Propane Tank Safety Relief Valves

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One of the most important and vital valves on any LP Gas container is the safety relief valve. It is required by law that all propane tanks and cylinders are to be fitted with pressure relief devices designed to relieve excess pressure. The function of a safety relief valve is to prevent a propane tank from rupturing in the unlikely event of excessive pressure buildup. Propane tank relief valves are also known as pop off valves, pressure valves or relief valves.

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Importance of the Propane Fill Valve

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Propane is introduced to any approved container by the fill valve, also known as the filler valve. These fill valves allow the liquid to flow in only one direction which is into the tank. LP Gas fill valves incorporate backflow prevention, so the fill valve is not ideal for withdrawing propane from within the tank.

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Integral Twin Stage LPG Regulators

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Texas twin-stage propane regulators are a combination of both first and second stage regulators assembled into one unit. Texas integral twin stage regulators are always installed at the tank and compensate for varying tank pressures on the inlet side and deliver steady service line pressure compensating for varying appliance demand on the outlet side. Texas integral twin stage regulators are utilized in propane vapor service only and are the most common type of regulators used in Texas residential propane gas installations.

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High Pressure LP Gas Regulators

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Similar to all Texas propane regulators, high pressure LP Gas regulators stand between higher pressure on the inlet side and appliances or equipment requiring a lower pressure on the outlet side. Texas red propane regulators signify high pressure modulation and are frequently used in combination with a second stage regulator in a two stage regulator system. However, than can be used independently as well in systems where appliance or gas equipment demands are high and the only way to satisfy requirements is with a high pressure regulator.

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All About Propane Regulators

file0001185225767The propane gas regulator is one of the most crucial parts of a propane gas system. The purpose of the regulator is to control the flow of gas and lower the pressure from the tank to the appliance(s) in the gas system. Not only does the regulator act as a control regarding the flow and distribution of propane, but it also acts as a safety barrier between the high pressure of the tank and the end use appliance(s). Most will rightfully argue that the LP Gas regulator is the heart of any propane gas system.

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Important Propane Tank Nameplate Information

file0001279412224A manufacturer’s nameplate is the one thing that identifies a propane tank as unique. It also provides all pertinent information about that particular tank. The nameplate serves several purposes, the main one being to identify the tank as a propane tank.

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Is There a Shortage of Propane?

gas-1689222_960_720According to the ICF International’s release of its “2013 Propane Market Outlook”, the conditions of the propane industry were looking pretty decent, as new applications were going to create more opportunities, prices were dropping comparably to diesel and gasoline, and most notably, a jump in supply transitioned the U.S. to become a net supporter. However, in 2014 this picture had frosted over. A propane shortage was experienced by many states, as 45 percent of the national supply had been depleted and prices have skyrocketed by 75 percent. What caused this shortage though?

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Keeping Your Propane Tank from Freezing this Winter

file0001185225767If you are one of the many who use propane at home, on the farm or in your work environment, you probably already know some of the reasons that make it such a valuable fuel. Propane is safe with a very low ignition point, cannot be ingested, its non-toxic, environmentally friendly, clean burning, less costly and very versatile in its applications. Now that you’ve finally managed to stock up on your propane supply, and winter is almost here, how do you prevent your propane tank from freezing?

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How to Prepare for Floods with Propane

FloodWhile propane tanks and floods generally don’t mix well, proper preparation can minimize the impact a flood has on an LP Gas installation. Floating tanks are typically associated with buried container installations and heavy rains but outright flooding can result in propane tanks floating away. Neither is fun to deal with, but as underground tanks are reinforced against floating, above ground propane tanks can be secured in the event of a flood. Circumstances that surround flooding are unique, but common sense should be used in flood situations above all else.

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How to Prepare for Severe Storms with Propane

Severe StormMother nature deals some of her harshest blows through hurricanes and tornadoes. While these types of severe weather events can be planned for well in advance and can be anticipated if predicted by weather forecasters, the reality is that severe storms are often unpredictable and planning can only go so far. Only so much weather damage can be sustained by propane tanks and LP Gas systems before they too are at the mercy of extreme weather. Like any weather emergency, using common sense, good judgement and heeding the advice of local authorities supersedes any information found here.

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