There are a lot of reasons to consider adding a wireless tank monitor to your propane tank. These little devices can help save you big money and avoid big trouble. Wireless tank monitors use wifi and cellular technology to monitor the level of propane in your tank in real time. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly, and we schedule a timely delivery. And that’s just one benefit of having a wireless propane tank monitor.
Here, four more smart reasons you should consider a tank monitor:
The bottom line? A tank monitor offers peace of mind because you never have to worry about the hassle and costs of running out of propane, even if you’re a will call customer. Installation is quick and easy—we can have you set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes!
Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free!
There’s so much to consider when building or buying a new home. Some things are subjective and personal, such as architectural style, but others are more practical. Choosing a kitchen range is one of those. Of course, appearance and features are part of the decision, but so is efficiency—and performance, and that’s where propane stands out.
That’s why all the media hype about gas stoves effecting indoor air quality can make a decision about what type of cooking equipment to install less fun and more fraught. While the stories have prompted talk of banning gas stoves altogether, much of the information getting so much hype has been misleading.
The fact is, not all gas is the same, and it’s important to know that while natural gas stoves can potentially emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, propane contains no methane. And, cooking of any kind creates particulate matter and affects indoor air quality, no matter what fuel is used.
Not only is your propane stove safe, it’s great at its job—and makes you a better chef. Peek into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant—or sit at a chef’s table with a view of the culinary action—and you’ll see a gas-fired range. But you don’t need to be a professional chef to appreciate the benefits of cooking with a propane stove. Here’s how they compare:
Whether for cooking or heating, or fueling a variety of equipment in your home, propane is very safe, thanks to strong government regulation and high industry standards. Not only is propane safe, when it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is one of the cleanest and most efficient fuels around. It produces minimal emissions. Another important factor when it comes to evaluating whether a fuel is “green”: Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater.
Ready to get cooking with propane? Talk to the team at PFM. Our pros can answer all your questions and help make adding a propane range and other appliances to your home easy. Contact us today for more information.
When the weather gets wild and the power lines go down, are you prepared? We get plenty of thunderstorms in summer, hurricanes along the coast, and even stretches of extreme cold that challenge the grid.
When it comes to protecting your family and home, a whole-house propane generator can help you get through almost any power outage. Also called stand-by generators, these units are connected to your home and your propane storage tank, so they go on within seconds of a power failure—even if you’re not home. Here are 14 great reasons why installing a whole-house generator is a power move.
A power outage lasting any longer than an hour or two can quickly shift from inconvenience to crisis—and an expensive one, too. A standby propane generator will keep your family and property safe, while saving you money and adding value to your home. The pros at PFM have the experience and training to connect the lines to your propane tank, so it powers up your home without damaging your home’s electronic equipment or appliances. And we can provide you with safe and reliable propane delivery, too.
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As the nights get longer, and chillier, we get more inquiries from customers looking for information about adding a propane fireplace. They’re a great option for supplemental heat that looks as good as it works.
One of the questions that people ask when they visit our showroom is how much propane a gas fireplace uses. And of course, the answer is that it depends on a lot of factors: if you use your fireplace every night, you’ll use more propane than if you just light it on weekends. If your home is well-insulated, you may not need to turn it up as high. For comparison, your water heater, which you use 365 days a year, uses about 250 gallons per year, and your cooking range uses about 40 gallons per year.
The real question is should be whether a propane fireplace is efficient to run.
And people love to learn that propane fireplaces run at about 80 percent efficiency—which makes them four or five times more efficient than a wood-burning fireplace.
A big reason a propane gas log set is more efficient than a wood fire is the chimney—or lack thereof. A wood fire needs a chimney to burn safely, but as much as 90 percent of the heat is sucked up the chimney along with smoke and combustion gasses. With direct vent or ventless propane options, all the heat stays in the room, instead of going up the chimney.
A propane insert using direct venting only needs a single dual-chambered pipe directly through a wall to the outdoors. The pipe simultaneously draws air for the fire from the outdoors, while it expels the fire’s combustion byproducts to the outside.
Ventless models have a regulator that produces a fine gas-air mix that allows the gas to burn cleanly. You don’t even need a chimney or a flue.
With a wood fire, you need to pay constant attention, adding logs and poking embers, or your fire will die down and your room will get cold. With today’s propane logs, a remote control and a thermostat lets you dial up the heat you want—which is great not only for controlling temperature, but for controlling your propane use. Those electric igniters are also more efficient than a standing pilot light.
Another feature you don’t get with a wood fireplace are multispeed blowers that push warm air into the room, providing better, more even heat—especially in larger spaces like great rooms.
Lastly, they let you spend time enjoying time with family and friends, not tending a fire—how efficient is that?
Imagine gathering with loved ones around a toasty fireplace over the upcoming holidays!
Stop by our showroom and let the team at PFM show you how easy and affordable installing a propane fireplace can be. Contact us for more information today.
From manufacturing, construction and warehousing, to agriculture, landscaping, hospitality and a broad range of other industries, commercial propane can help you provide value to your customers without hurting your bottom line. PFM has propane solutions for a wide range of commercial applications. Here are 20 great ways propane will benefit your business:
1. Propane is better for the environment, and that’s more and more important to your customers.
2. Compared to other heating fuels, including electricity, propane heats quickly and burns cleanly, and leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
3. Propane costs on average 2.5 times less per Btu than heating with electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy
4. Propane is nontoxic and can’t harm soil or groundwater.
5. Propane has a very narrow range of flammability.
6. Propane is efficient for heating, and provides consistent heat ideal for warming livestock barns, hatcheries and greenhouses.
7. Clean-burning propane can power much of your landscaping and agricultural equipment, from commercial mowers to irrigation engines.
8. Propane flame weeders deliver effective, organic weed control.
9. Propane is an ideal fuel for crop drying.
Propane fueled forklifts will keep your warehouse, construction, or industrial facilities running smoothly with less downtime. Here are just a few of the advantages:
10. Propane-fueled forklifts can be used outdoors in wet conditions, unlike electric-powered forklifts.
11. Propane-powered forklifts will operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. An electric forklift loses power as the battery drains.
12. Refueling is quick and easy with replaceable cylinders and our convenient cylinder exchange service. Recharging an electric forklift takes equipment out of service for hours, slowing down operations.
13. Propane-powered forklifts also handle heavy loads better and are more capable when it comes to inclines.
14. In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including welding equipment, asphalt heaters, concrete grinders, saws, polishers, trowels, and dust extractors, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps, floor buffers and more.
15. Propane puts less wear on equipment, keeping it out of the shop and keeping your operations running smoothly.
16. Professional chefs prefer gas for cooking.
17. Hotels, hospitals, nursing facilities all benefit from propane for cooking, water heating and space heating, as well as for industrial washers and clothes dryers, just to name a few.
18. Food trucks use propane to power mobile kitchens.
19. Resorts and country clubs use propane for everything from commercial kitchens groundskeeping equipment.
20. Restaurants and hotels use propane for cooking as well as outdoor space heaters and firepits.
As a business owner, you know how important it is to manage costs while maintaining the quality and service your customers expect. Find out why so many commercial customers in siler City, Chatham County and beyond make PFM their go-to resource for propane services.
We’re committed to providing the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential clients. We’re known for our customer service and a real understanding of your needs, and our commitment to providing our commercial clients with the most dependable propane service in the area. Not only that, we have fair, transparent pricing so there are no surprises for you.
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If you’re new to propane, you might be surprised to learn how many different sizes and types of propane tanks there are.
Whether you’re a new homeowner who has never run a home with propane, or you’re thinking of making the switch to propane, the team at PFM can help you understand all your options when it comes to choosing and installing a propane storage tank for your home or business.
There are basically two types of tanks, portable and large storage tanks. Both come in a wide range of sizes.
Portable tanks range in size from a couple pounds to as large as 100 pounds. Generally, portable tanks, also called cylinders, are used for grills, fire pits, bug zappers, patio heaters, and RVs. Some portable cylinders are used for industrial equipment such as forklifts. The smallest, two- to -five-pound cylinders, are used for portable camping grills and similar equipment.
Storage tanks range from 100-gallon to as much as 1000 gallons or more. These are used to store propane for homes and businesses that use propane for heating, cooking and powering a wide range of appliances—including standby generators. Large storage tanks can be aboveground or buried, and the construction of each type is slightly different.
You might be wondering why portable tanks are measured in pounds, while larger tanks are measured in gallons. The reason is that propane, also known as “Liquid Propane Gas” or LPG, is stored in a liquid state under pressure. When dispensing propane into a large tank, it’s much easier to measure the quantity in gallons. But for smaller tanks, weight is an easier measurement.
Knowing how you will use your propane—just for cooking, or for heating water, heating your home, and more—is the key to determining what size tank you will need. There are a lot of variables to consider, but we can help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs.
Here’s a general guide to tank size:
Whether you’re new to propane or just need to replace your tank, we’re here to answer all your questions. We can help you choose the best size tank for your needs. We can also help identify the best location for your tank, including whether underground or above ground is best, and make sure it’s installed safely.
Just as important as having the right size tank is knowing that you have reliable propane delivery service to ensure you always have propane. So it’s good to know that homeowners and businesses across Chatham County choose PFM for prompt, safe, and courteous service—with great options like automatic delivery, tank monitoring and budget friendly budget plans.
Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.
We’ve been serving Chatham County, NC, and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We’ve seen good times and hard times, but our commitment to service means that we are always looking for ways to make things easier. Supply chain issues and geopolitical conflict have resulted in higher prices across the board this year—not just for the propane to fuel your home, but also at the gas pump and at the grocery store, too.
While we can’t control prices at large, our longtime customers know we always look for ways to help keep costs manageable. We know every budget is different, and that’s we offer several ways you can keep propane costs manageable.
Even when propane prices are low, this plan always popular! That’s because our Monthly Budget Plan is a smart way to manage costs and avoid unexpected high invoices, no matter how cold it gets or how much fuel you use.
We use an average based on your past propane use to spread your costs evenly throughout the year. With this plan, you could see winter bills nearly 50% lower. And because you are paying the same amount each month, it’s easy for you to budget your expenses. In May, we’ll adjust your payment to reflect additional usage—or apply a credit to your account if you used less fuel or prices were lower.
The point of the plan is to keep your fuel costs level and manageable, so even if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike, you’ll avoid big fluctuations and surprise high bills.
At the beginning of the season, we’ll set an agreed-upon cap (or “ceiling”) price per gallon for your propane fuel. Your propane cost won’t ever go above that price. But if market prices fall, so will your price! This program also includes our FREE automatic delivery service!
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No matter what happens with prices next winter, our price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable and predictable. And make sure to try our Autopay option, too! It will save you the cost of a stamp, and it will also make paying your bill easy and automatic each month—no added work, and no hassle.
If you’d like to sign up for the Monthly Budget Plan or Capped Price Program, now is the time to enroll. Contact us today to learn about all the ways we can help you save!
People often ask why the flame is blue when they burn propane. After all, when you burn logs in a fireplace, the flames are usually red and yellow. While it might seem unusual, it’s actually a good thing. When you see a blue flame on your cooktop burners or the pilots for propane appliances, it means your propane is burning at maximum efficiency, and more importantly, safely.
When propane gas burns with the correct ratio of fuel to air, there is enough oxygen for complete combustion of propane. The gas molecules in the flame are ionized and the propane flame is blue—as it should be. The blue flame means that your propane is burning at its full heat so you aren’t wasting any fuel!
If you see orange or yellow flames on a propane burner, it’s a sign of a problem that can become a serious safety issue if you ignore it. It means the propane on those parts of the flame is not being completely burned. The incomplete combustion that causes these off-color flames can lead to a carbon monoxide buildup in your home—which can be deadly if not corrected promptly.
If you see orange flames on your cooktop, the cause is often simply spilled or burned food blocking parts of the burner on your range and causing incomplete combustion. If cleaning your cooktop doesn’t solve the issue—or the orange flames are in another appliance or a gas fireplace, contact us immediately.
In addition to potential for carbon monoxide buildup, orange flames mean that you’re only getting about half the heat from the flame. In complete combustion with a blue flame, the temperature of a propane flame is 3,596˚ Fahrenheit. With a yellow flame, the flame’s temperature is 1,832˚ Fahrenheit. When it comes to home heating or water heating, that drop in efficiency will show up in your bills. It will also affect your cooking—timing will be off, and you won’t get a good sear on that steak, or a nice crust on those hash browns.
Propane has a stellar safety record, thanks to strong government regulation and high industry standards. And when your systems and equipment are working properly, and your propane is burning efficiently, you know how easy and comfortable it makes your day-to-day life. Propane gives you environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and cost-effective home heating and water heating. You get to cook with a range that provides instant temperature control and even cooking. Propane fireplaces give you cozy comfort with none of the work or mess of a wood-burning fireplace. Outdoors, propane is a much more effective and affordable option for pool and spa heating than electricity. You can also use propane for your grill, firepit, insect trap, and more!
Find out why so many businesses and families just like yours in Chatham County rely on us to keep them comfortable with an always-reliable supply of propane. Let us show you what a difference propane can make in your home or business. Contact PFM today.
Hurricane season starts June 1. Now’s the time to think about how to protect your home from the stress, inconvenience and expense of extended power outages. Even a bad thunderstorm can lead to several days without electricity, and winter storms are getting worse and more unpredictable here in the Carolinas, too.
If you’re considering your options for backup power generators, we’re sure you have questions. Here’s everything you need to know about a piece of equipment that can keep your home and family safe during a power emergency.
A standby generator, also known as a backup generator, is propane-fueled power source that is directly wired to your home’s systems so that it comes on within seconds of a power failure to keep your lights on and your refrigerator, furnace and a/c running until the utilities get the lines back up. Propane generators are quiet, extremely efficient and clean-burning, with low emissions.
A portable generator is, well, portable. That can be useful for camping. But most portable generators run on gasoline. That means you need to get in line at the gas station to fill jerry cans when a storm is forecast, or you need a safe place to store gas on your property. Also, a portable generator needs to be set up and turned on—outside—after the power goes out, probably while a storm is still raging, maybe in the middle of the night. A standby generator runs off propane already stored at your home, and turns on automatically when the power goes out.
It depends on the size of your generator—and the size of your propane tank.
Most homes have storage tanks that are 100 to 500 gallons. The average 5000-watt whole-house generator will run for one to two days on a 100-gallon tank. A 500-gallon tank would keep the same generator running for 7 to 10 days.
Bigger generators will run more appliances and equipment, but they will use more propane: Typically, 5,000-watt whole-house generators use about two gallons of propane per hour. The most powerful, 9000-watt generators use three gallons per hour.
Size options range from “essential power” models that will run key equipment such as your refrigerator, heat and lights, to true whole-house generators that can manage the demands of most extra-large homes, even during extended outages. Your equipment dealer can help you understand your choices and suggest the best size for your home and your needs.
Sure, portable generators are less expensive out of the box, they can cost you a lot more in the long run. Just keeping it full during an extended outage will add up quickly, not to mention potentially having to wait on long lines for more gasoline.
On the other hand, having a standby generator can help you save money even before the power goes out. Many insurance plans will offer discounts on your homeowner’s insurance plan if you install a standby generator. That’s because, like a security system, a generator helps protect your property. Speaking of security systems, a standby generator will keep yours operating during an outage, protecting your home if you are away.
With a standby generator, there’s no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. There’s also no need to wrestle the unit out of the garage and get it set up and started, while messing with fuel, possibly in the dark or in treacherous conditions.
In addition, if you have loved ones in your home who rely on medical equipment, a standby generator will protect them better and keep them safer.
Peace of mind is priceless. But when you do the math, a standby generator usually comes on top when it comes to dealing with the expense (and hassle) of a power outage. By keeping even just your essential systems running, a standby generator can help you avoid the cost of replacing spoiled food, the cost of a hotel room—if you can find one, and if the outage is in winter, prevent pipes from bursting.
Another thing: According to Consumer Reports, a properly installed whole-house generator can increase the value of your home by as much as 5%. That’s a great return on your investment, even before you even need to use it.
Adding a backup propane generator is a power move when it comes to protecting your family and your home.
We’ve got the experience and training to install your generator correctly and connect the lines to your propane tank, so it powers up your home without damaging your home’s electronic equipment or appliances. (And we can provide you with safe and reliable propane delivery, too.) Contact us today for more information.
If you use propane to heat your home, you probably already appreciate how well it provides steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. But you might be surprised to know how versatile propane is and how many other ways it can be used throughout your home. Propane offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances at a much lower cost than electricity.
In most cases, it’s because propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Propane is also more efficient than natural gas, delivering twice the heating energy.
If you want to make the most of propane in your home, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn all the different ways to use propane in and around your home.
Water Heaters: The same reasons propane is great at providing heat makes it ideal for heating water and powering appliances and equipment that heat water. It’s worth considering that water heating is a big percentage of home energy bills—especially when you consider how much hot water a household uses in bathing, laundry, dishwashing needs.
An energy-efficient propane water heater can help you reduce your energy costs, and perform better, too. Tankless water heaters save energy by instantly heating water when you need it, rather than keeping a large tank hot all the time. As a result, you can enjoy virtually unlimited hot water—while seeing savings of up to 40%!
Cooking and Grilling: Nothing beats the precision and control you get cooking with gas. That’s why it’s the first choice of professional chefs in the kitchen and on the patio.
Recent stories about gas stoves and indoor air quality are a bit misleading: While natural gas stoves can potentially emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, propane contains no methane. And, cooking of any kind creates particulate matter and affects indoor air quality, no matter what fuel is used—even electric and induction ranges.
Outdoor Living: Adding safe and efficient propane appliances can let you enjoy your outdoor spaces earlier in the spring and later into the autumn seasons.
Fire pits and fire bowls are an attractive focal point and gathering space for entertaining friends and family. And propane-fueled pool and spa heaters will warm up the water much faster than an electric heater and maintain the temperature better once the water is warm. As a result, propane pool heaters help you keep heating costs under control, while letting you enjoy your pool or spa more.
Indoor Fireplaces: A propane fireplace brings all the ambiance and warmth of a wood-burning fireplace to any room, without the mess, smoke, and ash. And unlike a traditional fireplace, you can install a propane-fueled fireplace just about anywhere: living room, dining room, bedroom, even the kitchen.
Imagine the luxe, spa-like glamour of a fireplace in your master bath! And, you have a range of options for propane-fueled supplemental space heating as well.
Generators: When storms knock out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights on, your refrigerator running and everything else powered up until the utility companies can make repairs. What’s more, a whole house generator can boost your home’s value and get you a lower rate on your homeowner’s insurance, too.
If you’re looking to enhance your home’s value and improve efficiency, updating or adding propane appliances is a savvy move. Our showroom in Siler City, NC features a wide range of indoor space heating options and is located within Pool Store of the Pines showcasing grills, fire pits, pool heaters and more.