Propane is a colorless gas that can be used in a lot of different ways. Often referred to as LP gas, or liquefied propane gas, the product is stored under pressure in tanks and cylinders until it is needed. Most tanks that propane is stored in are rated by weight, not quantity and filling them is a precise job that requires the operator to be very alert and knowledgeable when transferring the gas.
Propane For Fuel
There are a lot of types of equipment that have been converted from gasoline to propane to power them. Everything from small forklifts to large trucks can use this gas as a fuel. One of the most positive aspects of using propane as a fuel is that it does not give off carbon monoxide when it is burned in an internal combustion engine. This means it is safe to use in a building where people are working and when it is used outside in large trucks or equipment, the emissions impact on the environment is greatly reduced.
Propane For Heating
Propane is a great choice for heating the buildings on your job site. It burns clean and can be used as a vehicle fuel, a heating fuel, and a cooking fuel all at the same time without alteration of the fuel. The same fuel you have on site can be used for all these purposes but it has to be handled properly so be sure to have a qualified service tech set up any heating systems that you are using and all the safeguards required are installed properly. You can get small heaters that run off 20-pound cylinders for limited use in well-vented areas but if it will be the primary source of heat in an office trailer or sleeping quarters, installing it properly is important.
If you are keeping bulk propane on your work site, the fuel needs to be stored safely. Ideally, the tank should be locked and placed behind a locked fence so that only people authorized to work with it have access. Placing steel or cement barriers around the outside to stop vehicles from running into the tank is also a good idea. Place the tank as far away from any buildings as is reasonable and protect it from fire, sparks, or other ignition sources if at all possible. If the tank is staying onsite when the construction is complete, a cement pad with anchors installed can be poured. Then, the propane company is brought in to run any plumbing to the tank and into the gas appliances in the building once the majority of the construction is complete.