Get Familiar With the Many Different Sizes, Styles, and Applications of Propane Tanks!
If you’re in the market for a new propane tank for your home in southern New Jersey or eastern Pennsylvania, you may be wondering about what size you should ultimately get.
But don’t worry! Blue Flame is here to help. Our propane experts will thoroughly discuss with you your prior—and expected—propane usage to determine the right size propane tank. We’ll also provide safe and expert installation and provide hassle-free propane tank leasing, too!
In addition to our leased tanks, Blue Flame also sells 20-, 30-, 40- and 100-pound portable propane cylinders. You can use these sizes for grills, deck and patio heaters, firepits, outdoor fireplaces, portable generators, insect traps, camp stoves, tent heaters, and powering appliances in your RV—just to name a few!
Propane Tank Sizes and Their Common Uses
120- and 150-gallon tanks. These are not typically used for whole-house heating, but rather to power your propane cooking range, dry clothes, and power a propane fireplace.
250-gallon tanks. If you need propane for three propane appliances or more, you’re going to need a tank that is at least this size. These tanks may be utilized in home heating, but only for small square footages.
500-gallon tanks. Heating your home with propane is environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and cost-effective. These tanks are often used in whole-house heating systems. For example, a 500-gallon tank is usually enough for an entire house’s heating needs, as well as cooking and washing appliances.
1,000-gallon tanks. These tanks are most used for commercial purposes. They provide a source of fuel for all sorts of operations from heating to fueling commercial kitchens. If you own a very large home and use propane for heating, cooking, water heating, and other high-BTU appliances like a pool or spa heater, you may be able to utilize this size tank.
Should I Lease or Buy My Tank?
When purchasing a propane tank, there are many associated costs. These include the cost for buying and installing the tank, as well as any future maintenance or repair charges that might arise. These costs can quickly add up to thousands of dollars over the lifespan of the unit if you choose to buy your tank outright.
However, Blue Flame offers easy, affordable propane tank leasing. You can be sure that our tanks are well-made, safe, and durable. When you choose to lease your tank, we’ll handle all maintenance and any needed repairs, so you’re off the hook for those costs!
Have questions about our propane tank installation and leasing? Get in touch with us and we’ll gladly answer them!
Blue Flame— If you live anywhere in New Jersey from Cape May to East Brunswick—including Vineland, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Toms River, Long Branch, Brown Mills and Lakewood—you’ve seen our trucks on the roads. But we deliver more than just propane. We deliver value, dependability, and a commitment to excellence!
Propane—It’s Shaping Our Energy Future!
As the widespread power grid issues in Texas recently as well as last winter have shown, energy security is vital to the safety of this country and its citizens.
Propane has shown that it is an outstanding alternative energy source. It is a major player in how Americans use energy now—and well into the future. The propane industry is prepared, and continues to prepare, to meet that challenge.
Meeting America’s Energy Needs
Demand for propane for residential use has been growing dramatically year-over-year. With the current real estate and home construction booms, this will continue to be the case. Building homes with propane gas furnaces has been an increasingly popular trend in the residential construction industry. Potential homebuyers are also choosing the energy efficiency and amenities that propane gas provides versus electric counterparts. Even existing homeowners are converting their home heating systems from oil or electric to propane.
By 2025, U.S. demand for propane will reach more than 10 billion gallons a year.
The propane industry can meet that demand while providing a secure, domestic energy supply that is not dependent on imports or utilities’ aging, failing infrastructure.
The Drive for Sustainability
The propane industry is focused not only on meeting the growing demand for propane but it is also doing so while continuing to make propane an even cleaner and greener fuel—putting it to direct use in the fight against climate change.
One area that propane can help when it comes to climate change is in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation, which is the country’s current largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Interest in propane autogas has shown dramatic growth over the last five years, and that growth is expected to continue.
Since the introduction of autogas to school buses, there has been a 960% increase in the number of school buses using this fuel.
This growth in demand for autogas is expected to continue and move into other uses. One area primed for growth is in the package and parcel delivery sector, as demand for home delivery services exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the restrictions have eased, many people are continuing to use delivery services for everything from groceries to clothing because of the ease and convenience.
Renewable energy is changing a lot for the future of energy, and the planet. It allows us to become less dependent on extracting fuel from the earth, such as drilling for oil or fracking for natural gas.
Renewable propane makes propane’s environmental friendliness even better.
Renewable propane is a byproduct of the renewable diesel process. Developers of renewable propane in both Europe and the U.S have been perfecting methods for producing it from biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides.
Compared to oil or electricity, propane is a clear winner on the issue of greenhouse gases. Homes that use propane instead of electricity can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 30% and their greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. Renewable propane aids in satisfying the increased demand while reducing its environmental impact even more.
Are They Worth the Money for Your Residential Home?
If your water heater is close to ten years old, start planning now for a replacement before it is too late! Most traditional tanked water heaters have a shelf life of about a decade before the wear and tear begin to cause greater issues—and potentially costly repairs alongside. By preparing for the inevitable up-front, you’ll ensure you are ready and can make the decision when those signs begin to show themselves or a complete replacement is, in fact, needed.
When it comes to water heaters, a propane tankless water heater is worth the initial investment. A traditional storage water heater may be more affordable in the short-term, but it will not provide you with as many benefits. There are eight reasons this type of high-efficiency, tankless system is worth your consideration, which we’ll explore right now:
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Endless, On-Demand Hot Water. When you need hot water, it’s always available. Rather than heat and store your hot water as traditional models do, it will instantly heat the water needed no matter when or where you need it. You’ll have enough to not only shower but also do a load of warm- or hot-water laundry!
Energy and Money Savings. Tankless water heaters will only heat the amount of water you need, while conventional tankless water heater systems reheat the same water repeatedly when nobody is using it. You could save up to 40% on your water heating energy costs annually!
More Placement Options. Tankless water heaters provide huge benefits to homes with limited space. They are usually mounted to the wall and take up much less space than conventional water heaters.
Longer Life Expectancy. Tankless water heaters last, on average, nearly 20 years. In comparison, conventional water heaters have a lifespan of just 8 to 12 years.
No Tank. When a water heater tank fails, it can create a lot of damage in your home. Ditch the tank entirely and save yourself from the potential headaches it can cause!
Improved Home Value. A tankless water heater can help you score higher on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and LEED ratings. This will likely increase your home’s value and attractiveness if you plan to sell it.
Better for Homes with High-Volume Hot Water Use. When you have a high demand for hot water—such as a home with a large family or multiple units—a tankless water heater eliminating the wait time is fantastic. You may also install multiple tanks in your home for even better delivery of hot water where it’s needed most.
Environmentally Friendly. One way you can reduce your environmental footprint is by reducing your energy consumption. Tankless water heaters use less energy than other types, so they’re great for this purpose.
Enjoy the benefits of propane tankless water heaters and other propane appliances in your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home with reliable propane delivery from Blue Flame! Become a customer today and let us show you the difference we can make.
Find Out How Much Fuel You’re Using During the off-Season!
With all that’s going on this summer—what with long-delayed vacations, celebrations, and simple get-togethers put off from the events of the last year—we want to make sure we have our household spending well-organized.
One way you might do that is by trying to figure out how exactly much propane is being used in your home this summer season to better control costs.
Blue Flame makes managing your propane supply easy with our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring. However, knowing exactly how much propane you’ll use this summer is challenging because there are many variables at-play. These include the weather, travel plans, and how you utilize propane in your home to begin with.
We have a way you can get a good idea of how much propane you’re using in the summer. Read below to learn more!
How To Approximate Your Propane Usage
Firstly, it should be realized that you are probably not running all your propane appliances at 100% capacity, 24 hours a day. So, we’ve created the examples below to estimate propane usage for running them at 25% and 50% capacity for 2 to 6 hours per day.
The estimate for potential propane use can vary a great deal, between 1.2 and 7.2 gallons a day—even in the middle of summer! It’s a surprise to many of our customers because many correlate their fuel usage solely to the colder months of the year when they’re heating their homes.
However, as temps climb into the 70’s and 80’s, you may have guests stay over for a few days, those extra loads of laundry and hot showers can have a larger impact on your propane usage—and bill—than you may initially realize. Here’s an example:
- Example 1: For a gas water heater, clothes dryer, and range run at 25% capacity for 2 hours a day:
220,000 BTU/hours (the total for all the appliances) ÷ 91,547 BTU/gallon of propane = 2.4 gallons per hour
2.4 gallons x .25 (25% capacity) = .6 gallons per hour
.6 gallons x 2 hours = 1.2 gallons
This number can then be used to calculate greater use of propane appliances:
Example 2: If you have a propane pool heater (at 425,000 BTU/hour) that operates for one hour a day at 75% capacity, which adds about 3.5 gallons to your daily usage:
- 25% capacity for 6 hours = 3.6 gallons per day
- 50% capacity for 2 hours = 2.4 gallons per day
- 50% capacity for 6 hours 7.2 gallons per day
425,000 BTU/hour ÷ 91,547 = 4.64 gallons/hour
4.65 x .75 = 3.48 gallons
Pool heaters use a lot of propane. You can reduce your propane usage by using a swimming pool cover when the pool is not being used. This will help to retain much of the pool’s heat, so the heater does not have to run as frequently.
A propane generator can also make calculations challenging since you don’t know when or if you’ll be using it in a power outage—or for how long. Keep track of any time your propane whole house generator is in use so you can account for it when managing your propane delivery bills.
It’s also incredibly important to make sure you know the size of your propane tank when doing your estimates. That helps you have a close approximation of just how propane much you have left so you aren’t faced with a run-out emergency!
You simply can’t beat Blue Flame for dependable propane delivery across Central and South New Jersey—as well as Eastern Pennsylvania. Become a customer today and experience the Blue Flame difference!
Make managing your propane costs super easy!
Life is getting busy once again. As you’ve likely noticed, more and more things are opening back to what was once “normal” here in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania—and we’re super glad to see it! Summer has also fully arrived, and we have fun-filled days at the Shore, pool parties, cookouts and more to look forward to as well.
Amidst all of that, it’s easy to have a few things slip your mind. We don’t want your propane bills to be one of those! Blue Flame takes the time and hassle of managing your propane costs off your plate with our SmartPay budget plan, as well as our AutoPay automatic payments!
Let’s get you familiar with both convenient options:
What Are The Benefits Of SmartPay?
Look over your propane statements from the last year or so. You’ll likely see right away that your propane costs go up and down over the course of a year. You pay more in some months than you do in others.
This is especially true if you use propane for home heating. Your propane bills are almost always going to be much higher in the wintertime. And suffice it to say that’s the last time you need larger bills, what with the expenses of the holidays and tax season approaching.
You’ll get off that payment rollercoaster with SmartPay! We’ll look at your past propane usage data and predict what your future propane usage will be in the forthcoming year. With that information, we’ll spread your propane costs out over even, affordable monthly payments!
Thanks to SmartPay, it’s easier for you to plan your monthly household spending because you know exactly what you’ll be paying for your propane each month. No big swings. No surprises!
Make It Even Easier With AutoPay!
SmartPay isn’t the only way Blue Flame makes managing your propane costs easier.
With AutoPay, your payments are automatically deducted each month. You don’t even have to get out your checkbook!
You have three ways to pay through AutoPay
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Direct payment from checking account
Whichever way you choose, you get peace of mind that your Blue Flame payment is on-time, every time. No more worries that slow mail service will make your payment late, or if you forget to pay your bill online.
If you use a credit card that has a points-based rewards program, using it to pay your Blue Flame bill allows you to accumulate points faster. That means you’ll get your rewards—whether it’s travel, shopping, or cash back—even faster!
Contact us today to enroll in our SmartPay or AutoPay options. Or both!
Choose Blue Flame—If you live anywhere from Cape May to East Brunswick, including Vineland, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Toms River, Long Branch, or all along the eastern border of Pennsylvania, you’ve seen our trucks on the roads. Why not see what a difference we can make in your propane home or business?
Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange Keeps The Grilling Going!
Memorial Day weekend was just the beginning of the grilling fun this summer! With June being National Grilling Month, we have a whole month dedicated to all the delicious grilled things we make.
If you’re looking for some new ideas for grilling, we have some great recipes to share with you.
AND—Blue Flame is here to make sure you have plenty of propane for all the grilling you’re going to do this month and all summer long, too! Our Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange has locations at gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, and other retail establishments throughout our service area of Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
How does Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange work?
It’s fast and easy! Just bring your empty cylinder to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange location and leave it outside while you go in and ask the clerk to do an exchange. The clerk rings you up, then opens the tank cage to give you a clean, safe, full propane cylinder.
Grilling Safety Tips To Remember
Don’t kick off summer with an accident. Be smart when grilling. Here are some important things to know and do before your next cookout:
- Did you know that one in five grill fires is caused by leftover grease? Clean your grill—the whole grill, not just the grates—regularly so grease does not build up.
- NEVER ignite your grill with the lid closed. Keep the grill lid open until you are sure the grill is fully lit.
- Use the grill at least five feet from the house, outdoor furniture, trees, bushes, and anything else.
- NEVER use your propane BBQ grill indoors or in an enclosed or covered area like a garage or carport. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a potentially lethal odorless and colorless gas, can build up.
- Place the grill on a flat, level surface to prevent tipping.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- NEVER leave a lit grill unattended. Make sure you have everything you need on hand like mitts and utensils before starting the grill. Either bring the food out before you start the grill or have someone else bring it out when you’re ready to begin grilling.
- Don’t use your grill if the igniter is broken. Look into buying a grill with an automatic igniter.
Retailers—are you looking for way to bring in customers and increase revenue? Get in touch with us to learn how adding Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange to your business can do both!
Forget Any Grill Tank Worries With Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange!
With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to put your propane BBQ grill to good use… if you haven’t already started doing so!
The first thing to do is to make sure you have enough propane in your cylinder. You also need to make sure it is certified if you intend to have it refilled.
Did you know? Propane cylinders are only certified for their first 12 years after manufacture. After that, they need to be recertified by a certified propane dealer who will make sure they meet today’s standards and are safe to fill and continue to be used.
Here’s how to check if your propane cylinder needs to be recertified:
Look at the collar of your propane cylinder. There will be stamped markings on it. Some are for your tank’s origination and capacity rating. Near the valve, there will be a date stamped there. That is the month it was manufactured. For example, if it reads “7-13,” it means your cylinder was manufactured in July of 2013.
Want to avoid the hassle of recertification altogether? You can! It’s easy by using Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange from Blue Flame!
All you need to do is go to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange. They’re located at convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, home and garden stores, and other retail sites all over our service area of southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. We’ve even added locations in Northern Maryland! Contact us today and we’ll point you to the location nearest you.
Let the clerk know that you want to exchange your cylinder (or buy a new one) and they’ll take care of it. You get a full, clean, safe, and certified propane cylinder with no worries about having to recertify it.
Propane Cylinder Safety
With high safety standards from both government and the propane industry, propane has a strong safety record. However, you do need to know how to safely transport, store, and use propane cylinders.
Here are some safety tips:
- Don’t leave your propane cylinder (empty or full) in your car for long periods, especially in hot weather.
- If possible, come straight to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange and go straight home. If that isn’t possible, plan your outing so this is the last stop you make before going home.
- Always keep your cylinder upright when you are transporting it, whether it’s empty or full. Propane can leak when the cylinder is on its side.
- Store your propane cylinder outdoors, out of direct sunlight and avoid areas such as a garage, shed, carport, or covered porch as well.
- Keep your propane cylinder off bare ground, as wet ground can cause the cylinder to rust.
- Never smoke while handling or near a propane cylinder.
Come to your nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange today and get a propane cylinder that is full, certified, and safe. Blue Flame is here to make your Memorial Day—or any grilling day—one you can enjoy!
The Easiest Way To Keep Track Of Your Propane Levels.
Fact: Not everyone uses propane in the same way.
If you have “irregular” propane usage—such as if you travel frequently or live away from your home for weeks or months at a time, or if you have a second home, as many folks do in our service area—it can make tracking your propane usage increasingly challenging. And while Blue Flame’s automatic propane delivery service is extremely accurate, situations like these can prove to be tricky.
Whether this is your primary residence, or if your second home is a summer vacation home, short-term rental, or year-round income property, wireless propane tank monitoring from Blue Flame helps keep that home safe, warm, and comfortable at all times.
Why Should I Worry About Running Out Of Propane?
If you run out of propane, the solution isn’t to simply have Blue Flame come over and fill your tank and then everything is peachy-keen.
If you run out of propane in cold weather, that means your home doesn’t have heat. You’ll be cold and you could be risking frozen or burst pipes. And any time of year, you’ll be taking cold showers.
Emergency deliveries also come with an additional fee.
Plus, it is required that your propane tank have a pressure test to check for any leaks that may have formed while you were out of propane. You’re on the hook for that, too. On top of that, you’ll need to pay for a professional to re-light the pilots in all your propane appliances before they can be used.
As you can see, it’s far greater of an inconvenience than you’d first think.
How Does Wireless Propane Tank Monitoring Work?
The wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and you don’t have to be home when we do it! It simply attaches right on your tank outdoors! Once it’s installed, managing your propane usage is easy as pie.
There’s no more going outside in bad weather to check your tank gauge levels or getting someone to do it if you are not there. You don’t have to call us to request a delivery. And worrying about running low on, or running out of, propane is a thing of the past. That’s because the wireless tank monitor lets Blue Flame know in real-time exactly how much propane you have 24/7. We are notified when your tank gauge levels reach a set percentage, and you need your propane tank filled.
Thanks to our smartphone app, you’ll also know exactly how much propane you have, any time of day or night. You’ll also be notified, as we are, when it’s time to get your propane tank filled. Simply log on to the app and know the exact percentage you have inside.
Interested in utilizing wireless tank monitoring for your home? Contact us to get started!
Memorial Day Is Around The Corner—Be Ready With A Fresh, Full Tank!
It’s finally feeling like spring here in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. And before long, Memorial Day Weekend will be here too!
As more of us feel comfortable getting together with family and friends, that means there will be some long-awaited cookouts over the holiday weekend. If you’re using a propane grill, you’ll enjoy the ease, convenience, and great results grilling with propane provides.
However, to enjoy those benefits, you need to have enough propane to grill those burgers, hot dogs, kebabs, whatever you’re making.
Fortunately, Blue Flame makes that easy with our Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange!
Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange is located at gas stations, convenience stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, home improvement stores, garden centers, and other retail establishments all over our service area.
Using Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange is easy. Just bring your empty propane cylinder to the nearest Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange. An employee will take your empty cylinder and give you a fresh, full, safe cylinder.
Uses Of Propane Cylinders
You’re familiar that propane cylinders are used with BBQ grills. But there are other ways they can be used too!
They make your backyard more comfortable by fueling propane deck and patio heaters, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and mosquito traps.
If you have an RV or go camping, propane cylinders can make your travel easier and more comfortable. In your RV, they can be used for heating, water heating, cooking, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Campers use propane cylinders for tent heating and camp stoves.
Propane cylinders are also used to fuel portable generators.
Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange will have you ready to grill during the season ahead. Give us a call today and we’ll help you find the location nearest you!
Use Blue Flame And Never Rely On Those National Guys, Again.
When you’re looking for propane service, you have two main options.
- The first option is going with one of the big, national, industrial suppliers.
- Your other option is supporting a locally owned, locally based propane company like Blue Flame.
When you go with those national propane companies, you’re just an account number in their database. If you need an emergency propane delivery, can you really trust a far-off call center to get it to you promptly?
With Blue Flame, you get reliable and courteous service from a local business that has been taking care of southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania for decades. You’re not an account number to us. You’re our neighbor, and we treat you like one.
The Marks Of Quality Service
Our propane delivery and services are designed to meet the needs of people around here, and include:
- Dependable propane delivery with the options of Automatic Delivery and available Wireless Propane Tank Monitoring.
- Expert and safe propane tank sales, installation, leasing, and service.
- Our Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange, located all over our service area, where you can get safe, full propane cylinders for your grill.
- Commercial services including custom forklift cylinder exchanges, bulk propane delivery, and propane tank installation for area businesses.
- Opportunities for local convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets, home improvement stores, and other retail establishments to bring in more customers by become a Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange site.
Our propane pricing is competitive and transparent—we haven’t raised our rates in nearly three years! The national companies often offer one flat price nationwide, so you could be paying more to offset for services in another part of the country! How fair is that? It’s not.
By using Blue Flame for your propane needs, you are supporting a local business with roots in your community—we’re your neighbors, and we’ll treat you as such. Your continued satisfaction is why we come to work every day!
Get local, responsive service that national companies simply can’t match. Become a Blue Flame customer today!