From Snowflake, Arizona, to Magdalena, New Mexico — and plenty of other cities and towns nearby — there are countless job sites dealing with unpredictable winter temperature swings. These sites and the workers on them need dependable temperature control even when the night drops below freezing.
At Sierra Propane, we supply temporary heating equipment and premium propane to power it. These temp heat solutions are invaluable in keeping building projects on track.
Job sites are inherently vulnerable to sudden drops in temperatures, and winter in our part of the country can be particularly extreme. When your building project experiences regular 30+ degree swings between high and low temperatures, the ramifications are significant. The problems you face include:
When you make the investment in dependable, powerful temporary heating equipment, you can ensure steady temperatures that protect your workers and your project.
Propane generates a lot of heat. One gallon of it can produce 91,452 Btu’s of heat energy. Even a small temporary heating unit can generate a robust 35,000 Btu’s of heat. (Larger units can generate several million Btu’s!) These products will heat the air to 120°F or higher.
And today’s models have efficiency technology like electronic modulating burner controls and remote space thermostats, which adjust your fuel use. You can use a propane temporary heater without accessing an electricity or natural gas utility. Just attach the unit to an on-site propane tank or a portable propane cylinder, and you’ll have effective, efficient heat for your site.
Propane is also clean-burning to safeguard your workers’ air quality. It contains no methane and emits virtually no particulate matter. Propane emits lower amounts of carbon monoxide, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide than many other fuels.
Having a ready supply of propane on your work site ensures that you can power many pieces of crucial equipment. In addition to temporary heating, propane can fuel the following items:
When your building project or other outdoor job site depends on propane, the team at Sierra Propane has the dedication, experience and insight to help you form a customized temp heat and fueling plan. We rent and sell portable salamander heaters, and our team members can help you determine the best, most efficient heating configuration for your site. We can set up your heating, install a propane tank or propane cylinder cage and arrange a bulk propane delivery schedule.
With Sierra Propane, you can be confident that we’re committed to your project’s success. Reach out to us to arrange propane temporary heating.
If you use propane in your Arizona or New Mexico home, you might have heard it referred to as “liquid propane” or “liquid petroleum gas.” This might seem contradictory. How can something be both a liquid and a gas?
Propane can exist as both a liquid or a gas depending upon the temperature and the pressure on it. When you need to store or transport propane, you place it in a compressed container — a portable cylinder, home propane tank or propane delivery truck, for example — where it’s in a liquid state.
When you need to use propane in a home heating system, water heater, grill or other gas-fired product, pressure is relieved, and it reverts to its gaseous state. It then travels through a gas line to an appliance’s burner, where it ignites and produces a flame.
Conventional propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction or oil refining. More than 70% of propane in the U.S. comes from natural gas production. When we extract natural gas from a well, heavier petroleum fuels, including propane, butane and ethane, come with it. These fuels are separated to prevent condensation on natural gas pipes. They’re then packaged for separate distribution.
When crude oil is refined to produce gasoline, diesel and other distillates, propane is separated as a lighter petroleum product.
An increasing amount of U.S. propane comes from renewable sources like used cooking oil, municipal waste, plant oils, woody biomass, and animal fats. This renewable propane is even more eco-friendly than conventional propane (which is already a low-emissions energy source), but it can be used in propane equipment without modification. Look for renewable propane’s production footprint to grow in the coming years.
Propane is an exceptionally efficient and versatile energy source. Because it’s stored in on-site tanks, it offers fantastic energy independence. Households in Eagar, Snowflake and other communities in our service area count on propane for a range of home products, including the following:
If you need dependable propane delivery for your home or commercial space, reach out to the team at Sierra Propane. We offer responsive service and free automatic delivery. You can rest assured that your gas-fired equipment will have adequate energy all year round.
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If you manage a business requiring heavy lifting and moving, you know the importance of having a well-maintained, dependable, safe forklift fleet. Ever since the first forklift started rolling in 1917, the way we have powered them has evolved.
Propane has powered forklifts since the 1950s and remains an incredibly popular energy source today. Here are some ways that propane forklifts offer efficiency and productivity to Sierra Propane customers.
We know from experience that commercial enterprises often need their forklifts to work both indoors and outdoors. That presents a problem for gasoline, diesel and electric forklifts. Gas and diesel motors generate combustion byproducts that render them unsafe for indoor use. Electric forklifts can’t operate well in wet conditions.
A well-maintained propane forklift will meet or exceed nationwide indoor air quality standards, and you won’t need to worry about the rain when it runs outside.
Electric forklifts slow down as their battery power runs out. This fade can be especially apparent when they are carrying heavier loads or traveling up inclines. But you do not see any fade with a propane forklift. Propane forklifts operate at full capacity until their last drop of fuel.
Even a perfectly maintained forklift isn’t much good if it has no power. While both a fully-powered battery and a full forklift propane cylinder will typically power a forklift for about eight hours, propane vehicles generally have less downtime. An electric forklift may require significant recharging time, costing you valuable working hours. With a propane forklift, your employee only needs to exchange the empty cylinder for a full one. There’s virtually no downtime.
Investing in a propane forklift fleet is typically much less expensive than an electric forklift fleet. You won’t need to pay for pricy items like additional batteries or charging stations. You can also rest easy knowing that propane’s price tends to be more stable than other energy sources (and lower than diesel and gasoline). That’s because propane is a predominately U.S.-produced fuel, which somewhat insulates it from the ups and downs of global energy markets.
Businesses in Cibola, Catron and Socorro counties in New Mexico and Navajo and Apache counties in Arizona trust Sierra Propane to keep their forklift fleets moving without interruption. We have developed two time-tested forklift propane programs for these operations:
Reach out to the Sierra Propane team to get started receiving propane for your forklift fleet.
The nights in Springerville, Snowflake, Magdalena, Quemado and other Arizona and New Mexico communities are getting pretty frigid these days. If you run a business that conducts overnight operations outdoors, then temporary heating is a must.
At Sierra Propane, we help work sites, agricultural businesses and other commercial clients stay efficient, comfortable and profitable with propane-fired temp heat. Here are some reasons our customers appreciate the outdoor comfort propane provides.
Propane generates a lot of heat — 91,452 Btu per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
This superior heat generation means propane heating equipment can warm air to 120°F or higher. That’s way more than an electric model can manage. Why is this so essential? In our part of the country, winter temperatures can swing widely between day and night. These fluctuations cause paint, plaster, cement and drywall mud to crack and fracture. Dependable propane heat will prevent this and ensure a building site stays on track and under budget.
Sustained freezing temperatures may create ice in pipes and ruin plants in greenhouses. They can severely affect the comfort and safety of employees. Animals in barns and other outbuildings need proper heating, too. Propane-powered temporary heat brings peace of mind across the board.
Propane produces reliable and robust heat while keeping the air around you cleaner than other energy sources. Propane is green. It has a lower carbon intensity (CI) score than diesel or gasoline. Additionally, propane’s CI is far lower than the grid electricity generated in Arizona and New Mexico, which relies heavily on coal and natural gas.
Propane is also safe for the air quality and your employees. It emits no methane, virtually no particulate matter and very little nitrogen or sulfur oxide.
Finally, propane temporary heat is better for your bottom line. Propane is a largely American-made fuel, which insulates it quite a bit from global energy markets. Propane’s per gallon rate is consistently lower (and more stable) than diesel and gasoline. Propane burns incredibly efficiently in temporary heating equipment, meaning that almost every cent of your fuel dollar goes to keeping your workers and site warm, not out an exhaust vent.
No company in our region has a better track record of heating commercial sites safely than Sierra Propane. We not only offer reliable, responsive commercial propane delivery , but we also sell, rent, install and service temporary heating equipment. Work sites and farms love our top-of-the-line portable salamander heaters. You can trust our expert team to right-size your heating solution, install your equipment and connect it to your propane tank safely.
Need suspended heaters? Sierra Propane sells and installs them to your exact specifications.
The friendly technicians at Sierra Propane are ready to help solve your outdoor heating issues. Please take a moment to contact us and get started.
In a recent survey, an astonishing 96 percent of professional chefs said their preferred cooking fuel was gas. If you poke your head into almost any professional kitchen, you’ll see rows of gas flames. At Sierra Propane, we can attest that New Mexico and Arizona homeowners love the propane gas stoves and propane-powered off-grid kitchen appliances we sell.
Propane ranges offer energy efficiency, superior temperature control and quicker cooking times. So why are lawmakers in New York, California and other states talking about banning gas stoves?
The debate surrounding gas ranges involves their effect on air quality in the home. Some studies have claimed that gas stoves have a negative impact on the air we breathe. For example, a December 2022 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health concluded that “12.7% of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributed to gas stove use.”
These concerns about respiratory issues are significant, but they aren’t as cut-and-dry as some claim.
While we often see the term “gas stoves” in this debate, the studies in question primarily focus on natural gas stoves, not propane. A January 2022 Stanford study found of natural gas stoves, “In addition to methane emissions, co-emitted health-damaging air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) are released into home air and can trigger respiratory diseases.”
Propane contains no methane, which is the primary component of natural gas. Similarly, studies dealing with nitrogen oxides, 2016 study at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, concern natural gas appliances, not propane.
There’s also discussion about particulate matter, the microscopic solids or liquid droplets so small that they can be inhaled and cause health problems. But all cooking produces particulate matter, regardless of whether it involves natural gas, propane, wood or electricity.
Indeed, considerable research refutes the claim that gas cooking is bad for respiratory health. For example, a Lancet Respiratory Medicine abstract found “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.”
The most important thing you can do to prevent poor air quality near your stove is to ensure good ventilation, whether a high-quality hood and fan or an open window. Dr. Ravi Kalhan of Northwestern University suggested in the New York Times article that an air purifier with a HEPA filter can effectively lower the level of nitrogen oxides.
If you’re looking for a way to elevate your home kitchen in Cibola, Catron or Socorro County in New Mexico, or Navajo or Apache County in Arizona, Sierra Propane is here to help. We sell a variety of top-quality propane products for your home and outdoor spaces. Our professional technicians will work with you to find the right product and get it installed promptly and safely.
Reach out to Sierra Propane to begin exploring your gas-fired appliance choices.
The New Mexico and Arizona households we serve can always count on Sierra Propane for dependable propane delivery they don’t have to worry about. With our free Auto Fill program, you don’t even need to contact us for your fuel. Our state-of-the-art system tracks your propane consumption, and we preemptively schedule a delivery right when you need it.
From Snowflake, AZ, to Magdalena, NM — and plenty of other towns in our service area — our customers trust us to fill their propane tanks before they run low. Sometimes, they have questions about the fill percentage on the tank gauge. We want to clarify why your gauge sometimes seems lower than expected after a propane delivery.
On top of your home’s propane tank, there’s a small dome. This is a lid that covers your tank gauge. When you lift it, you’ll see a gauge resembling a speedometer with numbers from 5 to 95. You can read this gauge to confirm the percentage fill of your tank.
A tank gauge measures the volume of your propane (how much space it takes up) using a float on the end of a stem.
Forgive us if there’s a little bit of high school chemistry talk here. Propane is delivered and stored as a liquid, and the volume of the propane is largely dependent on outside temperatures. Like water, propane expands as the temperature rises. But propane’s volume increases nearly 17 times the volume of water over the same temperature increase.
When temperatures drop, some people may reasonably wonder if they received the right amount of propane. Consider this scenario:
If you have any questions about your tank’s fill percentage when we deliver your propane, feel free to speak with our driver. We’ll confirm precisely how many gallons were added to your tank.
The volume expansion that propane experiences in hot weather also presents a safety concern. You might notice we never fill your propane tank higher than 80%. This is a standard safety practice for propane companies. Leaving 20% of your tank empty allows your fuel to safely expand when outdoor temperatures rise.
Our experienced team is always at your service, providing ways to ensure total confidence in your home’s propane supply, including Auto Fill, convenient tank leasing and even wireless tank monitoring services.
To take advantage of Sierra Propane’s fantastic slate of propane delivery services, reach out to us today.
Exciting new restaurants are opening daily from Snowflake, Arizona, to Magdalena, New Mexico, and plenty of cities and towns in between. Whether you run a mainstay burger joint, a diner with amazing breakfast burritos or a bistro where every couple celebrates their anniversary, there’s a decent chance that you need propane in some capacity.
At Sierra Propane, we proudly deliver bulk propane to restaurants in Arizona and New Mexico. This premium fuel powers equipment for many of our service area’s most popular dining spots!
Professional chefs overwhelmingly prefer cooking with gas over electricity. Propane can power cooktops, stoves, vat fryers, griddles, grills, steam cookers and warming stations.
Propane cooking equipment offers some fantastic benefits for commercial kitchens, including:
And Energy Star-rated propane kitchen equipment offers some of the best energy savings. Consider these improvement percentages over standard appliances.
[Source: Propane Education & Research Council]
In short, if there’s a product that roasts, sears, fries, grills, flambés, warms or steams food at your restaurant, propane can fuel it!
A restaurant needs more than cooking appliances to provide an appealing dining experience. Commercial kitchens and dining rooms require ample hot water to wash dishes, pots, pans, utensils, tablecloths and other essential items.
When you need robust hot water for your restaurant, propane fits the bill. A propane water heater can generate roughly double the amount of water in an hour that an electric water heater of the same capacity can. And propane water heaters save you space too. You can get the same water delivery from a 40-gallon propane unit as a 50-gallon electric unit.
When you have al fresco diners at your restaurant, you want to ensure they stay comfortable even when the evenings get chilly. Propane patio heaters can deliver robust warmth for up to 10 hours with a single 20-pound cylinder. And these products provide a wide sphere of radiant heat — up to a 25-foot radius!
Restaurant owners and managers who want their guests captivated can’t go wrong with decorative fire features powered by propane. These stunning amenities include:
These fire displays are clean-burning, easy to turn on and off and can be powered affordably.
Propane is an efficient, eco-friendly, American-made fuel that works with countless systems and appliances for your restaurant. Sierra Propane’s team offers dependable fuel delivery and expert propane equipment services . Our trained and experienced team can be your full-service commercial fuel partner.
Get in touch with Sierra Propane today, and we can start developing a restaurant fuel plan tailored to your specific business.
We get a lot of questions from customers about the fuel we deliver. Where does propane come from? What’s in it? How is propane different from natural gas? We are always more than happy to give you the facts about this efficient, affordable, American-made fuel.
Most propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction and crude oil refining, but some also comes from organic and recycled products. About 90 percent of the propane used in our country is U.S.-made. Indeed, we export more propane than we use.
Here’s a breakdown of what your propane is made of and where it comes from.
Over three-quarters of American propane comes from natural gas production. Natural gas wells extract other fuels, such as butane, ethane and pentane. The largest co-product is propane. To avert condensation in pipelines meant for natural gas, propane must be separated from liquid compounds during this process.
When crude oil is refined into various petroleum products, propane can be extracted. During the stabilization phase of the refining process, heavier hydrocarbons fall to the bottom, and lighter hydrocarbons, including propane, rise to the top. From there, propane can be extracted for separate use.
Though not in wide use today, renewable propane production is growing quite a bit with each passing year.
This product is chemically identical to conventional propane, meaning you don’t have to modify equipment to use it. But just as conventional propane is a co-product of oil and natural gas production, renewable propane can be considered a co-product of biofuel production. Renewable propane is made using some of the same organic and recycled feedstocks as biofuel. These include the following:
Many of the feedstocks are waste products that would otherwise end up in landfills. Renewable propane is carbon neutral at the point of combustion, adding no new carbon to the atmosphere.
Understandably, many customers confuse natural gas and propane. They’re part of the same production process and function similarly in gas-powered systems and appliances. They’re even scented with the same odor. But they are very different fuels.
Propane is denser than natural gas and can be compressed into a liquid form for storage in propane tanks and transportation in trucks, railcars and portable cylinders.
Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, which is lighter than air. (Propane is methane-free.) Consequently, natural gas must be delivered via utility pipes. Propane also produces more than double the heat energy per cubic foot of natural gas!
Our propane delivery trucks are on the road virtually non-stop these days. In Cibola, Catron, and Socorro counties in New Mexico and Navajo and Apache counties in Arizona, households are counting on Sierra Propane to provide the fuel that powers their heating, hot water generation, and major appliances.
Demand is high, as it always is this time of year. Dropping temperatures are making snowy and icy conditions more likely. This all adds up to a challenging situation for our drivers. But you can help us make your propane delivery quickly and safely by taking four simple steps. This will ensure you get your fuel on time and keep our team on schedule.
If there’s ice or snow on your driveway, it’s imperative that you shovel it and put salt or sand down before our driver arrives. Our drivers need a nine- to 10-foot-wide clear path to maneuver. Also, we must be able to safely secure wheel chocks (the tire wedges that prevent trucks from rolling back) when parking on inclines.
Finally, it’s incredibly helpful to mark the borders of your driveway in case snow has covered them.
To be able to fill your propane tank, we need to be able to find your house. This can be hard when branches and snow cover your house number, especially with the sun setting so early at this time of the year. We appreciate it when homeowners clear anything that blocks the number on their house and turn on their exterior lights.
If you really want to make our driver’s day, leave the gate to your property open and clear any snow, ice, vegetation or debris that could block the way to your tank. (Be sure your pet is inside if the gate is open.) This will give our team members an unobstructed pathway for their hose.
Sierra Propane offers customers free Auto Fill delivery. When you enroll in this service, you don’t have to check a tank gauge ever again. Plus, you don’t need to worry about running out of fuel on a cold winter night. The Sierra Propane team calculates your fuel usage based on weather forecasts and the types of propane appliances in your home. Then we deliver propane before your run low.
Having customers on Auto Fill delivery also helps us to manage our delivery schedules and ensure that all our customers stay warm.
Since 1983, the Sierra Propane team has delivered premium fuel and peace of mind to New Mexico and Arizona families. We see it as our family serving your family. During the heating season, that means consistently showing up when our customers need propane to stay warm. It’s a commitment we always keep in our hearts.
Since 1983, Sierra Propane has been providing dependable propane delivery, appliance services and commercial fueling to families and businesses across New Mexico and Arizona. A lot has changed in four decades, but not our dedication to keeping our customers safe and comfortable.
One thing that is different from when we opened shop is how much of daily life is done online. While customers still love speaking to our friendly team members in Magdalena, Quemado, Snowflake and our other local offices, we nonetheless want to make sure you can find everything you need on our site.
So we’ve redesigned the Sierra Propane website with you, the customer, in mind! Our new site is easier to navigate, with more content about our products and services. Here’s what you’ll find:
We hope you’ll save our home page in your browser so you can stay updated on our company and our frequent specials and promotions. And remember, Sierra Propane is always available to help. We want you to count on our family serving your family.
What do you think of our new website? Reach out and let us know!