Propane is Exceptional Energy, recognized by the Clean Air Act

Propane is clean-burning, portable and safe. It is the energy of choice for an array of household and business applications.

Using your propane furnace as a back-up to an electric heat pump will reduce your energy costs. Heat pumps lose efficiency when the temperature falls below 4°C. A dual fuel system can increase the cost-effectiveness of heat pump technology while simultaneously improving indoor quality.
Sparlings only leases propane tanks. Each Sparlings tank is delivered and installed by a qualified, licensed, 3rd party HVAC technician.
Maximize the space in any room with a propane space heater. For those hard-to-heat places, a propane space heater occupies little space and can even be wall-mounted.
Ambiance meets heat efficiency. Add elegance to any room with an easy-to-use, heat efficient propane fireplace.
Residential water heating is typically the third largest energy use in the home. Some propane water heaters offer ‘on-demand’ hot water, eliminating stand-by heat loss, which can add up to significant net savings.
Using your propane furnace as a back-up to an electric heat pump will reduce your energy costs. Heat Pumps lose efficiency when the temperature falls below 4°C. A dual fuel system can increase the cost-effectiveness of heat pump technology while simultaneously improving indoor comfort quality.
Discover why culinary experts prefer to cook with a propane stove. A gas range cooks food more evenly and produces instantaneous heat.
No separate propane tank required. You can hook your gas grill directly to your home’s propane source for ultimate convenience.
When the power goes out, so does your comfort and heat. Propane delivers stand-by energy when you need it most.

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Why Use Propane?

The applications for propane are endless. Discover propane through our list of common (and some not so common) propane uses.

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Why Use Propane?

The applications for propane are endless. Discover propane through our list of common (and some not so common) propane uses.

Air heating
  • Dissipating steam vapors
  • Make-up air systems
  • Space heating
  • Sterilizing with hot air (other than cotton seed sterilizing)
Additional outdoor living
  • Fireplaces (wide variety of freestanding, built-in options), Patio Heaters (wide variety of freestanding, built-in options), Pool & Spa Heaters, Sauna Heaters
Asphalt melting (including tar, pitch, and similar materials)
  • Under fired tanks for kettles
  • Tanks or kettles fired with immersion tubes
  • Pavement heaters
Auto propane
  • Vehicle fleet
  • Forklift fleet
Bottling
  • Make-up air systems
  • Space heating
  • Package Boilers
  • Hot Water
Bread and pastry baking (including crackers, cookies, cakes, pies, etc.)
  • 'Peel' ovens: direct and indirect brick-set types. portable sheet metal types
  • Continuous 'band' ovens (including long horizontal 'traveler' types)
  • Rotary hearth ovens
  • 'Traveler' ovens (close-coupled type, including small reel types)
  • Vertical reel type ovens
Brick yard applications (brick, sewer tile, etc.)
  • Round down-draft kilns ('beehive' type)
  • Box type kiln (flower pots, etc.)
  • Continuous kilns (including tunnel and progressive kilns)
  • Dry kilns for brick or tile
Central heating
  • Furnaces, Air Handling, Boilers (hydronic systems - radiant and in-floor)
Ceramic applications (other than brick yard, glass-house, and vitreous enameling)
  • Pottery kilns
  • Decorative tile kilns
  • Pottery mould drying
Chemical plant applications
  • Reverberatory furnaces
Clay drying in continuous ovens and towers (including mould baking ovens and shell mould ovens)
  • Drawer type core ovens
  • Car and rack type core ovens
  • Continuous core ovens (vertical type)
  • Shell mould drying ovens
Construction heating
  • Space heaters
  • Aggregate heaters
  • Portable generators
Cooking - indoor
  • Cooktops
  • Conventional Ranges (wide variety of options, features)
  • Commercial Ranges (various options, including BBQ, griddle, etc.)
  • Char Broilers
Cooking - outdoor
  • BBQ - portable, free-standing, built-in (various options and features)
  • Fryers (variety of options - poultry, seafood, etc.)
  • Smokers BBQ Outlet Box (connect your BBQ to your bulk propane supply)
Cottage/cabin applications (in addition to residential applications)
  • Indoor Gas Lighting (ceiling and wall-mounted options)
  • Propane Toilets (no plumbing required)
  • BBQ Outlet Box (connect your BBQ to your bulk propane supply)
  • Refrigerators & Freezers
Deep fat frying (potato chips, etc.)
  • Under-fired deep fat kettles
  • Deep fat kettles fired with immersion tubes, and immersion tubes and recirculation
Die casting
  • Die casting pots (including 'goose-neck' heaters)
  • Molding pots for die casting
  • Patented die casting machines
Direct flame applications
  • Armature baking ovens (including coils, windings, etc.)
  • Soldering by direct flame
  • Burn-off paint and other combustibles (from conveyer fixtures, scrap metal, etc.)
  • 'Flame curtain' burners or doors of furnaces (usually large)
  • Chicken singeing
Driveway & sidewalk safety
  • Heated Driveway/Sidewalk (in-ground, hydronic heating), Torches (ice melting)
Drying after washing (not including dry-off or burn-off ovens in industrial finishing systems)
  • Barrel and drum dying
  • Leather drying
  • Metal parts drying in box-type, conveyor, tumbler, or rotary ovens
  • Rug and carpet drying
  • Laundry dryers
Drying, baking and curing (miscellaneous applications)
  • Armature baking ovens (including coils, windings, etc.)
  • Asphalt drying (after coating pipe, roofing paper, etc.)
  • Candy drying (including corn candy)
  • Carbon baking
  • Cement block curing rooms
  • Chemical dryers or dehydrators (including heavy industrial chemicals)
  • Coating drying inside vessels (including brewery vats, tank cars, etc.)
  • Cork products drying
  • Felt products drying (hats, etc.)
  • Gasket curing ovens (including brake linings)
  • Line baking on wires or rods
  • Lumber drying kilns
  • Leather drying or curing
  • Melting kilns and malt ovens
  • Pecan dryers
  • Pharmaceutical drying (including fine chemicals)
  • Plastic curing ovens
  • Rubber products curing
  • Salt dryers and evaporators
  • Sludge dehydration (brewery slops, sewage waste, etc.)
Egg and milk dryers
  • Powdered eggs, coffee and milk dryers
Emergency power
  • Stand-by generator systems (wide variety of options - portable, permanent)
Flare stack pilots
  • Flare stack pilots
Floor buffers
  • Floor buffers
Floor mould drying (including ingot moulds)
  • Drying floor moulds with air heaters and direct firing
Forging - brass and aluminum
  • Continuous furnaces (usually fired with recirculating air heater)
Forging - steel
  • Standard box-type forge furnaces
  • End-heating box-type forge furnaces (including brass drum furnaces, over-and-under fired slot forges and others that have no hearth)
  • Rotary hearth forge furnaces
  • High-temperature welding forges (2800 degrees and up)
  • Ingot forges for heating single large ingots
  • Continuous pusher-type or walking beam forge furnaces
  • 'Drag' furnaces
  • Small utility forges (including smith's forges)
  • Rivet forges
Galvanizing
  • Galvanizing kettles (all types)
Garage & shop heating
  • Radiant Heaters (wide variety of capacities), In-Floor Heating (hydronic), Suspended Heaters, Space Heaters (wall-mounted, baseboard, free-standing)
Glass house applications - Lehrs
  • Annealing lehrs
  • Decorating lehrs
  • Plate glass or window glass lehrs
Glass house applications - melting
  • Dry tanks
  • Continuous direct-fired tanks, non-regenerative
  • 'Deep-eye' pot furnaces
  • Standby oil burners on regenerative furnaces (including revolving pots)
  • Continuous direct-fired regenerative
  • Feeders and forehearths (including fiberglass 'noses')
  • Special reverberatory furnaces
Glass house applications - miscellaneous
  • Continuous glazing or fire polishing
  • Glory holes
  • Mould preheating ovens
  • Glass wool curing ovens (including fiberglass curing)
  • Glass bending
Grain dryers
  • Ricer dryers
  • Corn and seed dryers: tower, rotary drum and small portable types
Gypsum and fiber board ovens (including gypsum block and roofing)
  • All types of continuous ovens for drying gypsum, fiberboard shingles, etc.
  • Heat Treating (direct-fired furnaces or ovens not using recirculating fans or special atmospheres)
  • Oven or box-type furnaces
  • Continuous annealing or normalizing furnaces
  • Alloy link-belt ore wire-belt conveyor-type furnaces for lighter products
  • Roller-hearth, walking-beam, or pusher-type furnaces for heavier products
  • Car-type annealing or normalizing furnaces used in forge plants, foundries and steel mills, and for malleable annealing, curbizing for cycle annealing, spheroidizing and homogenizing of large parts
  • Lead hardening parts and salt bath (including cyanide)
  • Molten lead, cyanide, or special salts heated in iron, steel, or alloy pots
  • Rapid-heating-before-quenching or miscellaneous steel parts to carburize and/or harden surface of parts after machining
  • Wire patenting
  • Incinerators
  • Crematories
  • Fume and smoke incinerators
Hot water
  • Conventional heaters
  • Boiler packages
Ladle drying and preserving
  • Foundry ladle (including handing hand, bull, and mixing ladles, etc.)
  • Large steel mill ladles (including bull and mixing ladles, etc.)
Laundromats
  • Hot water
  • Clothes drying
Laundry
  • Clothes Dryers
Lawn care
  • Torches (chemical-free weed control)
  • Flamers (chemical-free weed control)
  • Propane-Powered lawn mowers
Lighting - outdoor
  • Decorative Gaslights (wall, post, ceiling-mounted, portable, table-top), Decorative Torches
Lithograph ovens - tinplate
  • Large continuous ovens for lithographing cans, closures, etc. (including coating ovens)
Metal melting - crucible furnaces
  • Stationary crucible furnaces (including pit types) for melting brass, bronze, aluminum, monel, etc.
  • Tilting crucible furnaces for melting brass, bronze, aluminum, monel, etc.
  • Jewelers' furnace (including assay furnaces)
  • Small crucibles for melting gold and silver
  • Crucible retorts with special hoods for melting highly volatile metals
Metal melting - iron or alloy steel pots or kettles (not including die casting, galvanizing, wire patenting or heat treating or lead hardening)
  • Aluminum melting in pots or kettles
  • Magnesium melting
  • Lead, antimony, tin and zinc melting pots for melting only, not coating
  • Tin pots and lead coating pots
  • Flux tanks
  • Stereotype pots in newspaper offices
Metal melting - reverberatory furnaces (including smelting and refining)
  • Tilting open-flame melting furnaces for brass, monel, nickel, etc., and sometimes special iron or steel alloys
  • Box-shaped reverberatory melting furnaces for lead, tin, aluminum, die-casting, metal, zinc, etc.
  • Large direct-fired 'air furnaces' or open hearths (non-regenerative type) used for making malleable iron, smelting nickel ore, etc.
  • 'Sweating' furnaces for separating metals of different melting points
Metal melting - special applications
  • Molding ladles and furnaces (not including die casting)
  • Cupola forehearths in iron foundries
Miscellaneous
  • Asphalt cooking still (vertical tube type)
  • Bone charring retort (filter charcoal)
  • Carbon black applications
  • Crematorium for mortuaries
  • High-temperature cement kilns
  • Cupola lighting
  • Gypsum cooking kettles (including calcining kettles)
  • Hog singeing
  • Ice cream cone machines
  • Laboratory hot plates
  • Line heaters (pipeline regulator stations)
  • Piloting large boiler burners
  • Pimento roasting
  • Rock heating for steam bath
  • Rock wool melting furnaces (reverberatory)
  • Roll heating (roofing machinery rolls, paper mill rolls, etc.)
  • Sewage gas disposal
  • Small utility furnaces for miscellaneous heating of small shapes
  • Vertical lime kilns (both slip and stick kilns)
Orchard heating
  • Stand-by generators
  • Wind generators
Paint drying - batch type ovens (including japanning, etc., and spring tempering)
  • Paint drying with single-flow and recirculating air heaters
Paintball guns
  • Paintball Guns
Paper products drying (not including press applications)
  • Batch-type ovens for paper plates, postage stamps, etc.
  • Continuous ovens for blueprint paper, paper toys, etc.
Pest control
  • Mosquito attractants
  • Bird cannons
Plastic torching
  • Plastic Torching
Poultry brooders
  • Chicken, turkey and other commercially raised fowl
  • Burning animal waste
Printing press applications
  • Hot air drying of ink on paper, cellophane, glassine, aluminum foil, etc.
  • Lithograph ovens for paper
  • Burning off printing rolls
Recreational vehicle (RV)
  • Heating (indoory systems installed by manufacturer)
  • Hot Water (installed by manufacturer)
  • Lighting (indoor systems installed by manufacturer)
  • Cooking (indoor systems installed by manufacturer)
  • Portable Outdoor Lighting
  • Portable Outdoor Heating (various sytels, capacities)
  • Outdoor Cooking (connect BBQ or camp stove to RV supply
Refrigerant
  • Smoke Houses - Meat Processing
  • Direct-flame smoke house applications used for igniting saw-dust as well as curing meat
  • Air heater smoke house applications
Restaurants
  • Ranges
  • Deep fryers
  • Char broilers
  • Chicken rotisseries
  • Grills
Road construction
  • Aggregate heat
  • Road pre-heating, heating and patching
Rotary dryers and calciner (not including rotary drum dryers for metal parts)
  • Rotary sand, gravel, or crushed stone dryers
  • Rotary calcining kilns or dryers (not including cement kilns) used for drying kaolin, fuller's earth, bauxite, kyanite, etc.
  • Rotary haydite kilns (lightweight aggregates)
  • High temperature applications (above 220 degrees F.)
Smoke houses - meat processing
  • Direct-flame smoke house applications used for igniting saw-dust as well as curing meat
  • Air heater smoke house applications
Soap drying
  • Soap towers (large volume drying of soap flakes or powder)
  • Batch-type soap drying ovens
Soil sterilization
  • Remediation projects
Solution heating for industrial washing or cleaning (using internally-fired immersion tubes)
  • Spray washers and industrial washing machines
  • Caustic, cleaning, or rinse heating in steel tanks (dip tanks)
  • Acid solution heating
  • Water quench tanks with immersion tubes (including all applications in which work enters solution at higher temperature than solution)
  • Solution heating in takes for circulation through work for cleaning, etc. (other than spray nozzles)
Spa, sauna and pool heating
  • Spa, Sauna and Pool Heating
Space heating
  • Boiler systems, including in-floor
  • Fireplaces (inserts, built-in, free-standing, log sets)
  • Forced air
  • Hybrid systems
  • Radiant heaters
  • Space Heaters (wall-mounted, baseboard, free-standing)
  • Wall Furnaces
Special steel mill applications
  • Soaking pits
  • Slow-cooling pits and furnaces
  • Sheet mill roll heating
  • Ore thawing
  • Sintering beds
  • Ore roasting (not thawing)
Steel mill heating furnaces
  • Continuous pusher-type
  • Heating steel for rolling mills
  • Soaking pits
  • Billet or slab heating furnaces (including rail heating furnaces)
  • Rod heating furnaces
Test kilns and fusion furnaces
  • High temperature test furnace
Textile applications
  • Ironing
  • Tenter frames (including tenter dryers)
  • Tumbler dryer (chenille)
  • Slashers
  • Carbonizers
  • Singeing cloth
  • Impregnating and coating ovens
  • Loop dryers (including festoon dryers)
  • Calendar roll drying
Varnish kettles
  • Standard varnish kettles
  • Special large process units
Vitreous enameling applications
  • Batch-type vitreous
  • Car-type vitreous enameling furnaces
  • Frit smelting furnaces
  • Frit drying
  • Dry-off oven for vitreous enameling
Water heating
  • Conventional Water Heaters (tank type - chimney)
  • Power Vent Water Heaters (tank type - through the wall)
  • Direct Vent (tank type - through the wall)
  • On-Demand (tankless - chimney)
  • On-Demand (tankless - through the wall)
  • Boilers (wide variety of capacities, options, packages)
Weed control
  • Torches
  • Burners and flamers

Propane Safety

Your safety is our priority. Follow our propane safety guidelines to keep everyone in your household safe.

Never disconnect a propane line

Disconnecting propane lines for the purpose of “bleeding” or purging air from them is potentially dangerous and must only be done by trained technicians.

Smell gas?

In its natural state, propane is colorless and odorless. As a safety precaution, an odorant is added which gives propane a distinct, noticeable odor. It’s a built-in safety signal.

Be alert for propane odor in areas where propane is used. Even a faint odor may indicate a potentially hazardous situation. If you suspect a propane leak, follow these procedures:

If You Suspect a Leak

How would I check for a leak?

Propane is both odourless and colourless when produced. However, to make the presence of propane detectable, an odour-producing substance is added to it by propane producers. This odourant has a distinctive “rotten cabbage” smell which is consumed and is not noticeable when an appliance is operating.

If you detect such an odour, don’t light a match or turn an electrical switch on or off. Turn off the cylinder valve, ventilate the area, and search out the source of the leak.

Your propane system should be checked periodically for leaks even if the characteristic “rotten cabbage” odour is not detected.

Before using a propane appliance, particularly if you have just connected a cylinder to it, check for leaks using the following method:

  1. Make up a solution of dishwasher soap and water.
  2. Turn on the cylinder valve with the appliance shut off.
  3. Spread the soap and water solution over the hose and the connections with a paintbrush.
    Any leaks will result in bubbles forming in the solution.
  4. If a leak is detected, shut off the cylinder valve.
  5. Repair any leak (follow manufacturer's instructions).
  6. Repeat 1), 2) and 3) until no leak is detected before operating the appliance.
    If you cannot stop the leak, consult a certified Propane Technician.
    Never check for leaks with a lighted match, cigarette lighter, or other flame.

I think I smell “gas”.

  • Extinguish all smoking materials and other open flames.
  • Immediately leave the premises in an orderly manner - walking quickly or running across a room may create static electricity and ignite a leak.
  • Avoid turning light switches on or off. Do not use the telephone. Do not unplug fan motors - or anything that could create a spark.
  • Shut-off the gas supply using the service valve at the tank, cylinder or meter.
  • Go to the nearest phone off-premises, and call Sparlings.
  • Stay out of the building until the leak or problem has been identified and repaired.
  • We strongly recommend that a qualified Propane Technician re-lights your propane appliances and equipment.
  • Some people believe incorrectly that the smell of propane gas is simply a signal that their cylinder or tank is nearly empty. When a tank is almost empty, you may notice an odour (i.e. when range top burners ignite). However, if this odour persists, you may have a propane leak.
  • A persistent gas odour is your signal to TAKE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY ACTION.
  • Contact your Sparlings Branch for additional information specific to your propane installation.

“I don't smell gas...”

A variety of factors including colds, allergies, age, and the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs may reduce a person’s ability to detect propane by smell alone.

Cooking odours or other strong odours present may cover up or “mask” the smell of propane.

On occasion, propane may lose its distinctive odour. This is called “Odourant Fade”. Air, water and rust may weaken the gas odour, especially if the tank service valve was left open after the cylinder or tank was empty. The same may occur with a brand-new cylinder or tank left sitting with the service valve open, allowing moisture and air to enter the cylinder or tank. These conditions may permit rust to develop inside the cylinder or tank.

Propane may also lose its effective odour if a leak occurs underground.

Can’t smell gas?

Under some conditions, certain individuals may not be able to rely on their sense of smell. It is generally recommended to consider installing one or more propane gas detectors in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Relighting pilot lights

We strongly recommend that a Sparlings technician, or another qualified propane technician, light your pilot lights. However, if you choose to light your own appliances, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Properly store combustible materials

Keep combustible materials, like gasoline, kerosene and cleaners, away from propane appliances - preferably outside.

Conduct regular maintenance

Have your propane system and appliances inspected periodically by a qualified propane technician.

Stay out

Stay out of areas where you suspect a gas leak. If you are in such an area, leave immediately, call Sparlings - and stay out of the area until the problem is corrected.

Qualified technicians

Permit only properly trained, qualified propane technicians service your appliances or propane system.

Repeated pilot outages

Pilot lights which repeatedly go out may indicate a hazardous condition. Contact your Sparlings Branch for Service.

Do not tamper

Do not tamper with, or use tools to operate, tank or appliance controls. If a control appears difficult to operate by hand, call a qualified propane technician immediately.

Proper ventilation

Propane requires a large volume of air to burn properly. Proper ventilation is essential. 

Follow manufacturer’s instructions

To ensure safe installation, operation and maintenance of your appliances, always read and follow manufacturer's instructions.

Store propane outside

Store your propane cylinders outdoors. Period.

Transport propane safely

One of many great advantages of propane is its portability. Remember to securely transport (and store) propane cylinders in an upright position.

  • Avoid transporting propane cylinders in the passenger compartment of any vehicle - or without closing and securing the service valve.
  • Never keep a propane cylinder inside a car or van, or in the trunk of a car. Heat may cause the pressure relief valve to open and release propane.
New home inspection

When you move into a new home, have a qualified propane technician inspect the entire propane system. At Sparlings, this inspection service is called a Gas Appliance System Check, or GASCheck®. 

After a snowstorm

Keep a clear path to your tanks for winter delivery. Check for debris or if your tank shifts during a bad storm.

After a flood

If your appliances or equipment has been flooded, have them inspected by a qualified propane technician before using again.

Approved connections

Make sure only approved piping, valves and fittings are used in your piping system.

Inhalation

Intentional misuse by deliberately concentration and inhaling propane can be harmful and fatal.

Vandalism

Common sense suggests to most of us that intentional misuse of propane equipment is potentially dangerous. Report all cases of vandalism to Sparlings.