History of Propane
Propane was first identified as a volatile component in gasoline by Walter O. Snelling of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1910. On March 31 of that year, The New York Times reported on Snelling's work with liquefied gas and that "...a steel bottle will carry enough gas to light an ordinary home for three weeks." American Gasol Co., was the first commercial marketer or propane. In 1918, propane was primarily used for cutting metals. J.B. Anderson of Sharpsburg, Pa., developed the first propane-fueled pump-less blowtorch.
Facts About Propane
- Propane is a three-carbon alkane with the molecular formula C3H8, normally a gas, but compressible to a liquid
- In 2004, propane grew to become a $10 billion industry in the United States. The United States consumes more than 15 billion gallons of propane annually for home, agricultural, industrial, and commercial uses.
- A 20lb tank of propane can be as low as $20 at Sears
- Propane has a relatively higher energy density than natural gas, making it less costly and easier to store.