Propane FAQs

Learn more about propane and how it can be used in your home or business!

propane frequently asked questionsIf you are new to using propane, you likely have a few (or more than a few) questions about it.

Callahan’s Gas is here to help! With more than 80 years of experience in propane services on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we have the knowledge and insights that can help you maximize the benefits of propane for your home or business.

Let’s go over some common questions. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us. We’re happy to help!

Q. What is propane?

A. Propane is a byproduct of natural gas and crude oil processing. Due to its liquid form, it is also known as liquid petroleum gas or LPG. Propane’s chemical formula is C₃H₈.

Q. Where does propane come from?

A. Propane is almost entirely domestically produced, making it not only an efficient energy source but also one that supports American energy independence. The U.S. became a net exporter of propane in 2011.

Q. What are propane tanks made of?

A. The propane tanks provided by Callahan’s Gas, whether for your home or business, are proudly manufactured in the United States using high-quality steel. These tanks meet the stringent safety standards set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and are certified accordingly.

Propane cylinders, commonly used for grills and other outdoor equipment like portable generators, firepits and insect traps, are typically constructed from steel. However, they can also be manufactured using aluminum or composite materials. These cylinders are certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the safe transport of propane. As a result, they are sometimes called DOT cylinders.

Q. Is propane efficient?

A. Propane surpasses electricity in generating Btu’s (British Thermal Units) and outperforms natural gas by delivering more than double the Btu’s per cubic foot. This means that you require significantly less propane to produce the same level of heat or energy. Additionally, propane appliances typically exhibit high efficiency, resulting in minimal fuel waste during combustion. Conversely, approximately two-thirds of the energy utilized by power plants for electricity generation and transmission goes to waste.

Q. How can I use propane in my home?

A. Propane’s versatility is another reason why people love having it in their homes! Take propane water heaters, for instance, which not only generate a larger volume of hot water but also do so at a more affordable cost per gallon compared to electricity. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, households that opt for propane to heat their water can enjoy average annual savings of $174.

Propane’s remarkable efficiency not only makes it an ideal choice for home heating and water heating but also establishes it as a superior alternative to electricity for powering a wide range of appliances. These appliances include:

  • fireplaces
  • garage and space heaters
  • gas ranges
  • grills
  • firepits
  • outdoor lighting
  • deck and patio heaters
  • pool and spa-tub heaters
  • portable generators

Ready to enjoy all that propane can bring to your Mid-Shore home or business? Become a Callahan’s Gas customer today!