Backdoor Survival (run by our friend Gaye) has produced a great article on Integrating Propane Into Your Prepping Strategy. The article was written by her technical consultant Chris Newman. I found it informative & a definite read for anyone with our kind-of-mindset…be ready just-in-case!
Here's an excerpt:
What is Propane?
Propane is a gaseous byproduct in the refining of both oil and natural gas. It can be compressed into a liquid at relatively low pressures and will readily convert back into a burnable vapor under any conditions which humans can tolerate. First synthesized in 1910, it has been in commercial production since the 1920′s and the technology of using it at the consumer level is very well refined.
90% of all propane used in the US is from US sources, with 70% of the remaining amount coming from Canada. So, using propane fuel doesn’t fund jihad by our enemies and the money remains within the US economy, which are two of the reasons why I like it, beside the many practical prepping utilities.
Propane combustion is much cleaner than gasoline and other liquid hydrocarbons, though not quite as clean as natural gas combustion. Environmentally, it’s usually greener to cook with propane than with electricity. With a perfect burn, attainable only in theory, the only by-products are heat, carbon dioxide and water vapor. So, it can be used for indoor heating applications, but use a stove that provides a very high combustion efficiency and, especially, a low-oxygen sensor that will shut it down if the O2 gets low.
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Finally! And thank you! I have plans to put a 1000 pound tank underground at my new house. I thought propane was the best thing to have in a grid down situation. I already have propane in my current house, and nothing’s better for cooking, heating and hot water! With a very small house planned, 1000 lbs would last a very long time if rationed. Thanks for cementing my decision!
You’re absolutely welcome, Lori! Thanks for your comment.
I have a propane fireplace. The efficiency it great. a 100 gallon tank covers our needs all winter. Keeping our heat pump bill low. This year we still have 35% of the tank left. So we might have used $100 worth of fuel.
The heat output is awesome, on a cold day in her in Tennessee it will warm the whole house in a matter of minutes. If we ever go without power at least we will have heat.
Thanks for the comment, Michael.