What is Propane? You might ask...

Well, you've come to the right place to find the answer!!!

Lets not jump a head...

Before we answer the big question, lets start with some smaller ones. How was propane discovered? Who discovered it? When was it discovered? What was it originally used for? Do they still use it for that today? Well, these are all excellent questions. Propane has been around forever, but it wasn't discovered until 1912 when scientist were searching for a better and more efficient way too store gasoline. The reason is, when gasoline was stored, it would always evaporate! Wouldn't that get annoying! The scientist who discovered it was an American scientist by the name Dr. Walter Snelling. Snelling found that propane gas could be changed into a liquid state and could be stored at a moderate pressure. Within a year of Snellings discovery, The commercial propane industry, began heating American homes using propane. To this day, many homes are still heated using propane.

Another good question...How do we get propane?

Well, propane comes from natural gas and petroleum wells. About half of the propane used in the United States comes from raw natural gas. What is raw natural gas? Raw natural gas is approximately 90% methane, 5% propane, and the other 5% is made up of other types of gases. The propane is isolated from the other gases at a natural gas processing plant.

Now I know you're wondering, what about the other half of our propane supply? To answer your question, the other half of the supply either comes from petroleum refineries , or is simply imported from other places. A number of gases are taken from petroleum at refineries, but propane is the most important one. Why is that? This is because the United States imports half of the petroleum we use, but propane is the most that is separated from this imported oil.

Where is propane used? It is used in Homes, farms, businesses, and is a source of transportation fuel.

U.S propane consumption in 2010, 73.2% Chemical and industrial, 25.7% Residential and commercial, and 1.1% transportation

Coming to a conclusion!

Okay, so by now, you probably have already received the answer to the big question: What is propane? Right? Well then let's recap, Propane is a non renewable energy source. It is an energy rich gas similar to petroleum and natural gas. It's usually found mixed with deposits of natural gas and petroleum underground. It's called a fossil fuel, because it was formed a long long time ago from the remains of small plants and animal matter. When put under pressure, it becomes a liquid, but under normal conditions, it is a gas.

Finally, here are some advantages of using propane, along with a few disadvantages.

On the positives side, propane can be used for many things such as, fuelling hot air balloons, to heat homes, to fuel appliances, and to heat barns and operate farm equipment.

Propane is clean-burning and leaves engines free of deposits.Also, engines that use propane, emit fewer pollutants into the air than gasoline powered engines.


On the down side: propane is a no renewable resources, so when we use it all up, it's gone. It's hard to find as a gasoline. Automobile engines have to be adjusted to propane fuel, and that can be costly. Last, there is a slight drop in miles per gallon when propane is used to fuel vehicles.

Thank you oh so much!

Thank you for taking the time to read my article on propane. I hope you have learned more about propane and that you might even have caught something you might have been surprised to know about propane. Now that you understand propane, how it works, what it's used for, and how we get it, that you'll share your knowledge with other people as well! Once again, thank you for reading , this concludes my report on the wonders propane.