Learn More About Propane Gas and Its Impacts From Local Supplier Acme Fuel

TThe telltale “click, click, click – wash” of your stove, the calming embrace of hot water, the ambience of your fireplace, the ability to get to and from propane gas. Propane makes it possible. But what is propane? How do we get it? How does it affect our lives and the environment and who will help us? Acme Fuel, Thurston County’s favorite supplier of propane, heating oil and gasoline, is one of the leading propane suppliers in our area, and with the help of the Propane Energy and Research Council (PERC) they will teach you all about it.

Acme Fuel supplies propane to residential and commercial customers. Contact their office to learn more about the different types of solutions they offer. Courtesy photo: Acme Fuel Company

What is propane?

You may have heard that propane is called LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas. Although it is a gas, it is usually stored as a liquid after it has been compressed. Since it is non-toxic, colorless and odorless, an identifying (and smelly) fragrance is added to the final product for safety reasons.

Propane can be used for heating, cooking, and as a fuel in certain engine applications such as fleet vehicles and buses, farm equipment, and forklifts.

You can find it on restaurant terraces in heaters, in garden grills, in standby generators and even in heated swimming pools. Propane applications are everywhere and they improve our quality of life.

Early history of propane

Although it feels like propane has always been around, it wasn’t discovered until 1857 by French chemist Marcellin Berthelot.

In 1910, Walter O. Snelling of the US Bureau of Mines identified it as a volatile component in gasoline, marking the beginning of the propane industry.

As with most new discoveries, and especially those of this period, it took several years for propane to reach homes. Over a decade and a half after Snelling’s discovery, and around the time Acme Fuel became a business in 1925, propane products eventually began to be used in households.

By the 1930s it had become so popular that the addition of ethyl mercaptan, or ethanethiol, the tell-tale rotten egg smell used to detect leaks.

By 1947 it was reported that 62% of American households at the time had either propane or natural gas.

Where does it come from?

Acme Fuel family businessAcme Fuel is a local family business that has served Thurston County with fuel since 1925. Courtesy photo: Acme Fuel Company

Propane is primarily a by-product of natural gas processing, but some is obtained from crude oil refining. According to PERC, much of the propane supply in the United States comes from the northeastern United States through shale gas production.

Why do people choose it?

Many people choose propane as a fuel because it is reliable and abundant. It helps to provide energy independently of the power grid. The more propane equipment you have in your house, the better you will do in bad weather.

PERC states that propane was added to the list of approved clean fuels under the Clean Air Act 1990. When using propane, it reduces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and also reduces air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Propane is a great choice for consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Who can I get it from?

Acme Fuel has been fueling the South Sound since 1925. They are Thurston County’s most popular tanker, not only because of their competitive prices, but also because of their unparalleled dedication to customer service and the community.

Their retro building on State Avenue in downtown Olympia is a throwback to a bygone era, as is their high level of customer service that was standard in a bygone era. For Acme, and perhaps this contributes to the longevity of the family business, that commitment to its customers has never diminished.

The reception staff are happy to help customers decide what type of fuel is right for them. And whether it’s auto-fill program participation, new tank installations, an occasional refill, or something else, Acme Fuel is there for you, your home, and your business. They strive not only to satisfy their customers’ needs, but also to educate them about options. Through partnering with PERC, Todd Deck, general manager of Acme, says they send out informative propane brochures to all of their customers annually.

Advances in propane

Acme Fuel mascotAcme Fuel’s fluffy mascot is ready to help you get the propane and other fuels you need to keep yourself cozy. Courtesy photo: Acme Fuel Company

Propane has certainly come a long way and is set to drive the future even further. A recent LP Gas Magazine article explains that propane benefits the marine sector by helping them meet a mandate that requires significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in international waters. When propane is used as a marine fuel, it helps sailors achieve these goals.

It helps European aerospace engineers propel rockets, according to Chris Larmour, an aerospace company CEO, “because of its unique physical property that it does not freeze when cooled to a temperature similar to liquid oxygen.”

In the years to come, propane-powered engines will come onto the market that will outperform diesel engines and that will cost significantly less for the environment and consumers. (Either way, Acme has you covered because they also supply various types of diesel gases at their Fast Fuel stations).

Whether you are currently enjoying the wonders of propane, building a new home and wondering what types of equipment to use, or ready to move to a cleaner, more reliable, and more plentiful source of fuel, give Acme a call. They’d love to chat with you about all things fuel and how choosing the right fuel for the job can help improve your budget and quality of life.

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Acme’s office
416 State Avenue NE, Olympia
360.943.1133

Fast filling stations
303 Thurston Avenue NE, Olympia
Lilly Road – 501 Lilly Road SE, Olympia

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