Here at STONEKOR, we have built the foundation of our company around propane power. We are frequently asked about the benefits of using propane-powered equipment over electric or gas-powered machinery and how propane fits safely into job sites. Here we answer six of your most common questions:
Why Is Propane A Good Power Choice for Concrete and Janitorial Equipment?
Propane power offers numerous benefits for equipment operators. First, propane powered equipment allows significant flexibility to maneuver on job sites without the limitations of available 220v/440v electrical power, the associated expensive and cumbersome electrical cords, the expense of electricity and the need for a generator. Second, propane delivers strong, reliable power to tackle the most challenging cleaning jobs. Third, propane allows safe operation both indoors and outdoors while permitted operators to perform tasks in both wet and dry environments.
Is Propane Okay for the Environment?
Yes. According to the Propane Education and Research Council, “Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels…Propane also is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to soil or water.”
I’m Not Accustomed to Using Propane; What is Propane Used For?
Many people are surprised to find out just how much of our surroundings are regularly powered by propane. Propane is used in homes and industry to power air conditioners, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, ovens, ranges, grills, patio heaters, fleet vehicles, forklifts, and many types of landscape and construction machinery.
What is LPG?
Propane is also referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LPG, or LP-gas. These names are used interchangeably, but all refer to the same product, with the same composition, properties, and available uses.
Is Propane Readily Available?
Propane is readily available—the livelihood of our business depends on your ability to access propane. Propane is available in every state, and there are more than 6,000 dealers nationwide. You are probably accustomed to seeing propane tanks outside of your local grocery or convenience store, but propane is available in many more outlets and quantities than what you regularly access to fuel your outdoor grill.
How Should My Workforce Handle Propane?
STONEKOR takes your safety very seriously. We believe propane is the safest power choice for machine power in wet and dry conditions. Propane is less flammable than gasoline, and it removes the electrical and cord variables when working in wet/dry locations where expanded mobility is important.
Propane is a gas, so it cannot be ingested as a liquid and it will not pool on the floor. Propane now contains a scent-additive so a leak is easy to detect. Also, according the Propane Council, “Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products. Propane won’t ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940 degrees Fahrenheit.” This is nearly twice the temperature it takes to ignite gasoline, which ranges from 430 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.