What Is Propane Made Of?

What Is Propane Made Of?

propane arizonaSierra Propane has provided top-notch propane delivery service to households in Snowflake, AZ, Magdalena, NM, and other communities in our service area for four decades.

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.

How is propane made?

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.

Propane extracted with natural gas

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.

Propane produced during oil refining

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.

Renewable propane and other innovative blends

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.

Is propane the same as natural gas?

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!

Are you looking for dependable propane delivery in Cibola, Catron and Socorro counties in New Mexico, and Navajo and Apache counties in Arizona? Join the family of satisfied Sierra Propane customers!

How To Be Ready for a Winter Propane Delivery

Our drivers appreciate your help when there’s snow and ice

propane delivery new mexico 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.

1. Shovel and salt your driveway.

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.

2. Ensure that your house number is visible.

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.

3. Create an open path to your propane tank.

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.

4. Go automatic!

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.

Sierra Propane — Four decades keeping you warm and comfortable!

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.

Reach out to our team today to become a propane delivery customer.

new website

New features, easier navigation, more information — all with you in mind

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!