Jack Corse Makes It Easy

heating oil Chittenden County, VT Ordering heating oil for your home or business is easy when you work with Jack Corse Fuels. We’re a friendly phone call away! No matter when you call, we’ll be there for you, but emergency fill-ups can be more expensive. If you’re prefer will-call service, knowing when to call for a delivery is key for smooth fill-ups. For completely effortless heating oil delivery, we suggest our automatic delivery service.

Whether you want to order heating oil yourself or leave the delivery schedule to us, here’s what you need to know.

Will-Call or Automatic Delivery?

Will-call heating oil delivery means that you need to monitor how much heating oil is in your tank, and call us when you need a fill up. That means you need to check the gauge on your heating oil tank regularly, and more often during extra cold weather.

The important thing to note is that we strongly recommend calling for a delivery when the gauge on your heating oil tank is at about 25% full. That ensures we have time to dispatch your delivery before you run out of fuel. If you forget, and order when your tank is empty or almost empty, an emergency fill-up will cost extra. Plus, you run the risk of losing your heat—which can lead to frozen pipes and more expensive repairs.

Or, you can enroll in convenient automatic delivery service.

Automatic delivery is exactly what it sounds like: We automatically deliver heating oil when you need it. We use a proven system based on your typical usage and the weather to know when you will need a heating oil delivery. If there’s been a stretch of serious cold, or if there’s a big storm in the forecast, we adjust our delivery schedule to make sure none of our customers run out of heating oil.

It’s a free service that we offer our customers. It makes your life easier, and helps us too: We can plan delivery routes efficiently, which helps us keep our costs down and our trucks on time.

How to Prepare for a Delivery

Our delivery drivers really appreciate it when you keep a path open to your fill pipe, especially after a big snow. Marking the location of your underground tank with a flag or wide ribbon makes it easier for our crews to find. And please keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely—and we cannot deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed and free of ice. Marking the edges makes it easier to navigate, especially on steep driveways. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it too.

Also, don’t forget to secure pets on delivery days. It’s for their safety, and it makes our drivers’ job a little easier.

Need Heating Oil Deliveries?

We understand you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to heating oil dealers. Find out why so many of your neighbors in Chittenden County and across northern Vermont choose Jack Corse Fuels for heating oil, kerosene and propane service. Ask about convenient services, like automatic delivery and payment options that can help you keep fuel costs manageable.

Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.

There’s Some Basic Science Behind This Safety Step

propane tank franklin county, vt If you’re the type of customer who checks the gauge on their propane tank after a propane delivery, you’ve probably called us to as why it’s not completely full when we leave. It’s a good question—we get it: If you’ve called us to come fill your tank, why isn’t it full? The answer is right out of your high school chemistry book.

What Is The 80/20 Rule?

Although it flows through pipes in your home in the form of a gas, propane, also called LPG or liquid propane gas, is transported and stored in a liquid form. And if you paid attention in chemistry, you know that liquids expand when they are heated. What you may not know is that liquid propane expands a lot more, and a lot faster, than some other liquids. Propane will expand nearly 17 times more than water that’s heated the same amount. That’s the reason that an aboveground propane tank, which is exposed to the sun, is considered “full” at about 80%. That extra room provides a cushion against the pressure that builds up inside the tank. Underground propane tanks are typically filled to about 85% because they are insulated from the sun’s heat.

You might notice that the propane tank gauge reading fluctuates slightly during quick temperature swings (hot day, cool night), but don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal. The amount of gas in the propane tank doesn’t actually change when propane expands or contracts–only its density does.

Will Call Service or Automatic Delivery

Remember, although your propane tank will never be filled to more than 80%, you should always call for a fill-up before your tank falls below 20% so we have time to schedule a delivery. If your tank falls below that level, you could lose pressure, which can lead to problems with equipment.

Of course, checking your propane tank level is an easy task to forget about. That’s why we give you easier ways to make sure you get propane deliveries when you need them—without having to remember to check your propane tank and call us for delivery.

Our automatic delivery service that takes watching your propane tank off your to-do list. We use a proven system based on your previous usage and other factors to let us calculate when you will need a propane delivery. Automatic delivery makes things easier on our end, too: We’re better able to plan deliveries, using the most efficient routes to get to everyone quickly. That saves time and money—savings we can pass on to you.

Of course, we still believe in old-fashioned customer service. That’s why we’re always happy to take your call and answer any questions. Contact us today to sign up for worry-free automatic deliveries or ask about our propane monitors.

5 Creative Uses for Propane Beyond Heating and Cooking

propane Lamoille County, VT Maybe you enjoy the cozy and efficient heat that propane provides for your home. Or maybe the precision control you get from your propane gas stove brings you joy in the kitchen. But have you thought about how you can use the power and efficiency of propane to other areas of your life?

The efficient power of propane means it’s a smarter choice than electricity beyond heating and cooking. Propane is an ecofriendly and efficient choice for a wide variety of every-day appliances that use hot water or heat, including washers and dryers, dishwashers, and space heaters. But it’s also great for fueling appliances that can make your home a little more fun, inside and out: Think cozy fireplaces, outdoor lighting, patio heaters, space heaters, pool and spa heaters, outdoor grills and more. Here are just a few of the ways propane can add value—and comfort—to your home.

Propane Home Appliances

  1. 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!
  2. Outdoor Living: Adding safe and efficient propane patio heaters can let you enjoy your outdoor spaces earlier in the spring and later into the autumn. 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.
  3. Grilling: If you have a propane range in your kitchen, you already know that 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—but it delivers the same precise temperature control on the patio. A propane grill makes outdoor cooking as easy as turning on your kitchen cooktop: Flip a switch, turn a knob and set your heat level. There’s less waiting time, too, because a propane grill is hot and ready to go in about 10 minutes. Compare that to 30 minutes or more to get charcoal hot.
  4. Space heating: Propane wall and space heaters make it easy to heat spaces your heating system doesn’t reach—like additions, sunrooms, attics, workshops, and garages.
  5. 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 really boost your home’s value and even get you a lower rate on your homeowner’s insurance.

Don’t miss out on all the benefits this versatile fuel can deliver. From practical appliances to make your day-to-day easier, to easy upgrades to make your home feel more welcoming, propane packs power. Reliable, on-time propane delivery from the team at Corse Fuels makes it even easier to enjoy. Contact us to become a customer today.

The Difference Is Subtle—But Important!

diesel fuel Lamoille, vt If you operate a commercial fleet of large trucks, you likely know they have engines that run on diesel fuel because it offers more power compared to the speed that comes with a gasoline engine. But you may wonder about the difference between off-road and on-road diesel.

From a chemical perspective, both fuels are identical except for one thing: On-road diesel is clear, while off-road diesel is dyed a red color. That’s because off-road diesel is only for use in farm vehicles, construction equipment and vehicles that do not operate on public roads. Fuel for those types of vehicles is not taxed, so the cost is lower. The red dye identifies it as untaxed fuel—and the fines are hefty if you get caught using it on an on-road vehicle.

Not sure what type of fuel is right for your fleet, or which of your vehicles might qualify for off-road fuel? Check out our diesel fuel FAQ:

Where are you driving your diesel vehicles? If you’re fleet is operating on public roads, such as highways or public streets, you’ll need to fill them up with on-road diesel. Off-road diesel is only for use on private property, such as on a construction site or a farm. Keep in mind that Federal rules for on- and off-road vehicles apply everywhere, specific uses may be permitted in different states.

What type of vehicle is it? Trucks, cars, buses and other diesel-engine vehicles that travel on roads, streets and highways take on-road diesel fuel. Vehicles and other equipment such as generators, tractors, forklifts and construction vehicles can use off-road fuel.

Where do you get your fuel? You can only get on-road fuel at a gas station, but you can get bulk delivery of on- or -off road diesel to your location or work site.

Can you use on- and off-road fuels interchangeably? Technically, yes. Other than the dye, the two types of fuel are the same. (In the past, off-road diesel produced more emissions, but since 2014, emissions standards, sulfur content, and fuel quality are the same for both on-road and off-road diesel.) However, while you can use on-road diesel in off-road vehicles, it’s illegal to use off-road diesel in on-road vehicles because the two fuels are taxed differently.

Is performance the same? Yes. There’s zero difference in the performance of vehicles using on-road versus off-road fuel. The big difference is in the price, because of the tax on on-road fuel.

Need Commercial Fleet Fueling?

No matter what type of vehicles and fuels you use for your business, Corse has you covered. We’ve got decades of experience supporting commercial customers in northern Vermont with reliable diesel fuel service, and more. We provide on- and off-road diesel fuel, with bulk deliveries as well as on-site fueling stations to save you time and money.

Our experts can assess your needs and help you plan, schedule and manage your fuel deliveries. We’ll also help you track your fuel usage to reduce waste, and improve efficiency. And we can work with you to plan a fueling station at your business or job site.

We’re always here to take your call. Contact us today to find out how we can make doing business easier for you.

The Oil in Your Tank Burns Cleaner Than Ever

heating oil Chittenden, vt Oil Heat has a bad reputation. But the technological advances over the last few decades have resulted in fuel that burns 95% cleaner than it did in the 1970s. In fact, the heating oil in your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore.

How is this possible? Advances in refining processes have produced ultra-low sulfur heating oil that’s better for customers in many ways. The quality of the oil in your tank has a big impact on how efficiently your system runs, how long your equipment lasts—and how much fuel you need to burn to keep your home comfortable. It also has a big impact on the environment. That’s why ultra-low sulfur heating oil has been mandated in Vermont since 2018.

So how much cleaner is it? Traditional heating oil has a sulfur content of up to 4,000 parts per million. In contrast, ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a sulfur content of just 15 parts per million.

Improved Efficiency Helps You Save

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil isn’t just better for the environment, it’s better for your wallet. Heating oil is already more efficient than natural gas in terms of Btu content. You need to burn about 40% more natural gas to receive the heating equivalent of heating oil. Cleaner, ultra-low sulfur heating oil burns even more efficiently—helping to keep heating costs down even more. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil also opens the door to super-efficient heating systems, which can increase the advantages of heating oil over natural gas even more. Research conducted by the Energy Research Council/Brookhaven National Laboratory found fuel savings as high as 48.3% when outdated equipment is replaced with a new, high-efficiency boiler.

That all adds up make ultra-low sulfur oil the best choice for keeping your home and family warm through a damp, cold Vermont winter. Other options, like natural gas and electricity, just don’t provide the same heating energy.

Better for Your Equipment

Cleaner fuel also protects your equipment. The quality of the oil in your tank has a big impact on how long your equipment lasts. Less sulfur also means less build-up in your equipment. That translates to fewer breakdowns and lower maintenance costs for you.

Need a Heating Oil Delivery?

Starting the season with a full tank is a great way to make sure you’re ready for whatever the season brings—whether it’s an early storm or an extended deep freeze or just the fill-up off your to-do list. Jack Corse has been helping families keep comfortable with reliable heating oil deliveries across northern Vermont since 1947. We offer a wide range of services to help make winter easier, from automatic delivery service to budget-friendly payment options to keep your heating bills manageable. We also offer tank inspections—Vermont law requires all heating oil tanks be certified every three years.

Contact us for more information today.

Let Corse Help You Navigate Propane Storage

propane tank sizes Franklin, vt When it comes to propane storage tanks, size matters. Whether you’re a home-owner or a commercial operation, new to propane or just need to replace your tank, we’re here to answer all your questions and help you understand all your options when it comes to propane tank sizes.

To know what size tank you need, you need to know how you will use your propane. There are a lot of variables to consider, and our team has the expertise to take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs, whether they are residential or commercial.

What does that mean for you? At Corse fuels, we know that no home and no business is the same. Our pros know the questions to ask to accurately assess your unique requirements and tailor a propane storage system that safely and economically meets your specific needs.

Residential Tanks

When it comes to residential propane use, propane tanks typically range from 120 gallons to 500 gallons. You may be using propane just for cooking, or for heating water, heating your home, or running more appliances including laundry equipment, pool and spa heaters, fireplaces, and even outdoor grills. If you experience frequent or prolonged power outages, you may also use propane to run a standby generator. Here are the sizes that you could consider:

  • 120-gallon propane tank: This size tank is perfect if you only use propane just for water heating or space heating, or to fuel a range or clothes dryer.
  • 150-gallon propane tank: If you have one or two low-Btu appliances, such as a water heater, cooking range, space heaters, wall heaters or a clothes dryer, this size tank should provide ample propane.
  • 250-gallon propane tank: For three or more propane appliances like ranges, water heaters or fireplaces (but not a furnace or boiler) you may need to go up to this size. This is also a good minimum size tank if you also have a standby generator—but, as always, everyone’s needs are different.
  • 500-gallon propane tank: This is the minimum you’ll need if you heat your home with propane. You’ll have enough propane to also fuel appliances including fireplaces, ranges and water heaters.

Once we’ve helped you determine the best size tank for your needs, our pros can help determine the best location for your tank and make sure it’s installed safely.

Commercial Propane

When it comes to commercial and industrial propane needs, from hospitality to agriculture to manufacturing, Corse is your partner. We’ll work with you to customize and install any systems you need and provide reliable propane deliveries to make sure your operation runs smoothly and you get the best value from propane for your business.

We install tanks with up to 1,000-gallon capacity, enough to fuel a large home or small commercial business heated with propane that also uses multiple propane appliances as well as high-Btu propane appliances like pool and spa heaters. We also offer portable tank refill and exchange services for forklifts, mowers and other industrial equipment. We can also set up multiple tanks—whether you have a multi-building complex or require more propane.

If you need diesel fuel or heating oil for your operation, Let Jack Corse be your one-stop source for all types of commercial fuel service.

Propane Delivery

Once you have your tank, you’ll want to ensure you have reliable propane delivery service to ensure you always have propane. You want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering real value and true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life—and your business—run smoother. We’ve has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous propane delivery service to homes and businesses across Lamoille County, Franklin County, Westford, Fairfax, Underhill, and Jericho Counties since 1947.

Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.

It’s the Fuel Without a Shelf-life

propane expiration Lamoille, vt Other fuel sources can degrade over time. Kerosene, diesel, heating oil and gasoline will all be negatively impacted by long-term storage, affecting how well they perform. You may have noticed the problems with the gas in a car that’s been sitting for a few months. It can impact the engine, and with heating oil, it can affect your boiler or furnace.

Unlike those other types of fuel, propane never “goes bad.” It makes propane a smart choice for all kinds of appliances and equipment in your home, like water heaters, which you use all the time, but also for those you use sporadically, like space heaters and fireplaces. It’s one of the reasons propane is particularly smart for whole-house generators. Hopefully, you don’t need to use it often, but you don’t want to worry about the fuel not working in an emergency.

Propane Storage

While propane can’t expire, it’s important that the tank used for storage is maintained properly. That goes for large storage tanks as well as for the portable tanks used for grills and RVs. Tanks need to be inspected and recertified every 10 years or so, depending on the size and type of tank. Inspections ensure that valves are working correctly and there’s no corrosion that can lead to leaks.

Can Propane Freeze?

People often ask us if they need to worry about their propane freezing. If you’ve lived in northern Vermont for a while, you know winters can serve up some frigid temperatures. Average lows in the area can run into the teens in January.
Fortunately, the freezing point of propane is -44 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t need to worry about your propane freezing.

While it’s unlikely your propane will freeze, it can still be affected by very cold temperatures, particularly in an above-ground tank. Propane contracts when it’s cold. When it’s extremely cold outside, the volume of propane inside your aboveground propane tank will shrink, which creates a loss of pressure. The problem is, if the pressure becomes too low, the propane inside your tank will not be able to reach your gas burner. That means you may not be able to run your propane appliances, including your furnace or boiler, which can be very problematic in the winter.

How to Avoid Low-Pressure Problems

  1. Keep your propane tank at least 30% full to maintain positive pressure. If very cold weather is in the forecast, check your propane tank gauge and call us to schedule a delivery. (If you’re on automatic delivery, we’ll take the weather into account and there’s no need to call.)
  2. Don’t let snow build up on your propane tank. Clear it so sunlight can reach your tank and keep it warmer.
  3. If you use propane to heat your home, turn down your thermostat so your heating system doesn’t run as often, giving the pressure inside your propane tank a chance to rebuild.

There’s a reason folks in Lamoille and Franklin counties trust Corse Fuels for dependable propane deliveries, as well as tank installations, maintenance and more. We’ve got the knowledge, skills and resources and can answer all your questions about the benefits of propane for your home. Contact us today to learn more.

Understanding the Difference Between Diesel and Gasoline

diesel fuel Chittenden county, vt If you operate a commercial truck fleet, the type of fuel you use can make a difference. Depending on your business, one fuel isn’t better than the other. Determining whether diesel or gas is the right option for you depends on a variety of factors: the size of your trucks, how far they need to go, and what other types of vehicles you need to operate, like forklifts or other machinery or vehicles.

In the most basic terms, diesel gives more power and is very fuel efficient for longer routes. Gas engines make sense for smaller trucks traveling shorter distances. Farm equipment, school buses, heavy-duty trucks, forklifts, construction equipment and snow plows all benefit from the power of diesel.

Understanding the difference between the two fuels can help inform your choice.

Different Compositions

Diesel fuel is made using a hydrocarbon mixture that is a byproduct of the distillation of crude oil. It is denser than gas. Diesel’s boiling point is higher than that of water, which means it has an extremely low evaporation point.

It’s classified as combustible, meaning it requires compression and heat to function.

Gasoline is made from refined crude oil and other petroleum liquids which are blended with other ingredients and fuel ethanol into finished motor gasoline. It’s available in different grades and qualities. Regular gas can evaporate at room temperature, and is considered a flammable liquid, which means that it requires a spark. So, while diesel fuel will extinguish a lit match, a lit match will ignite the fumes of gasoline before it even reaches the liquid.

Different Kinds of Power

Diesel’s chemical composition contains more atoms, which help provide more power during combustion—but also produces more greenhouse gas than gasoline. Because diesel is several times more powerful than gas, it’s the go-to fuel for industries that require that extra energy, such as trucking and construction. The power output also means it’s more efficient than gas. One gallon of diesel produces 147,000 BTUs compared to 125,000 BTUs of a gallon of regular gas.

Gasoline is a less-dense fuel. It’s better at providing speed than sheer power, which is why it’s better for automobiles. It also performs better in cold temperatures.

Different Engine Design

The key difference between the two fuels is the combustion process in the engine.

In gasoline engines, the fuel is first mixed with air and then compressed by the piston. Then a spark plug creates a spark to cause an explosion (combustion). The explosion moves the piston, which moves the crankshaft and ultimately moves the wheel.

A Diesel engine doesn’t need spark plugs for combustion. Instead of using a spark for ignition, diesel fuel needs to be vaporized before it goes to the combustion chamber, where it ignites at a high temperature.

As the piston compresses the air, it gets hotter due to pressure. The hot air, when mixed with vaporized diesel, ignites resulting in combustion.

Powering Your Business

Discover how our fleet fueling services deliver the power of diesel to your business. Whether you need to fuel trucks, construction vehicles or farm equipment, Corse Fuels can help you keep your fleet on the road and on the job. We provide large commercial on-road/off-road diesel deliveries to clients of all kinds – from gas stations and government agencies to schools and corporations. We’ll help you do it for less with great prices and high-volume discounts.

Contact us for more information about commercial on- and off-road diesel fuel delivery now to become a customer today.

Trust Corse for Safe, Expert Propane Tank Installations

propane tank Lamoille, vt If you’re getting a new propane tank installed, you probably have questions about where it can be installed. You certainly don’t want it front and center, detracting from the curb appeal of your home. But there are a few considerations besides aesthetics when it comes to the location of your propane tank. Corse can answer all your questions and will help you choose the best location for you tank that’s safe and also doesn’t distract from the look of your home. If you’re replacing an old tank, it may make the most sense to keep the same set-up. But if it’s a new propane tank—or you want to change what you had before, here’s what to consider:

Placement of Above-ground Propane Tanks

When it comes to safe placement of an above-ground propane storage tank, size matters.

100-gallon tanks must be placed at least 5 feet from the opening of a building (including windows), and at least 10 feet from any source of ignition.

For 325-gallon tanks and larger, the minimum distance from any opening in a building is 10 feet. Also, they must be placed at least 10 feet away from any source of ignition and at least 10 feet away from any property lines.

What About an Underground Tank?

Underground tanks have the same distance requirements as above-ground tanks. There are also requirements for the excavation:

  • 100-gallon tanks require an excavation that is 9′ 6″ L x 4′ W x 44″ deep
  • 500-gallon tanks require an excavation that is 14′ L x 5′ W x 4′ 6″ deep
  • 1000-gallon tanks require an excavation that is 20′ L x 5′ 6″ W x 4′ 6″ deep

Additional Installation Information

Don’t forget to take into account any other systems around your home, such as sprinkler and septic systems which could be damaged or affected by excavation or installation equipment and or propane delivery trucks.

Low-hanging power lines could also create challenges for installation as well as for delivery trucks.

Installation Day

Once you’ve made your decisions about size and location, we’ll take care of the rest, from permits to lighting your pilots after your first fill-up. Depending on the size of the tank, we’ll use a crane to lift and place the tank on its concrete pad, or lower it into the ground if you’re opting for an underground installation. After the tank has been set and leveled, we’ll run the LP Gas yard lines connecting the gas plumbing stub out and propane tank regulator, cover the trench with backfill, test the system for leaks, and fill up your tank. Following the test and safety inspection, we’ll light any pilot lights, check appliances for proper operation and answer any questions you may have about the tank installation, service arrangements or delivery schedules.

Whether you decide on an above-ground or underground propane tank, know that the pros at Jack Corse Fuels can make selection, installation and maintenance of your tank easy. And we’ll provide reliable propane delivery services, too. Contact us for more information today.

How to Stay Safe If You Smell a Propane Leak

gas leak Northern Chittenden, vt If you use propane in your home, it’s very important that you know the smell of gas. Propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell that is designed to help you quickly notice leaking gas. Knowing what to do if you smell gas can help ensure the situation is resolved safely and quickly.

Propane leaks are rare, but they can happen. The cause might be a runout or near-runout, because extreme pressure changes in lines can cause joint compound at connections to contract. A leak can also be the result of incorrectly installed equipment, or damage to lines, among other things.

Propane is a clean-burning and safe way to heat your home and water, and run many appliances. But propane is a highly flammable gas under certain conditions. As with any fuel, there are certain steps to take to ensure you and your home are safe and comfortable. The number one thing is to make sure everyone in your home can recognize the odor, and knows what to do if they suspect a leak.

What to Do If You Smell Gas:

  • Leave the area immediately
  • Avoid all flames or sparks—including lights, appliances, phones or cell phones—which could ignite the gas and trigger an explosion
  • If you can, shut off the gas at the main valve on your tank—turn the valve clockwise
  • Call us, or 911 from a safe area.
  • Stay away until help arrives

Propane Safety Dos and Don’ts

  • Don’t store cleaning fluids and flammable substances near your propane tanks.
  • Do clean furnace filters regularly.
  • Don’t let your tanks hit empty. The loss of pressure can lead to a variety of problems and will require pressure tests before refilling.
  • Do set up automatic delivery to avoid running out of gas.
  • Don’t attempt to relight a pilot light if you smell gas. If you do relight a pilot light yourself, follow manufacturer’s instructions exactly.
  • Do call us if a pilot light goes out frequently.
  • Do let us know if flames are yellow or you notice a significant amount of soot. Gas flames should be mainly blue when burning correctly.

Know When & How to Shut Off Your Tank

Under certain conditions, you may need to turn off your gas at the tank. It’s not hard—but it’s important to familiarize yourself with your tank so you know what to do when it’s an emergency.

How to shut off your propane:

  • Know where the shutoff valve is. You tank should have a large round lid with a hinge. When you lift the lid, you should see the gauge and a round knob that looks like a small steering wheel. That’s your shutoff valve.
  • To stop the flow of propane, turn the knob all the way to the right, or clockwise. If you have more than one tank, turn them all off.

When to turn off your propane:

  • If you smell gas and suspect a leak, turn off the gas at the tank (if it’s safe to do so) and stay outside and away. Call 911 and Midway once you are away from the building.
  • If there has been severe weather, flooding, or a natural disaster and your tank appears to have moved, or if there appears to be damage to the tank or the gas lines. Once you’ve turned off the gas, move away from the area, then call Midway or 911.

If it feels unsafe to turn off the gas, first move a safe distance away and outside and then call for help.

Once you’ve turned off your propane, do not go back in the house until a certified technician has confirmed that it’s safe. Also, never turn the propane back on yourself. Turning the gas off changes the pressure in the lines, which can cause the seals around pipe fittings to contract and create a leak. A professional propane technician needs to perform a leak test to check the integrity of these joints and seals. Pressure tests are required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules.

Your safety is important to us! All our technicians are trained and certified to provide safe propane delivery and services. If you have any questions about this information or any other propane safety issues, contact us.