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May 03, 2021

Propane Tank

May 2021

I just got back from a week off of work. It’s funny how a few days off can get you more focused and energized. I spent most of my time on my farm. I managed to get a couple of chicken coops completed, some wood cut and a good start on fencing in between bouts with my turkey hunting addiction. As usual, no turkeys were harmed during my hunting adventures. 

With the warmer weather, it’s time to do some chillin’ and grillin’. I can’t tell you how to chill safely but I can give you some pointers on how to grill safely with propane. 

  • First you need to find your grill. Check behind the boat. 
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Position the grill in a safe location. Don’t place it closer than 10 feet to the house. I’ve seen melted vinyl siding from a grill that was too close to the house. Also, look up so that you don’t melt or catch something on fire above the grill. For instance, the Christmas lights that you’ve been meaning to take down. 
  • Check for leaks. Use a soapy solution that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia will damage brass valves. If you’re not sure if your detergent contains ammonia, you can get gas detection soap at your local hardware store that is safe to use on brass.
  •  Follow proper lighting procedures which are found in the manufacturer’s instructions. If the flame goes out after running for a while, turn off the gas and consult your owner’s manual. 
  • Be present. Don’t leave your grill unattended. 

If you need grill tanks filled, we can take care of that at the Do It Best in Mt. Horeb, Ace Hardware in Westby and our propane locations in Cobb, Richland Center, Lancaster and Waupaca. Call ahead to the propane locations to find out the best time to drop off your cylinders for filling. Propane cylinders are required to be visually inspected and recertified within 12 years of the manufactured date and every 5 years after that. 

Our duty to warn brochures and propane contracts will be mailed in the middle of June again this year. I am going to lock in my propane price at my house and I suggest that you do the same. There is too much volatility in the energy markets to ignore the opportunity. If you have a propane powered vehicle, you can lock your price in for a year as well. 

There is still plenty of money left in the water heater rebate program. It’s $200 per water heater. Be sure to snap a photo of the data plate on your old water heater before it’s taken away. We need the serial number and manufacturer of the old unit. The new water heater must operate on propane. 

Enjoy the rest of May. On Memorial Day please reflect on the sacrifice of the men and women who have died in service to this nation. I’ve had the privilege of serving with some of these heroes and I think about them nearly every day. Salute.  

Tim Lease

Division Manager


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