Propane Powers Backyard Improvement Projects  

by Pool Builders on 07-13-2014 in Articles

An estimated 12.6 million Americans use propane at their residences for heating, cooking and many other purposes. It is a popular choice because it is easy to store underground and requires little maintenance. The fuel is particularly valuable for cooking and powering generators during power outages, costs half as much per BTU as electricity, and over 90 percent is made in the U.S. A. It is also a popular choice because it is environmentally friendly; the fuel burns clean and does not contaminate aquifers or soil. Additionally, it can be used safety because manufacturers add an unpleasant smell to aid in detecting leaks. Because summer is a popular time to think about home improvement projects such as outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, and decks, keep propane in mind as a power source as you plan your projects.

Backyard improvement projects are designed with spending a great deal of time outdoors in mind, and for some, the option to swim, cook, or entertain outdoors is available year-round. Pools and hot tubs can be enjoyed throughout the year when heated with propane, which heats faster and maintains temperatures more efficiently and cost-effectively than electricity. Pools can be further customized to incorporate firewalls, fireplaces, and fire pits. Patio heaters are another feature that can help you continue to enjoy your backyard into the cooler months of the year. Powered by propane, outdoor heaters can raise the temperature of a 20-foot radius by between 10 and 30 degrees.

Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits can be customized to burn propane. Fire tables and fireplaces are also options for your outdoor living space. Work with a company experienced with designing outdoor fireplaces and fire pits to make sure that your design specifications are carried out, and that the system can operate safely. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to designing your backyard living area, and even old whiskey barrels and mine carts can be retrofitted to burn fuel and be used as a warm, inviting focal point, much like the fireplace in your living room. Once summer is over, continue to enjoy your fire pit by placing a large patio umbrella over the seating area, which will help to retain heat.

Finally, for those interested in a particularly ambitious backyard project, moving your kitchen and living space outdoors during warmer months may be an option for you. Grills, refrigerators, smokers, and even bars and TVs and sophisticated sound systems, can transform your backyard into your living space during the spring, summer, and early fall. Whether your plans for your outdoor kitchen are simple or ambitious, the focus will be the grill. Charcoal and electricity are both cooking options, but there are a number of advantages to selecting a grill that runs on propane. The fuel gives you more control over temperature and allows you to cook food more evenly. Flames are produced immediately, which cuts down the time spent waiting on the burners to warm. Gas grills are also safe because they cool quickly when turned off. Coupled with a fireplace or fire pit, a propane grill can help you enjoy your backyard throughout the year.

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