Practical Uses of Propane

EM2_4781-EditWhen most people think of propane tanks, they probably picture them as a way to heat your grill for barbecues and cookouts. But there are several other very good reasons to use propane gas. And now with Gas Tec’s propane delivery service, you don’t even have to leave your home to get the propane tank you need.

We decided to explore some of the more practical uses of propane tanks to help give you an idea of the many reasons to give us a call.

Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Heaters

Propane heaters can get your pool, spa or hot tub to its perfect temperature much faster than electric heaters. They also conserve energy, which saves you money on energy costs. Propane heaters, which are available in both above-ground and in-ground models, can range in size from as small as 5,000 Btu/hr (British thermal units per hour) for a spa or hot tub to 400,000 Btu/hr for a full-size swimming pool.

Patio Heaters

A propane-powered space heater for your patios can offer some warmth in cold temperatures. Some propane heaters can emit radiant heat to a 20-foot radius and raise the outdoor temperature by about 10 to 30 degrees. Propane patio heaters come in various shapes and sizes. Most models offer adjustable temperature controls and numerous safety features.

Stovetops & Ranges

We’ve already discussed using propane to help you cook on the grill outside, but it can also be used for your indoor stovetops and ranges. Cooking with propane can be cheaper and more energy efficient than cooking with electricity. Propane-fueled ovens and ranges give you more control over cooking temperature and tend to heat food more evenly. Propane-fueled burners also cool quickly.

Clothes Dryers

Propane-fueled dryers will dry your clothes more efficiently and cost you about half as much to run as electric dryers. Propane dryers heat up faster, saving you time. The moist heat of propane dryers is also less likely to burn or discolor your clothes than the heat produced by electric dryers.

Water Heaters

Smaller storage space is needed for propane water heaters than electric ones. The temperature adjustment of propane water heaters is more precise and there are more sizes, installations and venting opportunities to choose from. Propane water heaters also tend to be sturdier and last longer. Propane water heaters can fulfill the needs of household water sources such as sinks and showers, as well as larger settings such as a greenhouse, workshop or building.

Furnaces & Fireplaces

Stay warm inside by fueling your furnace or fireplace with propane. Propane furnaces and fireplaces heat up faster and more efficiently. So not only will you get warmer quicker, you’ll also be saving money on energy costs in the process. Propane furnaces and fireplaces also last much longer than electric ones.


You never know when a power outage is going to happen, but you can be prepared with a propane-fueled generator. Generators can provide your home with a reliable source of energy when the electricity is out. Generators run on propane or natural gas and can be hooked up directly to your existing gas line.

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