Where do we start with propane gas?

It’s used to resurface ice rinks, make bricks, power forklift trucks, dry crops and even fire airsoft guns used in war games. Also, for laying asphalt on roads, enriching CO2 for plant growth, mole control, graffiti cleaning, baking bread, refrigeration…the list is endless. To describe propane as ‘versatile’ does not do it justice.

However propane, or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), also has specific qualities that make it the go-to gas in certain industries. For example, the purity of propane makes it ideal for glass and ceramics production which can be complex due to the chemical reactions that occur during manufacture.

Stand-out features of propane

  • Portability – LPG is ideal for remote locations such as roads and railways and where power supplies have been disrupted or are unreliable
  • Precision – burning propane responds instantly and highly accurately to changes in temperature settings
  • Purity – it burns with a strong, clean flame (see above) which also makes it easier to generate a powerful smaller flame for intricate industrial processes such as melting optical glass

How it can be used

There probably isn’t an economic sector that doesn’t use LPG. Here are just a few examples:

  • Metal fabrication – propane is ideal for low temperature welding work such as brazing and soldering and is widely used for joining copper tube and fittings, plus metal preheating and cutting.
  • Construction – many construction or infrastructure sites have limited access to mains gas or electricity supply. Propane comes into its own for a wide range of applications from concrete treatment, drying and surfacing to roofing and paint removal.
  • Hospitals – safe and complete disposal of hazardous bio-medical waste is a major issue for hospitals. Incinerators powered by LPG quickly reach the high temperatures required for the total combustion of the waste without harmful emissions.

Propane – the fuel gas of choice

Despite its impressive list of qualities, there is probably one feature above all that underlines propane’s importance to our future. It is a low carbon fuel.

LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal, 12% less than oil, has low nitrogen oxide emissions and low sulphur content*. The Government’s recent Clean Growth Strategy makes the reduction of UK carbon emissions a high priority. LPG will have an important part to play in that. Using it will both enhance your company’s green credentials and ability to meet carbon emission targets.

Are you missing out on the benefits of propane?

Because propane is such a multi-purpose gas (there are many applications that can’t all be mentioned in a single blog post), you may be wondering if you’re missing out. Is there a job propane could do for your business? We can advise on which industrial gas best suits your purpose, including propane. And if you use a range of different gases, with BOC you get just one delivery, a single point of contact and less paperwork.

Visit BOConlineshop.co.uk now to order your propane.


*Gas For Off Grid Britain report by the trade body UKLPG