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Does Propane Have A Shelf Life?

shelf life of propane new yorkIf you’re familiar with oil-fired heating systems – anything that uses heating oil or kerosene – you probably know that over time, those fuels will degrade, making them unusable and perhaps even unsafe if they’ve been stored for too long (about 18 months or so for #2 heating oil, but that’s assuming storage in a proper, air-tight container – it could be much less than that in compromised can or bottle).

The question is, does the same thing happen to propane gas?

The answer – and the good news if you heat your Western New York home with propane – is that propane does not, and in fact cannot, degrade.

Once it is stored in a tightly sealed tank, propane gas cannot react chemically or physically with anything else; the only issue you will ever have with propane is making sure the vessel in which you have stored the propane remains in good condition (this is the reason why propane cylinders need to be recertified periodically; it’s also why your household propane tank needs to be maintained regularly by a professional). A propane shelf life of 30 years or more would not be an unreasonable expectation – as long as you maintain your propane tank properly.

Propane: The Perfect Emergency Fuel

Indefinite shelf life makes propane gas the perfect fuel for whole house backup generators, and for use during and in the aftermath of severe weather emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. Versatile enough to use for cooking, heating, water heating, and even as a fuel for vehicles, propane is the perfect partner in a pinch.

Be ready for anything this winter with reliable commercial and residential propane deliveries in Rochester and Buffalo, NY from the pros at Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more, or to become an Irish Propane customer.

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