Can Propane Freeze?

Science Class

propane freeze point new yorkWith winter around the corner, you might begin to worry about how the cold weather will impact the propane in your home’s propane tank. Well, since it’s back-to-school season, let’s take a trip to science class. Winters in Western and Central New York are not for the faint of heart (or thin skinned). It gets cold up here. Really, really cold. As a propane customer, have you ever wondered if propane can freeze or if the cold can negatively impact your propane tank?

Propane can indeed freeze. However, having the propane in your propane tank freeze isn’t something you need to spend a lot of time worrying about. Why? Well, the freezing point of propane is below zero. Specifically, the freezing point of propane is -44 degrees Fahrenheit. It might get cold in Buffalo and Rochester, but not that cold. So there’s no need to worry about your propane freezing this winter—unless we get some really record-breaking cold!

Winter Propane Tank Care

It’s true that you don’t have to worry about your propane freezing this winter, but that’s not to say you can forget all about it. There are some things you still need to think about when the temperatures dip. Propane won’t freeze at any of the temperatures we’ll see this winter, but it is still affected by extremely cold weather.

Propane is a liquid. When it gets cold enough, it contracts. That means that if the temperature drops, the same amount of propane will take up less volume. Your propane tank’s size stays the same. So when the volume of propane in the tank decreases, so does the propane pressure in the tank. If the pressure gets too low, the propane in your tank won’t be able to reach your gas burner and you’re likely to have trouble running your propane appliances.

Chances are this won’t be a common occurrence this winter, but it’s still helpful to know what you can do to avoid low propane pressure problems.

Here are three tips:

  1. Stay above 30. Don’t let your propane tank’s level fall below 30%. If you notice you’re close to only having 1/3 of a tank, especially if really cold weather is in the forecast, contact Irish Propane to request a propane delivery.
  2. Clear the snow. Make sure you always clear the snow off your tank as soon as you can after a snowstorm. Exposure to the sun will keep your tank warmer.
  3. Lower your thermostat. This might seem counterintuitive on a cold day, but it’s all about pressure. Turning your thermostat down will decrease your heating system’s workload. This will allow the pressure in your tank to build.

Reliability & Value

Now that you know how to care for your propane tank during the winter months, do you know who to call when you need a propane delivery? The answer is Irish Propane. You can purchase your propane with confidence when you come to us. We offer our Western and Central New York customers honest and fair propane pricing. And we deliver any time, any day, and in any weather.

Trust the experts at Irish Propane

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, certified women’s enterprise serving both residential and commercial customers in Western and Central New York. Let us put our family business to work for your family.

Contact Irish Propane today to learn more or to join our family of satisfied customers.

Let Us Deliver for You

propane delivery new yorkWith inflation breaking records and so much talk of recession, every dollar counts even more. You want to know you’re getting value whenever you make a purchase. You’re looking to spend wisely and save whenever possible. As a propane customer, you’re already benefiting from how versatile and efficient propane is. There’s so much it can do in and around your home. As an Irish Propane customer, you benefit from our commitment to exceptional service and value.

Irish Propane is proud to stand behind our honest and fair propane pricing. It’s a commitment we make to our customers every day of the year no matter what the markets are doing. So when you’re an Irish Propane customer, you can purchase your propane with confidence and the knowledge that you’re getting a fair price.

Residential Services

Irish Propane offers the following residential propane services:

  • Propane Delivery
  • Propane Cylinder Refills
  • Propane Tank Disposal

We also offer payment plans that can help take some of the unpredictability out of your budget.

Reliability & Value

We offer our customers value in several ways. We are dependable and flexible. Irish Propane provides reliable propane delivery in Western and Central New York. And we’ll deliver whenever and wherever you need us to. We have experienced staff and a well-maintained fleet to ensure you get your propane safely regardless of the weather conditions or time of day. And you can rest assured that the propane gas we deliver is of the highest quality. In short, we’re always there when you need us. And we offer a high level of service that’s second to none.

If you live in Western or Central New York, you can rely on Irish Propane for all your home’s propane needs. We are proud to be a family-owned company with deep roots in the company. We’re here to help make your life better with clean, green propane.

Trust the experts at Irish Propane

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, certified women’s enterprise serving both residential and commercial customers in Western and Central New York. Let us put our family business to work for your family.

Contact Irish Propane today to learn more or to join our family of satisfied customers.

Irish Propane Handles Propane Tank Disposal

propane tank removal new yorkSummer is officially here! That means BBQ season is here too. Chances are you’ve already begun firing up the grill and cooking delicious feasts for your family and friends. You may also have some old 20-pound or 40-pound propane cylinders you need to dispose of.

You can’t throw your old propane cylinders in the trash. It’s against the law. It’s also dangerous. And in most communities, propane tanks don’t get picked up with the recycling. It’s also a safety hazard to store propane tanks inside your home.

If you need a refresher on propane safety, click here.

Propane tank disposal

If you have any propane tank cylinders that you’re looking to get rid of, Irish Propane can handle the disposal for you.

Irish Propane makes propane tank disposal easy. Whether they’re rusted, damaged, or simply unwanted, bring your propane tank cylinders to Irish Propane, and we’ll dispose of them safely and in accordance with all of New York State’s codes for recycling and hazardous waste disposal. All you have to do is bring your propane cylinder to one of our locations and pay a small fee. We’ll take care of the rest.

A company you can count on

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, and certified women’s business enterprise that serves homes and businesses in central and western New York. Irish Propane provides our customers with fair and honest pricing, innovative solutions, convenient payment plans, and exceptional safety standards. We are there for our customers whenever and wherever they need us.

If you’re in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, you can count on Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more about propane tank disposal and all of the other propane services we offer.

Improve Your Quality of Life with Propane

propane benefits new yorkPropane gas is a popular fuel for many reasons. You may also hear it referred to as LP or liquid propane gas. But whatever it’s called, there are many ways it can improve your quality of life in and around your New York home—especially during the summer months. And Irish Propane is a reliable propane service in Buffalo and Rochester, New York

Why Use Propane?

If you only think of propane when it comes time to grill, then get to know some of the other reasons using propane can be beneficial to you and your family. Here are some of the benefits propane offers:

  1. Efficiency: One of propane’s best qualities is how efficient it is. That means you get more for your money when you use propane to fuel your appliances.
  2. Portability: Propane is easy to transport, so you can bring it tailgating, camping, et cetera.
  3. Versatility: There’s so much propane can do in and around your home. With a single supply tank, you can use propane to cook, heat your home’s water, dry your clothes, and heat your home and pool.
  4. Eco-Friendly: Propane is clean and green. It’s non-toxic and produces almost no harmful carbon emissions.
  5. Safety: Propane appliances and tanks must adhere to strict safety standards. And all propane professionals receive extensive training. Propane has one of the best safety records in the fueling industry.
  6. Availability: The vast majority of the propane used in America is produced here in America. Unlike heating oil, the cost and availability of propane aren’t vulnerable to geopolitical events.

Click here to learn more about propane’s benefits.

Count on Irish

You can count on Irish Propane for all your propane needs. We offer the residents of Buffalo and Rochester, NY, expert propane and propane services:

  • We Deliver: You can trust the pros at Irish Propane to provide reliable propane delivery.
  • Cylinder Refills: We offer fast and friendly fill-ups at both of our locations.
  • Tank Disposal: You can bring us your unwanted propane tanks for disposal.

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, and certified women’s business enterprise serving residential and commercial customers in Central and Western New York. We offer fair and honest pricing, quality propane, friendly experts, and exceptional safety standards. You can count on us.

Contact Irish Propane today to learn more about how we can meet your propane needs.

There’s So Much It Can Do

propane uses new yorkSummer officially starts this month. That means BBQ’s and picnics and lots of time enjoying your outdoor space. Propane can be a part of a terrific summer. Sure, propane will help you grill a feast for your friends and family, but propane can do much, much more!

There are several advantages to making propane a part of your summer:

  1. Portability: Propane is easy to transport, so you can bring it tailgating, camping, et cetera.
  2. Versatility: There’s so much propane can do in and around your home.
  3. Eco-Friendly: Propane is clean and green.

Get More Out of Your Summer with Propane

You can have a cool summer with propane. Here are some of the propane products that can help you get even more out of your home in Buffalo or Rochester this summer:

  1. Grills: It’s almost impossible to beat the precise heat control you get with a propane grill. Propane gas grills heat up quickly, burn clean, and are easy to clean when you’re done. You’ll also save on AC costs by doing more of your cooking outdoors.
  2. Pool Heaters: Electric and solar-powered pool heaters are no match for the heating power of a propane pool heater. With a propane pool heater, you can enjoy your pool all summer long and into autumn!
  3. Outdoor Living: Why not take it outside? Upgrade your backyard with a full propane-powered kitchen. Add function and beautiful ambiance with a propane firepit, outdoor fireplace, or propane lighting. Get a propane patio heater and enjoy your space even on a chilly evening.

Whatever propane product you choose, you can count on Irish Propane to provide all the propane you’ll need.

Irish Propane offers the residents of Buffalo and Rochester, NY, expert propane and propane services:

  • We Deliver: You can trust the pros at Irish Propane to provide reliable propane delivery.
  • Cylinder Refills: We offer fast and friendly fill-ups at both of our locations.
  • Tank Disposal: You can bring us your unwanted propane tanks for disposal.

Count on Irish

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, and certified women’s business enterprise that serves Central and Western New York. Irish Propane provides our customers with fair and honest pricing, quality propane, friendly experts, and exceptional safety standards. We are there for our customers whenever and wherever they need us.

If you’re in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, you can count on Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more about how we can meet your propane needs.

Don’t Let Price Spikes Stress You Out!

payment options new yorkIt seems everywhere you look the price of everything is on the rise. Across the country, Americans are spending more to put gas in their cars and food in their pantries and fridges. Inflation is breaking records. Everything costs more. It can be overwhelming.

As a company committed to offering fair and honest propane gas prices, we at Irish Propane offer a convenient payment plan to our propane delivery customers that will take some of the guesswork out of your household budget.

Know Your Numbers

The marketplace is unpredictable. Recent price spikes have proven that. There’s no telling how high prices could go in the future. But if you sign up for our Budget Payment Plan, you’ll never have to guess or worry about your propane bill. You’ll always know exactly what to expect.

When you enroll in the Irish Propane Budget Payment Plan, we calculate your total fuel bill for the year and evenly divide it into 12 predictable payments. You’ll avoid getting hit with three or four giant bills during high usage months. Instead, you’ll know exactly what your monthly bill will be because it will be the same each month. And even if the price of fuel shoots up, your monthly payments won’t.

Perhaps best of all, enrollment in this plan is completely free!

Budget Payment Plan Advantages

There are many advantages to signing up for Irish Propane’s Budget Payment Plan. First and foremost, you’ll have peace of mind and a predictable bill even if the fuel market fluctuates. And even during high usage months where you may need more than one delivery, your monthly payment will remain the same.

A Company You Can Count On

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, certified women’s business enterprise. We’re committed to providing our Central and Western New York customers with competitive prices, dependable service, and quality. We’re also proud of our innovative solutions, convenient payment plan, and exceptional safety standards.

If you’re in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, you can count on Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more about our Budget Payment Plan.

grill tank refill new yorkSpring is really here! The April showers have brought May flowers, and the weather in New York is drawing us out of our homes more and more each day. It’s the season to start really enjoying your outdoor space. It’s the season to fire up the propane grill and make some delicious memories with your family and friends in your backyard.

Now that it’s time to get grilling again, you’re going to need refills for your propane cylinders. Irish Propane offers fast and friendly fill-ups at both our Buffalo and Rochester, New York locations.

Why refill?

It’s easy to get attached to a propane cylinder. Once you know the cylinder you have is safe and reliable—and you know you’ve taken good care of it—there’s no reason to replace it. It makes sense to refill it instead. That’s why Irish Propane is in the business of refilling propane cylinders. And we do more than just refill propane cylinders. We also check them to make sure they’re in good and safe working order. So you can leave with a full tank and peace of mind.

Get More for Your Money

Propane refills make good economic sense. You get more for your money with a propane cylinder refill versus a tank exchange. You get more gas from a refill than from an exchange. With an exchange, chances are there’s still some gas in the tank that you’re essentially giving away. Also, lots of companies that do tank exchanges only fill their tanks to 75% of its capacity.

Honesty Is Our Policy

At Irish Propane, we don’t charge you full price for a 75% full tank. We offer our domestic customers refills for their 20-pound and 40-pound cylinders. With Irish Propane as your refill supplier, you’ll be able to enjoy your grill all season long.

A company you can count on

Come to Irish Propane for an honest propane cylinder refill for your Western or Central New York home. Our friendly experts are waiting to serve you!

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, and certified women’s business enterprise that serves Central and Western New York. Irish Propane provides our customers with fair and honest pricing, quality propane, friendly experts, and exceptional safety standards. We are there for our customers whenever and wherever they need us.

If you’re in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, you can count on Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a propane cylinder refill.

Get Cooking with Irish Propane!

propane for business new yorkThe best months for maximizing your profits as a food truck operator are here! The weather is warming up, and that’s pulling people outdoors. You want a propane supplier that can keep up with your schedule and needs. You need a propane supplier that you can rely on to be there wherever and whenever you need a delivery. Irish Propane can be that supplier for you.

Using propane offers you an economical, safe, and consistent fuel for producing the delicious food your customers crave. Making Irish Propane your propane supplier means you’ll get reliable service. Let’s take a closer look at what Irish Propane can do for your food truck enterprise.

Propane Tank Refills

Propane tanks are a convenient and economical method for powering the cooking equipment on your food truck. As your propane supplier, Irish Propane can handle the following for you:

  • Propane tank rental & refueling: You can refill your propane tanks at one of our convenient locations in Buffalo or Rochester. Alternatively, you can rent propane tanks from us.
  • Planning: If you’re just getting started, we can help you calculate the volume of propane you’ll need to keep your appliances running each day.
  • Support services: We’ll make sure everything propane-related is as it should be. We’ll help you with tank certifications and inspections as well as leak testing.

Food Trucks & Propane Safety

At Irish Propane, safety is a top priority. Propane has a wonderful safety record as a cooking fuel, but there are still important safety practices to be aware of. Here’s a brief guide to propane safety for your food truck:

  • It’s important that you understand all the markings on your propane tank. They indicate what type of tank you have, the tank’s manufacture date, and its recertification date.
  • You should learn the different kinds of propane cylinder requalification. You also need to know if your tanks need to be recertified, because cylinders past their certification period may not function safely. If you’re not sure, that’s something Irish Propane can help you determine.
  • Everyone working on your food truck should know how to detect a propane leak and what to do in the event of one. Never attempt to fix a leak yourself! If you suspect a leak, call 911 and then call us before you use your equipment. Click here for details on how to detect a propane leak and what to do when one is detected.
  • Keep flammable liquids such as cleaners, gasoline, etc. away from gas-burning equipment. Fumes from these liquids can be ignited by the pilot burner.
  • Know where the gas lines are located inside your truck so you can avoid damaging them when moving equipment etc.

Trust the Pros at Irish Propane

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, certified women’s enterprise serving both residential and commercial customers in western and central New York.

Contact Irish Propane today to learn more or to become a customer.

How a Monthly Payment Plan Works

propane delivery new yorkIrish Propane prides ourselves on offering our customers fair and honest propane gas prices day after day. If your household depends on propane, then you take notice when the price of propane goes up. We are in a unique season right now. There is currently a great deal of anxiety surrounding heating costs. We know all too well that recent price increases for propane (not to mention all the other necessities that keep your household up and running) may be hard for you to manage. Regardless of your financial situation, you’re a valued customer and we want to help in any way that we can.

One of the ways we try to accommodate the financial limits of our customers is by offering our Budget Payment Plan. When you sign up for this plan, you’ll be able to predict your monthly propane charges because we’ll spread your total fuel bill for the year over 12 even payments. That way, you won’t get hit with three or four giant bills during high usage months. Instead, you’ll know exactly what your monthly bill will be because it will be the same each month.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t pay any more to be a part of this program. Enrollment in this plan costs you absolutely nothing.

Properties of our Budget Payment Plan

There are several advantages to signing up for Irish Propane’s Budget Payment Plan. Here are some of its features:

  1. You won’t use more fuel than you normally would. Even during those months that you need more than one delivery, your monthly bill will be the same.
  2. We’ll only charge you for the fuel you receive, and you’ll pay the market price on the day of your delivery.
  3. Participating in our Budget Payment Plan will make your bills more predictable and manageable at a time when propane prices are fluctuating like crazy.
  4. You’ll have more cash on hand during high propane usage months.
  5. If your balance grows, you’ll still never pay any finance charges.

The Math

How do we calculate the amount of your monthly payments? We simply take your estimated annual fuel usage (which we calculate by looking at your previous bills) and multiply it by this year’s projected price. Then we split that total into 12 payments. If needed, we’ll make an adjustment. The result is that instead of paying as much as $500 or $600 per delivery some months, you’ll pay half that amount or less every month.

You don’t need to worry that you’ll end up paying too much (or little) for your propane. If your actual bills are a little higher or lower than we estimated, we will make any needed adjustments.

Signing up for our Budget Payment Plan is an effective way to make a tough situation a little bit easier.

We’re on Your Side

Irish Propane wants to give you the most competitive price we can while providing you with the dependable service and quality you’ve come to rely on us for.

We value all of our customers, especially those that have remained loyal for many years, and it is frustrating to have to charge you so much for your propane. Unfortunately, we are limited by the prices our suppliers charge us. But rest assured that we are doing our best to help you navigate through these difficult times.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and remain committed to taking the best care of your family, no matter what happens with the price of propane in the future.

A company you can count on

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, and certified women’s business enterprise that serves homes and businesses in central and western New York. Irish Propane provides our customers with fair and honest pricing, innovative solutions, convenient payment plans, and exceptional safety standards. We are there for our customers whenever and wherever they need us.

If you’re in or around the Rochester or Buffalo areas of New York, you can count on Irish Propane. Contact us today to learn more about our payment plans.

Understanding the Propane Gas Markets and Price Fluctuations

propane costs new yorkThese days it seems like the cost of everything is going up. You’ve probably already noticed how much more you’re paying at the gas pump and at the grocery store. Propane prices have also risen. And while that is frustrating and downright painful at times, try to take comfort in the fact that propane remains one of the most cost-effective ways to heat your home and fuel your appliances. And propane does all this while also reducing carbon emissions.

Plus, historically speaking, what goes up must come down. It’s just a matter of when. And while the sooner the better, rest assured that today’s higher propane prices won’t last forever.

Propane prices change less dramatically than oil prices.

You may have noticed price swing trends with propane tend to be more moderate compared to heating oil, gasoline and other fuels derived from a barrel of crude oil.

This is because propane is a completely domestic form of energy. The U.S. actually exports propane to other countries. The abundance of the domestic North American supply means it is a secure and readily available resource. It also helps moderate the pricing in the U.S. 

Crude oil, on the other hand, while also produced in the U.S., is still also an imported product. That makes it more susceptible to geopolitical events. 

Supply and demand

The combination of high demand and lower-than-average inventory is always a common driver for higher propane prices. While you may just think of propane demand for home heating and appliance use, it goes well beyond that.

As an example, global demand for propane has risen because of its increased use as a petrochemical feedstock, the vast majority of which are derived from crude oil and natural gas. These petrochemicals serve as the basis of many end products, including plastic, paper, adhesives and detergents. Petrochemical manufacturers are the largest consumers of propane.

Global demand for U.S. propane has remained steady despite higher U.S. prices because international prices for propane and other feedstocks have also increased, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Other key factors

Here are a few more of the multiple factors that can affect the price you ultimately pay for your propane:

  • Global conflicts and natural disasters: war, political strife, conflict, or natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, or hurricanes. Even the hint of a possible disruption in energy supply will heavily influence the buying and selling done by commodities traders. For example, when Russia invaded, the U.S. placed a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products. Especially with other countries expected to follow, that meant there would be a big energy void to fill.
  • Propane exports: The U.S. is a large exporter of propane, and that export business continues to grow. This is good business for the large wholesale propane suppliers, but it increases demand even further in an industry that traditionally doesn’t store huge quantities of propane at once. Many propane suppliers are obligated to provide the quantity of propane they’ve committed to export, leaving even less inventory for domestic consumption.
  • Weather Extremes: If there’s a low supply during a time of high demand, such as the colder months, an even scarcer market develops. If the cold snap is especially extreme or lasts longer than usual, that scarcity gets further compounded. People may start to panic buy (not unlike when folks were hoarding toilet paper during the beginning of the pandemic).

There are also some long-time factors that have always influenced prices such as the proximity of the supply, transportation bottlenecks, energy policy, and manufacturing trends. More recently, these issues have also come into play:

  • The actual cost of delivering fuel has risen.
  • New expenses have arisen du to Covid-19-related workforce issues.
  • Supply chain problems have caused shortages, resulted in shipment delays, and inflated prices for supplies, parts, tanks and other materials.

What’s going to happen next?

We wish we had a crystal ball, but we at Irish Propane can only wait and see just like you. These price changes aren’t good for us either. Some people think that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. That’s because people cut back on their usage in response to price increases. Some also have trouble paying their bills. Meanwhile, we must still pay our suppliers promptly.

Irish Propane is here for you.

Even with all the uncertainty in the propane market, you can count on us to never let you run out. And if you start having trouble paying your bill, please let us know so we can do our best to work something out with you. You may also want to consider signing up for our budget payment plan.  

Irish Propane is a fourth-generation, family-owned, certified women’s enterprise serving both residential and commercial customers in western and central New York.

Contact Irish Propane today to learn more.

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