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For the past 54 years we have striven to provide our customers with exemplary service and the lowest possible pricing for propane.
Most tanks / cylinders that are 100 gallon (420 LB) in capacity or larger have a gauge on them that measures the physical level of propane in the tank and shows it as a %. These gauges can normally be found under the lid on top of your tank / cylinder and most often sit almost flush with the surface of the tank /cylinder. They will show the lowest number (usually 0, 5, or 10) on the far left hand side (usually 7 o’clock on a watch face) and will range up to 80, 85, or 90 on the far right hand side (5 o’clock on a watch face). A tank gauge that reads at “80” signifies a tank that is 80% full – this is the maximum a tank is filled in warm weather; in cold weather a full tank may read as high as 85 on the gauge. We ask to be notified when a tank gets to 25-30% on the gauge, this signifies that a tank has about 1/3 of its propane left. This allows us a window of approximately 5-10 days to schedule a truck to come and fill the customer without worry that they will run out.
By law, any change to a gas supply or utility needs to have a permit issued and have the work done by a certified gas fitter. This includes connecting propane or natural gas to a residence of any kind. It also includes adding additional usage to a gas supply, such as wanting to add an extra line for a BBQ or adding a line for a new appliance. This is to ensure that the work meets safety standards and also to ensure that the gas supply will be adequate for all appliances.
Purchasing a new tank / cylinder from can range from $650 to over $3000 dollars. By purchasing your own tank you do have the option of purchasing your propane from the supplier of your choice. You are also responsible for all maintenance and periodic recertification of the tank, Depending on which model of tank you purchase, the recertification may need to be done every 10 or 25 years.
Renting a tank / cylinder from ranges from $85-$180 per year depending on the size. With a tank rental, the recertification will be taken care of by the supplier. A rented tank must be filled by the company the tank is rented from.
Propane, in its natural state, does not smell – it is actually completely odorless. As a safety precaution a chemical called Ethyl Mercaptan is added to propane to give it an easily detected odor of rotten eggs.
Leaks are uncommon, but the first indication you have one will likely be the smell. There are gas detectors available at retail stores but a simple way to check piping, fittings or a tank /cylinder for a leak is to mix dish soap with water and spray it on the area you think a leak is coming from. If bubbles form, you may have a leak and should take immediate action: Turn off the propane supply to that appliance or at the tank and call Blindman Valley Propane immediately. Important note: This is not intended as a comprehensive commentary or guide on leak detection but as general information to provide an overview for information purposes only. If you suspect a leak with your propane service, call Blindman Valley Propane immediately for further information and service.
A regulator is a major part of your propane system; it controls the flow of propane vapor and lowers the pressure from the tank to the appliance. Different propane systems run on different set pressures and for different stages of the propane system. The manufacturer’s specifications of each regulator determine the expected life expectancy. Environmental issues such as weather can also play a role in the life span of a regulator due to corrosion or the breakdown of parts. Regulators should be installed by a qualified technician to ensure they meet safety codes. Most manufacturers recommend that regulators be replaced every 10-15 years.
Like most other energy products, propane is an internationally traded commodity and its price is affected by supply and demand as well as other market factors.
As of January 1, a carbon levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions when combusted. For Propane this is 0.0308 cents per litre in 2017 and will increase to 0.0462 cents per litre effective January 1, 2018. This levy is included in our per litre price.
For more information on the Carbon Levy visit https://www.alberta.ca/climate-carbon-pricing.aspx#p184s1
When you have gone to get your small propane cylinder filled you have probably had the experience of being charged by the pound for propane. This is a common and acceptable way of measuring propane delivered into a vessel. For larger tanks / cylinders this is not feasible due to the weight and volume of containers, an equally precise and efficient method of litres flowing through a meter is used. Your 20LB propane cylinder when filled holds 17.85 litres of propane; 1 litre of propane weighs 1.12 pounds or to think of in inversely 1 pound of propane is 0.8929 litres.
No, propane is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels, it is non-toxic and not harmful to soil, air, or water.
Not necessarily, if there is any type of company marking or name on the tank / cylinder call the supplier to verify if the tank is a rental or not.