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Outdoor Living in Iowa with Propane

How Propane Makes It Fun and Easy

propane iowa Are you familiar with all the ways propane can enhance outdoor living right in your backyard? Here are some ideas to add more fun to your spring and summer.

Propane Outdoor Fire Pits

There’s nothing like gathering with family and friends around a fire pit on a cool night. Whether the kids are toasting marshmallows for s’mores, or you’re relaxing over a glass of wine with friends, a propane fire pit makes the night more enjoyable.
Propane gives you real fire and real heat with just the flip of a switch. When you’re ready to go inside, just turn off your fire pit and that’s that. Many fire pit models have ignition systems that can be turned on and off with a smartphone app.

Propane Lighting

Gas was the main source for both indoor and outdoor lighting before electricity became widely available and accepted. Today, you can get that warm glow for your patio and pathways with propane. And it works even when the power is out. Propane-powered outdoor lights can burn for just pennies per hour, and they can be matched with almost any outdoor décor.

Outdoor Propane Heaters

With freestanding or wall-mounted models available, you’re sure to find a propane patio heater that meets your needs and budget – and one that will work even if the power goes out.

You can also enjoy a swim throughout the season—and even beyond– by investing in a propane pool heater, which will heat your pool water quickly and efficiently.

A propane pool heater simply burns gas to warm water from the pool pump, then cycles the water back into the pool. That’s why propane pool heaters are an ideal choice for inground and aboveground pools and spas. Propane pool heaters are:

Propane Grills

There are many reasons why propane grills are overwhelmingly the most common grills in America. First and foremost, nothing beats the clean-burning precision of a propane gas grill.

Whether you cook on a simple portable or a high-tech built-in model, you’ll get the same even-cooking performance time after time, with no starter fluid smell, dangerous chemicals, or mess.

When your cookout is done, propane gives you even more advantages. You can simply turn off the grill, shut off the propane, and clean the grate. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

5 Propane Grill Safety Reminders

You may be a master at the grill, but it’s always a good idea to review some important safety reminders. Here are five tips to keep in mind as you get fired up for the grilling season.

  1. Keep your grill at least six feet away from your home and position it on sturdy and level ground.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended.
  3. Never light a gas grill with the lid closed. To light your grill, open the lid before turning on the gas. If the grill doesn’t light after a couple of clicks, turn off the burner, turn the gas off at the tank, and wait 5 or 10 minutes before attempting to light it again. If you still have trouble, it’s time to call in a propane pro for help.
  4. Close your grill lid quickly to extinguish small flare-ups. It’s also a good idea to have a portable fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby—just in case.
  5. Never attach or disconnect a propane tank or adjust fittings while the grill is operating. If you run out of gas while grilling, turn off all the burners, reconnect the new tank, and re-light the grill.

Need more advice or ideas about updating your outdoor living space this summer? Reach out to your Iowa propane company for expert advice.

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