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Take the uncertainty out of your propane delivery planning.

propane tank monitor Monmouth County, NJ For many Blue Flame customers, propane is not a luxury but an absolute necessity. From heating homes to fueling cooking ranges and powering hot water systems, this energy source is a versatile, dependable presence. How can you ensure that you don’t run out of propane unexpectedly?

Propane tank monitors are a fantastic solution, keeping you updated on your propane tank levels in real time and wherever you are. If you have a propane-powered home in Monmouth County or throughout Southern New Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania, the Blue Flame team can quickly install one of these state-of-the-art devices on your tank to provide around-the-clock monitoring. Here are four advantages of a propane tank monitor.

No More Running Out to Check Your Propane Level

Gone are the days when you’d have to squint out the window, worrying whether you had enough propane to make it through another cold night. You can say goodbye to dashing into a snowstorm to check your tank gauge. Tank monitors employ cellular and wireless technology to provide accurate, up-to-the-minute readings on your propane levels. You can follow them right on your smartphone with the Blue Flame app. You’ll know when it’s time for a refill long before the tank runs low. Whether you’re snuggled up inside or miles away on vacation, the peace of mind that comes with knowing your propane levels is invaluable.

Easily Monitor Propane Levels for Income Properties

If you are a property owner, landlord or host on Airbnb or VRBO, staying on top of your rental properties’ fuel needs is crucial. A propane tank monitor keeps you informed so you can manage propane deliveries for your renters or guests without needing to be physically at the property.

Help Older Relatives Keep Their Propane Tanks Filled

For those who have older family members or loved ones living independently, the thought of them running low on propane in the middle of winter can cause significant anxiety. Propane tank monitors provide a crucial safety net, ensuring they stay comfortable all year round.

You can help manage your older relatives’ independent home fuel source with the Blue Flame app. If they need a propane delivery, you can reach out to us to order fuel right away.

A Perfect Companion to Automatic Propane Delivery

Pairing a tank monitor with automatic delivery provides 100% confidence in your home fuel supply. We typically use our computerized system to calculate when you’ll need propane based on your usage history and current weather patterns. However, for some customers, these calculations are less exact because of inconsistent usage.

For example, if you have frequent visitors or travel a lot for business, your fuel consumption can vary quite a bit. Similarly, high-consumption products like pool heaters or whole-home standby generators can cause sudden spikes in propane use. But you can avoid run-outs completely by pairing automatic delivery with a propane tank monitor. Our team will always know precisely when to deliver your fuel.

Installing a propane tank monitor only takes a few minutes. Get in Touch with Blue Flame today to arrange tank monitoring service for your home.

Keep your home’s propane connections safe this spring.

gas lines Salem County, NJ Spring is a time for straightening up and getting our households in order. In addition to the dusting, hedge trimming and refrigerator purging, it’s a good idea to take a look at your outdoor propane gas lines.

A gas line is the tubing that runs between your home’s propane tank and the various propane appliances and systems inside and around your home. Gas lines are an integral part of your propane-powered household. In Salem County and across our Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania service region, the Blue Flame team helps homeowners ensure that their systems are running efficiently and safely with regular inspections.

Here is a rundown of the issues your gas lines might experience — and how Blue Flame can help.

What can happen to your home’s propane gas lines?

While propane gas lines are designed to withstand the elements, they can face kinks, corrosion, deterioration and sundry damage. Small animals can gnaw on exposed lines, leading to leaks that present safety risks and impair your equipment’s performance.

Some of the warning signs that your gas lines may need work include the following:

Importantly, if you smell propane in your home or anywhere else, you need to respond quickly. Vacate the affected area, extinguish any sources of ignition (like candles or cigarettes) and don’t touch light switches, thermostats or cell phones, which can produce a spark. Close your propane tank’s supply valve if it’s safe to do so.

Once you’re away from the area where you smelled propane, contact emergency services and the Blue Flame team. We’ll assess the situation and get everything working effectively and safely.

Can you inspect your own gas lines?

While it’s good to keep an eye out for the warning signs of gas line issues mentioned above, it’s important to have a trained professional inspect your propane system each year to ensure its safe operations. Arranging these propane safety checks can head off gas line problems before they occur.

Contact Blue Flame for your propane safety inspection.

If you haven’t had your propane tank and gas lines inspected in a while or suspect you need some work done on them, please reach out to the Blue Flame team. Our trained, experienced employees will inspect your system and make any necessary fixes to keep your propane appliances running efficiently and safely. If your gas lines need to be replaced, repaired or modified in any way, our team members can handle it for you.

Get your gas line work out of the way this spring. Request service from Blue Flame today.

Ensure your furnace or boiler is running safely.

home heating Mercer County, NJ Your home heating equipment is unlike any other appliance or system you own. For one thing, it’s often the priciest piece of equipment you buy for your house. Additionally, you depend on it to safeguard your family’s comfort in the most frigid months in Mercer County and throughout Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

While propane home heating equipment has a stellar safety rating because of high industry standards and strong federal, state and local oversight, it’s still important to arrange regular safety inspections for your propane furnace or boiler. At Blue Flame, we have trained, experienced technicians who can inspect your propane equipment to ensure your household stays safe and comfortable.

What is a propane safety check?

A propane safety check is an opportunity for a trained technician to look at all the key components of your heating system and ensure they are functioning properly. These checks include inspecting your heat exchanger, burners and ignitor to make sure your propane is burning completely and that combustion byproducts are venting effectively from your home. They also involve checking safety mechanisms and how your heating equipment communicates with your thermostat.

When you arrange a regular propane system safety check, you can be confident that your furnace or boiler is operating well.

When should you arrange a propane system safety inspection?

As a general rule, you should have a professional technician inspect your home’s heating equipment for safety once a year.

We recommend you arrange your annual home heating service in the spring when you don’t need your boiler or furnace to keep you warm. This will guarantee that your equipment will be in safe working condition when you switch it back on next winter.

How can you tell if your propane equipment is struggling?

There are some ways you can tell if your propane boiler or furnace is struggling and may pose a safety concern. These include:

  1. Clanging, rattling or other mechanical sounds.
  2. Odd smells from your equipment.
  3. Leaking water, in the case of boilers.
  4. Higher than normal propane usage.
  5. Orange or yellow flames form your burners — propane flames should always be blue.
  6. The pilot light continually going out.

For reference, propane is scented to smell like skunk spray, rotten eggs or spoiled meat. This makes it easier to recognize a propane leak, but we also recommend you install UL-listed gas detectors near all propane appliances.

If you suspect a propane gas leak in or around your home, leave the area immediately and contact both emergency services and Blue Flame.

Blue Flame — Serving Homes in NJ and PA.

Whether you need dependable propane delivery or a safety inspection for your gas-fired equipment, you can’t do better than the Blue Flame team. Our employees are experienced and professional and can check your heating equipment for safety. We provide regulator testing and replacement; valve, gauge and propane connection replacements; and propane piping modification. You can be fully confident that Blue Flame will keep your home’s gas-fired equipment running reliably, efficiently and safely. Our top priority is your well-being.

Get in touch with Blue Flame to arrange an appointment for a home heating inspection.

Responding to propane cylinder pressure and leak issues.

grill tank Camden County, NJ Imagine that first big barbecue you’re going to host this spring or summer. You probably expect to hear a lot of laughter and chatter — no doubt there will be tunes playing and bottles and glasses clinking. Also, there will be a sizzle of burgers, chicken wings, hot wings and other tasty foods hitting the hot grill.

But what if you suddenly notice a hissing sound coming from your propane grill tank? Is it a cause for concern? How should you respond?

Blue Flame’s team knows propane cylinders inside and out. We can help you determine why your cylinder is hissing and help you understand what to do.

Why Grill Tanks Hiss

The most common reason that you’d hear a hissing from your grill tank is the safety relief valve. This valve is located on the top of the cylinder, opposite the tank connection. It is also called a pop-off valve, pressure-venting valve, or relief valve.

The purpose of this valve is to protect your portable tank from rupturing when excess pressure builds up.

The valve is closed with a spring, but if pressure builds up too much inside the cylinder, the spring is compressed, and the safety valve opens. You will generally hear a pop when a relief valve opens. That pop will be followed by hissing as pressure is released.

Responding to a Hissing Propane Cylinder

First and foremost, you must turn off your grill if the tank starts hissing. There is a potential that propane gas is escaping, and you don’t want an open flame nearby.

If your safety valve has opened, do not attempt to close it. The valve will close on its own when the cylinder’s internal pressure returns to a normal level. Because a standard cause of excessive tank pressure is high outdoor temperatures, you can help speed the process by cooling your cylinder with a hose.

If your tank’s safety valve hasn’t opened, you may have a leak. Close the tank’s service valve and get people away from the affected area.

Testing Propane Cylinders for Leaks

You can do a simple at-home test to determine if your grill tank (or another grill component) leaks. Follow these steps:

  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray this mixture onto your grill tank valve, your grill’s hose and regulator.
  3. Open the cylinder’s service valve and look for bubbles. Bubbles mean the gas could be escaping.
  4. If you see bubbles, close the cylinder service valve and tighten all connections.
  5. Reopen the valve. If there are still bubbles, you likely have a leak. Contact your propane supplier about replacing the cylinder or parts of the grill.

Blue Flame can fuel your cookouts all season!

When grillers in Camden County or elsewhere in Blue Flame’s service area need propane, they always look for our Lil’ Hank’s tank exchanges. Located in community businesses throughout Southern New Jersey, Maryland and Eastern Pennsylvania, these rigorously maintained cylinders are the easiest way to fuel your barbecue.

Contact Blue Flame today to find the Lil’ Hank’s location near you.

Best practices around propane cylinder handling for forklift fleets.

forklift propane Ocean County, NJ When we talk to warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and retail managers in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania about their forklift propane needs, they often ask us about how much value they can get from propane versus electric vehicles.

These facilities can save a lot of money by going with propane forklifts for several reasons. They won’t need to invest in pricy infrastructure like charging stations and additional batteries. Propane is also an efficient, clean-burning fuel that’s almost entirely produced in the U.S. The commercial propane team at Blue Flame is at your service to make sure you’re getting the best value from your forklift fleet.

How Long Forklift Propane Lasts

A full 33-pound forklift propane tank will typically power a forklift for about eight hours. So, you can expect to power one shift per cylinder.

A full battery for an electric forklift might give you approximately the same amount of runtime as a 33-pound cylinder for propane. Still, you won’t get the same performance throughout those eight hours. There is a “fade” with electric forklifts. As the battery dies down, it loses lifting and moving power. Often, these vehicles struggle to carry loads up inclines. Not so with a propane forklift. Regardless of how much fuel is in the cylinder, you’ll get full power.

Changing Out Propane Cylinders

Another significant benefit of propane forklifts over electric models is the refueling process. An electric forklift might sit idle for hours while you wait for recharging to be complete. Changing out a propane cylinder, on the other hand, can be completed in a matter of minutes. There’s virtually no downtime.

Want to optimize your forklift fleet’s efficiency? Talk to your workforce about their typical routes within your facility, then situate your cylinder cages where they normally start and end their routes and shifts. This will minimize out-of-the-way trips to refuel and save you money throughout the year.

Proper Upkeep for Forklift Propane Cylinders

Portable propane cylinders, like the tank used for forklifts, are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Typically, these cylinders should be inspected and requalified 12 years from their manufacture date, then every five years subsequently.

Happily, for Blue Flame forklift customers, our team maintains an inventory of inspected and qualified tanks. You can feel confident that the forklift cylinders you receive from us are safe and up to date. If one of your cylinders becomes damaged, you can reach out to us. We’ll retrieve it and provide you with a fresh one.

Why Choose Blue Flame for Your Forklift Propane?

Businesses in Ocean County and across our service region love the ease, value and peace of mind that come with doing business with Blue Flame. We’ll set up cages at your site and provide safety training for your employees. Our forklift propane contracts are flexible, too. We’ll arrange a delivery schedule that matches your needs and set a contract term that works for you.

Let Blue Flame take the stress out of fueling your forklift fleet. Reach out to us today for a no-obligation consultation.

Tank monitoring safeguards your heating, hot water and other propane appliances.

propane tank Atlantic County, NJ No one likes to turn up their thermostat on a chilly evening and be met with silent vents or cold radiators. Similarly, your life can grind to a halt because you’re suddenly not getting hot water or a flame on your propane range.

The cause of all these woes could be an empty propane tank. If you run out of fuel in your home propane tank, you’ll need to request a last-minute propane delivery, which comes with additional costs and hassles. For example, Blue Flame (like all other propane companies) needs to perform a leak test before we can refill your propane tank and re-light your pilots.

Luckily, Atlantic County homeowners and other customers in our South Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania service area can take advantage of several safeguards to prevent propane run-outs. One popular item is our wireless propane tank monitor.

How do propane tank monitors work?

These cutting-edge devices attach directly to your home’s propane tank. The monitor uses wireless and cellular technologies to transmit up-to-the-minute tank readings, advising you how much fuel you have. Blue Flame can monitor these readings and know precisely when to schedule your Automatic Delivery.

You can track the monitor yourself using a free smartphone app. This ends the days of needing to run outside in the snow or rain to check your tank gauge. As long as you have your mobile device with you, you have access to your tank data. That’s true whether you’re in bed at home or a resort thousands of miles away.

Does it take a long time to install a propane tank monitor?

Propane tank monitor installation is a quick, simple process. Our technicians can typically put your monitor in place in about 15 minutes. Once the monitor is activated, you’ll have real-time information about your propane tank for as long as you’re enrolled in our monitoring program.

Who should consider a propane tank monitor?

At Blue Flame, we provide propane delivery service to countless households, and each has unique needs and usage patterns. We offer Automatic Delivery to all customers, where we use your fuel delivery history and current weather patterns to estimate when you’ll need more propane.

However, there are customers whose usage patterns are harder to model and see a considerable benefit from tank monitoring. These include:

Other people who benefit from wireless propane tank monitoring are those who manage fuel deliveries for second homes, older relatives, rental properties or spaces where they host Airbnb and VRBO guests.

That said, just about any propane user — especially those households that use propane for heating and hot water — will benefit from tank monitoring. The Blue Flame team is happy to speak with you about tank monitors, Automatic Delivery and other ways to end propane run-outs.

Contact us today to inquire about propane tank monitoring.

How frigid winter weather affects propane tanks.

propane Cape May County, NJ We probably don’t need to tell you that sustained freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your home systems, appliances and other equipment. When the mercury bottoms out in Cape May County and other parts of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, cars have trouble starting, furnaces and boilers break down from overwork, and exposed pipes can freeze over.

Homes and businesses in this region sometimes have issues with heating oil, diesel and gasoline thickening in icy conditions. But what about the liquid propane in your outdoor tank? Can it freeze in the winter?

The Freezing Point of Propane

Propane can freeze — at about -306°F.

For reference, the coldest temperature ever recorded in New Jersey was -34°F in Bergen County on January 5, 1904. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was the same day, and that was -42°F. In fact, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was −128.6 °F in Antarctica in 1983.

None of those temperatures are remotely close to the freezing point of propane. The iciest temperatures ever reached in our service region are even warmer than propane’s boiling point.

All this is to say is that you do not need to worry about propane freezing in your propane tank.

How Cold Weather Affects Propane

Even though freezing propane isn’t a realistic concern for Blue Flame customers, some real performance issues can arise for propane systems in cold weather.
A primary concern for propane-powered households is tank pressure. Just like with any liquid, propane’s volume changes with outdoor temperatures. It expands when temperatures go up and contracts in the cold.

When we face days of sustained freezing temperatures, the volume of liquid propane in your tank can shrink considerably. The result is a loss of pressure, which, in extreme circumstances, can prevent propane from reaching your gas burner.

Luckily, there are some simple ways to prevent low-pressure issues in your propane tank:

  1. Never let your home’s propane tank levels drop below 30%. The best way to do this is to sign up for Blue Flame’s no-fee automatic delivery schedule. We’ll monitor your tank levels for you and schedule a propane delivery before you run low. You won’t need to worry about run-outs or low tank pressure.
  2. Remove snow from your propane tank as quickly as possible. This will let the sunshine reach the tank and keep it warmer.
  3. Use your thermostat to slow propane usage. Lowering the heat when you’re asleep or away from home can reduce the chances of your tank levels dropping below 30%. It will also lower your winter energy costs. That’s called a win-win situation!

Blue Flame is here for your winter propane needs!

There’s a reason that so many New Jersey and Pennsylvania families count on the Blue Flame team: we never leave you hanging. With a stable supply of premium propane and the most dedicated fuel delivery team in the region, we are always ready to answer your call when the weather is icy and you need propane.

Reach out to us to join the family of Blue Flame customers.

Full-service propane cylinder contracts for your forklift fleet.

forklift propane trenton, nj Propane has a range of commercial uses, and for many businesses in the manufacturing, construction, transportation, retail and distribution sectors, it’s an essential forklift fuel. For many decades, the Blue Flame team has supported commercial customers in Trenton and throughout our service area in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our propane cylinder program keeps their forklifts running without interruption.

Whether you’re just starting up operations or you have a large, seasoned propane forklift fleet, we can help ensure you get the propane you need.

Why choose propane forklifts?

Propane forklifts offer several benefits that make them preferable to vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel or electricity.

Why arrange on-site forklift propane service?

To get the most out of your propane forklifts, you need a dependable supply of fuel. You could end up losing valuable work hours if you need to run out to a propane supplier to refill a lot of empty cylinders. The better option is to arrange an inventory of propane cylinders that a reliable company can replenish for you.

At Blue Flame, we offer flexible forklift propane contracts. We will install secure cages at your site and provide safety training to your workforce. Then, we’ll arrange a customized propane delivery schedule to match your operational needs. Our goal is to take all the stress out of keeping your equipment fueled. You’ll never need to worry about a work stoppage due to empty forklift cylinders.

Get a propane services team that runs as smoothly as your forklifts. Reach out to Blue Flame today.

You can count on a Blue Flame propane tank for the long haul.

propane tanks Toms River, NJ Propane is one of the most dependable and versatile energy sources a household can use in Toms River or elsewhere in South Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania. The propane tank on your property can power a furnace, boiler, water heater, gas range, fireplace insert, clothes dryer, standby generator and many outdoor amenities. That’s a lot of home comfort powered by one fuel.

Blue Flame customers sometimes ask us how long they can expect their stationary propane tank to last, and we’re more than happy to give them the info they need.

Lifespan of a Home Propane Tank

Propane tanks are built to last for decades. The average, well-made and properly-maintained galvanized aboveground propane tank can easily last 30 years. Some aluminum and composite cylinders last even longer.

That said, different circumstances can shorten your propane tank’s lifespan. If your tank endures many extreme weather events or isn’t properly cared for, it could need to be replaced much sooner. Similarly, an underground propane tank might have a lifespan in the 20-to-30-year range, depending on the soil type and whether your tank installer took precautions to mitigate specific subterranean issues like electrical currents.

Shelf Life of Propane Gas

Believe it or not, the fuel contained in your propane tank has an even longer lifespan. Propane’s shelf life is essentially unlimited. Unlike gasoline, diesel or heating oil, it will not deteriorate, lose combustibility or foster microorganisms — even if it sits in the tank for decades without being used.

This is especially good for propane-powered generators. They may sit for months or even years without being needed. You can still be confident that the propane in the tank supplying your generator will be ready to go if there’s a grid outage.

Owning vs. Leasing a Propane Tank

As we’ve established, proper upkeep and maintenance are crucial to enjoying the full lifespan of a home propane tank. A propane tank can be a significant investment. If you want to buy one, it will run you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

That’s why so many Blue Flame customers prefer a tank lease. For a small fee, we rent a tank to them from our ample inventory. Our experienced technicians will select the perfect tank size for their needs, then install it, safety-test it and connect it. We also handle upkeep for the life of the tank lease and replace it when necessary!

Trust Blue Flame for Your Propane Tank Needs.

At Blue Flame, we stock a range of in-demand propane tank sizes, including:

All Blue Flame employees undergo the rigorous Certified Employee Training Program (CETP), the propane industry gold standard for safety instruction. We are here to ensure your tank goes in correctly and serves your home for decades.

Get in touch with the Blue Flame team today to begin receiving top-notch propane delivery service.

Propane cylinder recycling in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

propane tank recycling Atlantic City, NJ Hopefully, your home’s propane grill worked without incident or interruption throughout the summer. Now that the cold weather has arrived, and the burgers, sausages and salmon filets are no longer sizzling, you might have put your barbecue under a cover for the winter.

How did your grill’s propane tank hold up? Are you concerned that it might be time to retire it? The Blue Flame team is happy to tell you if you need to dispose of a propane cylinder and the best way to do it in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

What are the guidelines for certifying portable propane tanks?

Portable propane tanks, including your grill’s 20-pound cylinder, are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which sets guidelines for inspection and requalification. Per typical DOT guidance, a propane cylinder should be inspected and requalified by an authorized DOT facility 12 years after its manufacture date and every five years after that.

How can you tell if your propane tank should be retired?

We strongly advise you to cease the use of any propane cylinder that is expired, dented or has excessive rust.

Additionally, you should never use a propane cylinder you know to be leaking. You can test whether a grill tank has a leak by mixing a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap and spraying it onto your grill tank valve, grill hose and regulator. If you see bubbling after you open the cylinder valve, there could be a leak. Close the valve and tighten all your connections, then reopen the valve and check again.

How can you dispose of an old or damaged propane cylinder?

If your propane grill tank still has fuel in it but is not safe to use, please reach out to us. We’re more than happy to dispose of the container and fuel safely. Do you have one of our Lil’ Hank’s cylinders, and it’s empty? Just bring it to an exchange and get a full replacement.

Here are guidelines for New Jersey and Pennsylvania for disposing of old propane tanks:

Pennsylvania: The PA Department of Environmental Protection advises that you check if your local hazardous waste collection program will accept the tank. If not, search your local phone directory for “gas-propane” or a similar heading and find a private company that will take it.

New Jersey: If you cannot reach your local propane provider or the company that sold you the tank, check your county’s guidelines for disposing of the tank at a landfill or drop-off location. You cannot typically leave these cylinders outside for collection.

Blue Flame has you covered with Lil’ Hank’s cylinders!

Blue Flame is always here to provide you with propane safety guidance and assist in any way we can with your propane cylinder needs. Our Lil’ Hank’s BBQ tanks are among the most popular grill cylinders in Atlantic City and throughout our service region.

Need help with an old or damaged propane tank? Connect with our team today. We’re ready to help!