What is Propane?
Propane has been around for over a hundred years! It was first discovered in 1910, patented by 1913 and was being used in millions of homes in the United States by the 1920s. Today, propane is widely used as a fuel for central heating, barbecuing, engines and portable stoves.
Propane is a gas and is a byproduct of petroleum refining and natural gas processing.
In its natural state, propane is a transparent, odourless, non-toxic liquid. Once it changes from liquid to gas, it appears as bubbles. Propane has an odourant added called Ethyl Mercaptan once it’s in gas form for easy detection. Propane is non-toxic and it is not poisonous, so breathing in propane won’t harm you.
Temperature has a direct correlation to the pressure in a propane cylinder, so propane tanks are never filled to capacity. If the temperature outside is 5 degrees, the propane inside a cylinder or tank will be 5 degrees. If the temperature outside increases, it can force the propane to expand and take up space inside the tank, so appropriate measures are taken to not fill the tank to 100% capacity.