Thursday, September 13, 2012
When it costs more to cook outside on the grill or on your propane fire pit than going to a restaurant, it may be time to find a new source for your portable propane tank refill needs. With propane gas prices reaching levels of between two dollars and fifty cents to over three dollars per gallon in some areas, it becomes less cost effective do use your outdoor cooking devices. You can find local suppliers that do not try to take advantage of your situation and charge reasonable industry prices, which will still be high, but at the same time not gouge you for the benefit of extra profit. Keeping warm on the backyard deck at night with your propane fire pit may also be a luxury that may well have to be curbed until prices come into alignment. To make sure your not wasting money with faulty equipment, always check the lines for leaks and around the regulator valve as well. You may be letting half or even more of your gas escape and not even know it when you really think it is shut off. If your tanks are over fifteen to twenty years old, it may be time to get new ones or at the very least invest in new lines, and a regulator valve to insure your family’s safety, and to keep growing fuel costs down. After having made such a large investment in your pit, it really does not make sense to discard your LP version for a wood or electric model. If natural gas service is available to your home, then call them and ask about converting your fire pit to their product, and see what the costs involved are to accomplish this task. It may be more affordable to operate in this manner, and you will be able to repurpose your outdoor appliance to save money at the same time. You may want to explore other options for other home appliances that you own that can be converted back and forth depending on which fuel prices is trending lower for the year. Usually you can be assured that when gasoline prices drop propane will follow since it is a derivative of the oil and gas industry. Propane is a great clean burning product that also has many commercial and transportation uses, as even private automobile owners have even converted their pickup trucks, and the life over to propane in order to get better mileage and try to save the Earth’s atmosphere by using cleaner and greener products for transportation purposes.