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Industrial Propane

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Industrial Propane

Propane, also known as liquified petroleum gas, is a clean-burning industrial fuel that serves multiple purposes. Propane is a product of the components produced during natural gas processing, including methane, ethane, butane and hydrocarbons. Crude oil refining is another method of obtaining propane.

A Meritus Gas Partners supplier near your business can provide HD10-grade propane for commercial applications. When you work with one of our partners, you’ll receive a high-quality product that meets your needs. This propane version can contain up to 10% propylene in the mixture.

Industrial Propane Cost and Availability

One benefit of depending on propane as a fuel source is its general availability. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the propane consumed in the United States is generated in North America. Recently with events in Ukraine, the US has become a net exporter of propane to the EU.

While producing enough propane is rarely an issue, external factors can impact its accessibility. For instance, transportation and supply chain issues can prevent the gas from reaching the end user promptly. These circumstances can lead to a limited supply, which also causes price increases.

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Industrial Propane Uses and Applications

Propane gas has numerous uses in the industrial and commercial sectors:

  • Metals: Propane burns at a high temperature of 3,596 degrees Fahrenheit. This characteristic allows propane to assist in melting metals such as aluminum, brass and bronze in stationary and tilting crucible furnaces. It can also melt metal jewelry like silver and gold.
  • Agriculture: Many farmers choose propane as the fuel source for crop drying equipment, such as corn, hay, tobacco and soybean dryers. They also use it for flame weeding via tractor-mounted or hand-held heat generation devices and irrigation pumps.
  • Warehousing: More warehouses, distribution centers and other material-handling operations are choosing propane-powered forklifts. The clean-burning fuel is safe to use indoors and outdoors and for powering space heaters in colder areas of the facility.
  • Manufacturing: Industrial manufacturing plants use propane gas to fuel their vehicles, power generators and other equipment, machinery and tools. It also plays a primary role in producing plastics, solvents, aerosol propellants and synthetic vulcanized rubber.
  • Printing: Many printing companies use hot propane gas to dry ink on paper, aluminum foil, cellophane and other materials during large-scale operations. Propane can also burn off printing rolls.
  • Power generation: Some businesses use propane gas as fuel for their standby generators. This gas is reliable during an emergency such as a power outage and safe to store for extended periods.

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Propane Safety

While propane is relatively safe, it’s essential to implement safe handling practices to prevent accidents and injuries. Never store propane cylinders near stairways, entryways or exits in high-traffic areas. Keep the cylinders in appropriate safety cages or cabinets on flat surfaces and away from water sources.

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Why Choose a Meritus Gas Partners Industrial Propane Supplier?

All Meritus Gas Partners distributors prioritize providing high-quality products backed by exceptional services. You’ll also have access to unrivaled expertise to help you make more informed purchasing decisions for your business.

Contact us to learn more about our industrial/commercial propane services and locate a supplier near you today.

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