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Propane Facts

North Idaho Propane - Propane Facts
  • Propane, or liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), is one of the nation's most versatile sources of energy.
  • Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, in roughly equal amounts.
  • Propane supplies 3 to 4 percent of our total energy.
  • Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel that is listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
  • Propane can be either a liquid or a gas.
  • Propane is a non-toxic, colorless and odorless gas at normal atmospheric pressure and temperature.
  • Similar to natural gas, an identifying odor is added to Propane so it can be readily detected.
  • Under moderate pressure, propane becomes a liquid that vaporizes into a clean-burning gas when released from its storage container.
  • Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than a gas, making it efficient to store and transport as a liquid.

How is Propane measured?

  • The gauge on the Propane tank reads in a percent value. For instance, if you have a 250 gallon tank and the gauge reads 80%, there is 200 gallons of propane in the tank (at 60° F). 80% is accepted industry practice for maximum filling level. This is to allow the fuel to expand and contract with the outside air temperatures.

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