propane grills have and require much more clean up afterwards.
Becoming good at grilling with charcoal takes practice and is not nearly as intuitive as using a propane-fueled grill.
Propane grills are more popular than charcoal grills because of the convenience and control they provide. They’re easy to start, heat up quickly, easy to clean, and can include some very helpful accessories or settings.
Propane grills also offer more safety while cooking. These gas grills are typically use metal plates, lava rocks, and ceramic rocks to absorb and radiate heat. This prevents open flames, flare ups, and makes cleanup much easier because it makes drips vaporize.
Some of the convenient accessories that propane grills can include are rotisseries, side burners, night lights, side tables, spice racks, storage drawers, and more. Some higher-end propane grills feature smoke boxes for wood chips.
So you see, the choice is quite simple; there is no real debate between charcoal and propane grills. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort to master and maintain a charcoal grill then perhaps that form of cooking is not a terrible choice for you. But for those looking for a more controlled and convenient form of grilling, propane grills are certainly the way to go.