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Old 01-25-2014, 10:20 AM   #21
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Well I put a electric space heater in the basement in the C/C and I may put one in the living room, I can afford a little more on my electric bill. I live in Warsaw,NC and a 20lb tank was $12.50 and had been that price for a long time, the propane guy did not make much money on small tanks, just did it as a service to people that spent more money at his store. It's going to be cold here next week, it may snow or at least I hope so, if it's going to be cold it may as well snow. I love snow cream. The man I buy LP from is not trying to get rich off of me, he is just passing his costs off to me and I don't blame him or anyone for that matter, I blame the weather, IT IS SOOOOOOO COLD!!!!!! I went outside wearing just flipflops on my feet and it sure was cold on my feet. It will not be long before I will be at Myrtle Beach.
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Can someone tell me the difference in propane and butane? Is there a difference?
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Can someone tell me the difference in propane and butane? Is there a difference?
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Actually thats partly true. Fracking has been around for over a hundred years. That in conjuction with horizontal drilling invented by a gentleman from Pineville, WV in 2007, allowed exploration companies to tap the vast amount of fossil fuels previously locked deeper in the earth. The problem today is, the uninformed arn't aware that fracking was first patented in 1865, thats right, over 149 years ago. But if you were to read current publications, you would think it was recently discovered, and is the scourge of the enviroment. Thus the delema, if we do revert back to much colder winters on a regular basis, the amounts of energy, like propane, which by the way is a byproduct of the natural gas industry, will be needed in greater supply. The short of this is simple, continued colder winters will cause propane customers to always pay more, because it cannot be stored in the ground like natural gas is until needed in the winter months. One work around would be to drill more for nat gas, but that varies state by state based on the politicians. Canada has huge fossil fuel reserves that they are begging to export to us, but that again involves politics. So, until that is addressed, the people who use propane as their main heat source will continue to pay much inflated prices if climate change persists on the down side. It truly is a supply and demand issue, which this years cold winter has brought to attention of all. Wish there was a happier solution, but there isn't.
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This is a propane infrastructure issue as indicated earlier in the thread due to the hid demand of propane. As like the inelastic effects of gasoline so will the prices of propane be affected. The price will rise but as soon as demand lessens so will the price drop to low prices. There is an abundant of gas in this country just not enough infrastructure to meet transportation needs during extreme high demand to the power companies, gas stations and our homes. As mentioned earlier, I don't believe the oil companies are willing to invest into additional infrastructure unless they can be assured they can recoup this cost (plus profit) from the folks on Capital Hill!

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Hmmm, so propane is better for outside, low temp storage. Now I'm wondering if Dad actually uses butane, or if he's using propane since it's a huge outside storage tank.

oh well, I'm sure he and his supply/delivery guy knows.


I think also that people here in the South just use "butane" as a generic term for "that stuff you use for heating or grilling that is in tanks".
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Hmmm, so propane is better for outside, low temp storage. Now I'm wondering if Dad actually uses butane, or if he's using propane since it's a huge outside storage tank.

oh well, I'm sure he and his supply/delivery guy knows.


I think also that people here in the South just use "butane" as a generic term for "that stuff you use for heating or grilling that is in tanks".
I guess it depends on many things,including where you're from, but being raised in Upstate NY,the only times I remember seeing or hearing "butane" used was in describing those early portable torches and cigarette lighters.

And of course,we didn't use propane like it is in the South - heating oil was how the majority of homes were heated. Still remember seeing the fuel oil delivery man pulling the hose from the truck to the home delivery point though the snow.
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I think also that people here in the South just use "butane" as a generic term for "that stuff you use for heating or grilling that is in tanks".
Yep. kind of like all cola/sodas are called Cokes.

I called my propane refill place awhile ago, they have went up about $5 per 20 lb refill. I looked at the Amerigas exchange cage at the store across from me and they have went up only about $2.50 so far................but in summation the prices are rising.
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When the weather turns cold, everything goes up. Check out the increase in the spot price of natural gas recently:

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Actually thats partly true. Fracking has been around for over a hundred years. That in conjuction with horizontal drilling invented by a gentleman from Pineville, WV in 2007, allowed exploration companies to tap the vast amount of fossil fuels previously locked deeper in the earth. The problem today is, the uninformed arn't aware that fracking was first patented in 1865, thats right, over 149 years ago. But if you were to read current publications, you would think it was recently discovered, and is the scourge of the enviroment. Thus the delema, if we do revert back to much colder winters on a regular basis, the amounts of energy, like propane, which by the way is a byproduct of the natural gas industry, will be needed in greater supply. The short of this is simple, continued colder winters will cause propane customers to always pay more, because it cannot be stored in the ground like natural gas is until needed in the winter months. One work around would be to drill more for nat gas, but that varies state by state based on the politicians. Canada has huge fossil fuel reserves that they are begging to export to us, but that again involves politics. So, until that is addressed, the people who use propane as their main heat source will continue to pay much inflated prices if climate change persists on the down side. It truly is a supply and demand issue, which this years cold winter has brought to attention of all. Wish there was a happier solution, but there isn't.
Thats strange. We've been drilling horizontaly at least since the late 90's. I was trying to get on with Slumberger in 2000 in the directional drilling field and my brother in law was a MWD hand and directional driller since he got out of college in 2005. But thats in the Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkasas area. Maybe the east coast is a little slower to ketch up.

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