What is liquid propane and is it safe for your outdoor fire feature

What is Liquid Propane, and is it Safe for Your Outdoor Fire Feature?

12/01/2021|by Jason Klein

Liquid propane is a fuel used for many different things, but what exactly is it? Propane has many uses, from fueling forklifts to providing heat and electricity. It's ev en used in fire pits and fire features outside of the home. But how much do you know about liquid propane? Do you know when it should be used as an outdoor fire feature or fireplace fuel source? Are there safety precautions that need to be taken before using this fuel source around your home?

The most important thing to remember when using liquid propane with your outdoor fireplace or patio heater is to make sure that you're purchasing the correct type of propane tank for your needs. If you're not s  ure what kind of tank you need, what it is, or if it is safe for your home, then keep reading to find out.

What is Liquid Propane?

Liquid propane is a fuel that is used in many different ways. It is most commonly used as a fuel source for outdoor fire pits and fire features, but homeowners and workers can also use it for generators, forklifts, and other industrial tools. 

Liquid propane is made from refined petroleum products and is available in a variety of sizes. The most common size for propane tanks used in outdoor fire pits and features is 20 pounds, but you can also purchase tanks in capacities of 30, 40, and 50 pounds. 

With fewer byproducts than methane gas, propane is often considered to be a cleaner-burning fuel source. What's more, propane has over 40% fewer greenhouse emissions than other fossil fuels. 

This fuel is available in liquid and gas form, but it's important to remember that not all propane tanks are the same. If you're using liquid propane with an outdoor fireplace or patio heater, you need to ensure that you have the correct tank type. 

What Can Liquid Propane Fuel?

You can use liquid propane in many different ways. For example:

  • Outdoor heaters and fireplaces
  • Camping stoves and grills
  • Ranges and ovens at homes, in RVs, and on boats
  • Patio heaters
  • Fire feature burners
  • Barbecue grills
  • Industrial equipment

How Can Liquid Propane be Used for Outdoor Fire Pits?

When most people think of liquid propane, they think of grills. But did you know that you can use liquid propane with an outdoor fire pit? You can, but you have to ensure that your propane tank is approved for use with a fireplace or outdoor heater. Do not attempt to use a propane tank that has not been specifically approved for this use to be safe.

What are the Different Types of Propane Tanks Available?

There are three types of propane tanks available: disposable tanks, refillable tanks, and exchange tanks. 

Disposable Propane Tanks

Disposable propane tanks are the most common type of tank. These tanks are designed for one-time use and can be filled at various locations, including home improvement stores and propane dealers. These tanks are the most economical choice, but they do need to be replaced after each use.

Refillable Propane Tanks

When it comes time to replace your empty propane tank, opt for a refillable propane tank instead of another disposable propane tank. Not only will this save money in the long run, but also it's better for the environment since you can refill your tank several times before replacing it. What's more, these tanks are available in different sizes to provide you with more flexibility for your home or outdoor space.

Exchange Tanks

If you're using propane at your workplace, then an exchange tank might be right for you. Exchange tanks are filled by the propane company and then exchanged for a full tank. What's more, you can easily swap these tanks at gas stations, hardware stores, and grocery stores across the country at any time.

Safety Concerns of Using Propane

When using propane, it's important to remember the following safety concerns:

  • Never store propane tanks in hot, enclosed spaces
  • Make sure your tank is adequately secured and upright
  • Do not overfill your tank
  • Check for leaks before using your tank
  • Make sure your tank is not damaged
  • If you smell propane during use, then the source of this odor needs to be resolved immediately. What's more, if you hear a hissing sound while using your propane tank, then you should stop what you're doing and determine the source of the noise before turning on any nearby flames or ignition.

For more information on using and storing propane safely, be sure to check out the Propane Education & Research Council's website. Contact your local supplier to learn more about propane or if you're interested in purchasing a propane tank for your home or outdoor space.

What to do if you Still Have Questions?

If you have more questions about propane or what type of tank to use with your fire pit, contact a propane supplier in your area. What's more, if you're interested in purchasing a propane tank for your home or backyard space, then consider reaching out to suppliers that provide propane exchange tanks. 

Using Liquid Propane with Firegear Fire Furnishings

Firegear is the premier provider of high-quality, luxury outdoor fire furnishings and fireplaces. You can fuel all of our appliances with natural gas or liquid propane. To use liquid propane, all you need is our conversion kit and accessories to be up and running. 

Get started enjoying the outdoors today by choosing a brand new fire furnishing to be the centerpiece of your outdoor space.