A popular and often preferred source for temperature control, appliances and cooking in the home, propane is also widely used by a variety of industries. Industries use propane gas because it’s safe, clean, has a high energy density and is an economical, versatile fuel with many uses. Wildhorse Propane & Appliances, serving the propane needs of Salinas, Monterey County, and large portions of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties, also delivers propane to a variety of industries.
Which industries use propane and why?
- Metal melting.
In addition to these industries using propane for specialized process, many also rely on propane-powered vehicles such as fueling their fleet vehicles, forklifts, farm and ranch vehicles and generators. The National Propane Gas association (NGPA) reports that more than 500,000 forklifts are run on propane gas.
Wildhorse Propane & Appliances serves residential, agricultural and industrial needs for propane in Salinas and the wider region.
Manufacturing uses for propane
Propane is used in the manufacture of plastics, to fuel machinery, generators and vehicles, and to generate heat needed for some processing. Propane is also used in the production of synthetic vulcanized rubber, aerosol propellants, and solvents.
In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approved the use of propane as a refrigerant (R-290) for retail refrigerators and freezers.
Warehouse uses for propane
Warehouses rely on forklifts and propane is the most efficient fuel. Because it is clean-burning fuel with lower emissions that gasoline or diesel, it is suitable for indoor operations.
Propane is also used to provide heat to work areas and often to heat an entire operation. Portable propane heaters are popular for providing heat for smaller, well-ventilated work areas.
Propane torches are also used to make certain types of repairs.
Agricultural uses for propane
Along with fueling farm vehicles and equipment, propane is a source for heating barns and stables to keep livestock warm, heating drinking water for livestock, flame weeding certain kinds of crops to reduce the reliance on herbicides and fueling irrigation pumps.
Crop drying by propane is a common process for crops such as hay, corn, tobacco, soybeans and shelled peanuts.
Metal melting and propane
Propane is used to melt a variety of metals, including aluminum, bronze, brass, gold and silver. It burns at the necessary high temperatures to melt the metals in crucible furnaces.
Propane is also a component used by the steel manufacturing industry.
The local propane professionals
Wildhorse Propane & Appliances has been serving the needs for propane in Salinas, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties since 1980. The local, family-owned company delivers propane, propane canisters, and provides propane services for residential, agricultural and industrial needs.
The company’s services include propane tank delivery and installation, propane delivery on a regular route or by appointment, underground gas line installation and appliance sales, featuring leading brands in refrigerators, stoves, ovens, washers, dryers and more.
Services also include filling tanks for your RVs, forklifts, propane vehicles tank, and other agricultural and industrial equipment.
Propane users, and those interested in using propane for home or business can learn more from Wildhorse Propane & Appliances by clicking on the following links:
- Tips on propane safety.
- Propane gas tanks.
- Propane appliances.
- Information about a variety of propane topics.
Or, give them a call to start service and get your questions answered.