How Propane Is Made and a Few Other Facts about Propane You Might Not Know

How Propane Is Made and a Few Other Facts about Propane You Might Not Know

March 12, 2018 ____ Propane Answers

How Propane Is Made and a Few Other Facts about Propane You Might Not Know

If you’re a Paraco customer (or plan to become one), you’re probably already aware of the many benefits and uses of propane.

But how well do you really know propane?

Here are 10 fun facts about propane that you might not have known–until now:

  1. The founder of the propane gas industry was a Pennsylvania native named Walter O. Snelling, who was the first person to identify propane as a volatile component in gasoline. After the discovery, he quickly realized its tremendous potential.
  2. Propane’s chemical formula is C3H8.
  3. In its natural state, propane is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless; an odorant (which smells like rotten eggs) is added for safety’s sake.
  4. Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas – which is why it’s far more economical to store and transport as a liquid.
  5. Propane won’t ignite when combined with air until the source of ignition reaches 940 degrees Fahrenheit – which is why it’s safe to transport in tanks.
  6. Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in the universe. As a result, it is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels – so clean, in fact, that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
  7. Propane is the only alternative fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992; neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.
  8. Although some propane is produced from crude oil refinement, most domestically produced propane is a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing. In fact, current U.S. propane supplies are abundant due in large part to the increase in natural gas production.
  9. Propane fuel you buy is not 100 percent propane gas; it’s about 90 percent propane plus odorant, propylene, and about 9 percent butane.
  10. Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically; almost three-quarters of the remaining 10 percent is produced in Canada or Mexico.

When it comes to propane, knowledge is power! To learn more about propane’s many benefits for your home or business, contact Paraco today.


  1. It’s interesting to know that because of propane’s composition, it doesn’t produce contaminants and isn’t considered a greenhouse gas. My wife and I have been thinking of moving to a property that’s powered by a propane tank, but we were worried about the environmental impact. Hearing what propane is like, maybe it’s not as dangerous to the environment as we had thought.

  2. I never knew that propane is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. My husband and I are looking for a propane tank installation service to install our propane tank at our new home. We will keep these facts in mind and get the professional help we need.

  3. It was fun to learn that propane won’t ignite once it meets oxygen until it reaches 940 degrees F and is 270 times more compact as a liquid, which is why it’s safe to deliver. My husband was looking into hiring a propane delivery service for us this winter since we use it a lot for our home and other gadgets. I’ll pass on these facts to him to learn more about propane.

  4. I never knew that it is non-toxic! My husband and I have been thinking about using propane to heat our home in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to learn more about it and how it works and the benefits of it. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about propane!

  5. Thanks for helping me learn more about propane and how it’s usually used. I’ve been watching a couple of industrial-related documentaries lately and they mention propane gas a lot. I had no idea that most of the propane si produced domestically and it’s more compact as a liquid than as a gas. My dad is considering switching into the propane-powered stove and I should probably share this with him so he’d learn more about propane.

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