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January Blog

Propane Safety in the Home

Propane can provide an efficient and convenient means for heating your home and powering its appliances. We at Modern Gas want to be sure you are using propane safely and know how to maximize its benefits most effectively.

You can easily check your gauges to be sure you have enough fuel. As we start a New Year, mark your calendar and schedule routine gauge inspections throughout the year. Since propane is stored as a liquid and expands and contracts based on outside temperatures, tanks are filled to 80% capacity. Simply open the lid of your tank where the gauge is located. The numbers on the gauge reflect the percentage of capacity. For example, if the needle is on 80, then your tank is full. If your tank runs out of propane completely, you must call us to schedule one of our expert technicians to check the tank before your gas can be turned on again. Therefore, regular inspections can ensure that your tank stays full in order to serve your home’s needs.

If you think your tank has a leak or if you smell gas, be sure to turn off the tank if it’s safe. Open the lid of your tank to reveal the valve. Turn the valve to the right (or clockwise) to turn off the flow of propane. Remain outside a safe distance from the tank until one of our trained technicians can inspect the tank. Also, if your tank is ever moved or if the lines are bent or broken due to a storm or other event, follow the same steps above to turn off the tank if it’s safe to do so. Once you’ve turned off the tank, never turn it back on again yourself. National safety codes require a trained technician to inspect the tank before turning the gas on or relighting pilots. This gives you peace of mind in the event there is damage or a problem with your tank.

Propane has a chemical additive that smells like rotten eggs, a skunk spray, or a dead animal, so you can quickly and easily detect a leak. Take these precautions if you ever smell propane:

  • Evacuate your home and move everyone a safe distance from the house.
  • Extinguish any open flames or smoking materials.
  • Do not operate any lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones which could cause a spark and ignite the propane.
  • If it’s safe to do so, turn off the main supply valve to your propane tank following the process listed above.
  • Call Modern Gas to have your propane system inspected.
Many homes use small propane cylinders to power grills, generators, and other outside appliances. When transporting these smaller tanks that aren’t connected to your larger system, you want to do so s0afely. Always transport cylinders upright and secure them so they cannot tip over or roll. Never store your tank in a hot vehicle for a long period of time. Move the cylinder to its destination and remove it as soon as you arrive. Turn the appliance off before connecting the cylinder, and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting check for leaks between the cylinder and the outside fitting. You can use a leak detection spray or just soapy water. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. If bubbles appear, tighten the valve and check again. When storing small cylinders, always keep them outdoors. Never store cylinders in a basement, garage, shed, or tent, and keep them away from the house or areas that can get too hot (over 120° F) like a stove, fireplace, or other heat sources. If you use small cylinders for your outdoor grill, never store extra cylinders near the grill or any type of ignition source.

Routine inspections are essential for your propane system. We can work with you to determine the best plan for your home. When we discuss your inspections, be sure to let us know about any changes to your system, appliance installations or removals, construction or maintenance work near your system, and any unusual smells or suspicions of a gas leak. Inspections vary based on the type of system you have. Your inspections could include a review of the propane container, regulators, and outdoor piping; a leak check of the piping system and appliances; and/or a review of important safety information that you can pass along to your family.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your propane system. We’re here to serve you!


December Blog

Update to Luxury Appliances

Have you ever dreamed about what you would do if you won HGTV's "My Lottery Dream House" or you hit the jackpot on the winning lottery ticket? Most people we know say they would update countertops to marble or granite, create a walk-in closet, and update the home appliances they've had for the past 15 years.

We have great news! You don't have to win a contest or the lottery to update your appliances with Modern Gas! Luxury appliances are within reach and can make your home look and feel just like a luxury home.

Let's begin with your kitchen. To achieve professional-grade solutions without a full kitchen renovation price, we recommend Frigidaire Professional appliances! With high performance features, smudge-proof finish and durable hardware, upgrading to this appliance family is a smart choice!

The Frigidaire Professional Refrigerator makes it easy to keep food safe, organized and accessible to everyone in your family. The adjustable shelving and door bins offer storage capacity and flexibility; a full-with deli drawer can hold anything from meats and cheeses to a full sheet cake or large food platter; and the CrispSeal crisper provides humidity control so you can keep produce longer. The combination of professional-grade design and muti-level LED lighting work together to make this product visually stunning.

Equally impressive is the Frigidaire Professional Gas Range that boasts PowerPlus technology for Convection cooking, temperature probe thermometer, fast boiling, high-heat searing, and quick preheat. This range has all the bells and whistles a home cook dreams to have. And don’t forget the Frigidaire Professional microwave that can be purchased as built-in or over-the-range.

To top off your kitchen upgrade, you cannot forget your dishwasher and the Professional Dishwasher will be the icing on the cake! This appliance is built for performance with technology for fast and thorough cleaning and drying. The third rack offers easy access and fits small cooking utensils, while the second rack adjusts to fit tall pots and pans.

Now that the kitchen is taken care of, let's talk laundry. What about that old washer and dryer that noisily hops around while doing laundry? It's time for the Speed Queen. Imagine the ability to wash all the kid's clothes at once, and still be able to fit more. In fact, just throw the maximum 22 pounds in there just because you can. No more worrying about those grass stains from the playground, because a Speed Queen washer is designed for clean. And with its advanced moisture sensing system, the dryer eliminates excessive drying, saving you time, energy, and money.

You don't have to win the lottery to make these a part of your everyday reality. Stop by Modern Gas today and let our professional sales team help you select the right appliances for your home. We have many options to choose from and can make those updates you've been dreaming of.


Outdoor Patio Heating

Patio Heaters

You’re standing there looking over all the options available to you to spruce up your patio and keep it warm all year long. Don’t be overwhelmed, we have three tips that’ll help you make up your mind in no time and make everyone want to join you outside..

1) Consider a fire pit | Fire pits have become the most popular outdoor fire feature. They are portable and cost-friendly and can be built for any shape and size backyard. They can be wood burning or fueled by propane. Friends and family alike love to gather around the fire pit during the fall weather and roast some marshmallows while reminiscing over old times.

2) Keep it crackling with a fireplace | Take the inside outdoors. Make this outdoor fireplace the focal point of your backyard and turn it into a true outdoor oasis by adding seating and a table so everyone can enjoy the warmth. Like a fire pit, they can be traditional wood-burning or propane-fueled and have a variety of looks. They can be brick, stone, concrete, or metal. Everyone will love this space and enjoy warming up on cold nights while enjoying winter stargazing.

3) Create an outdoor kitchen | There’s no better way to gather with friends on the patio than by grilling up some grub. An outdoor kitchen allows everyone to be in one space outdoors, so one person doesn’t have to feel alone cooking inside. Your guests will enjoy the aromas coming from your grill or oven. The best part is it can be used year-round, from football season to the hot days of summer, when you’re craving a quick bite.

There you have it. Three ways to spruce up your outdoors and keep it occupied all year long. Come by and check out the options available to you at Modern Gas today.

November Blog

Making the Switch to a Gas Fireplace

It’s the picture-perfect night; you are cuddled up by the fire wrapped in a blanket, but all of a sudden, the fire goes out. You know this is about to be quite an ordeal requiring you to get firewood for the fireplace and attempting to light them. You’ll have splintered wood on your shirt – not to mention all the soot. You’ll need a shower again after getting the fire lit! You vow to get a gas fireplace; you don’t want any more of this hauling firewood, lighting and showering to take away from your picturesque moments.

Don’t get the wrong idea, there are pros to having a wood burning fireplace, but there are also down sides. The biggest ones are the smoke, ash and firewood storage. Cleaning the ash from the fireplace regularly and hauling and storing wood can be tiresome and hard work. You also have to be careful of the smoke and be sure it is drawing up the chimney correctly or it can be hazardous.

The process of installing a gas fireplace is pretty straight forward. While gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney, they do require running a gas line to the location of your fireplace. After that, your fireplace is simply vented to an external wall or roof vent.

Gas fireplaces are easy to use as it only takes the flip of a switch or push of a button to have your fireplace lit and heat emitting all over the room. Even in the middle of a power outage, most models are designed to allow manual lighting to keep the fire going.

If you’re still not ready to give up your wood burning fireplace, but you do want something a little cleaner and still gives the allure of the warmth and nostalgia a wood burning stove may be something to look into. Wood burning stoves don’t give off the emissions that wood burning fireplaces do, but they still look beautiful and heat large or small spaces.

No matter what you choose, our professional sales team at Modern Gas is here to help you find what fits your needs. We are able to install wood and gas burning fireplaces, along with wood burning stoves and wooden fireplace inserts. We also have a large variety of log inserts to choose from for those who prefer a gas fireplace. Stop by today and let us answer any questions you may have.

Gas Fireplace

Getting Ready for the Biggest Meal of the Year

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s turkey time! Are you in charge of preparing the biggest meal of the year? If sweat is beading on your forehead just thinking about it, don’t fret! We have three tips that will help you prepare for this undertaking.

1) Prepare food in advance | There are so many dishes that can be prepared way in advance, so you’re not in a mad dash come Thanksgiving Eve. For example, pie crust can be frozen, so you can get your dough rolled out a few weeks in advance. Make a list of everything the month before and just check off what can be done now and stored away until time for the big day, that way you can just relax and enjoy the appetizers on the day of.

2) Turkey thawing takes time | We’ve all been there before. Thanksgiving Day rolls around, you take out the turkey and it’s still frozen. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw out for every four pounds in weight, and if you plan to brine it, then it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.

3) Keep the turkey moist and still crispy | Everyone has their own family recipe, but it’s always a good idea to cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables. By layering carrots, onions and celery in the bottom of a roasting pan, you create a natural roasting rack that increases hot air circulation. This makes the turkey crispy, and allows for vegetables to have great flavor. Once it’s done on the grill or the oven, give it a rest. Cover the turkey in foil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, while it locks in all those juices and flavors you just worked so hard to create.

With these three tips, you are sure to be the talk of the Thanksgiving table, and you might just be asked to cook again next year. Know any other great tips? Make sure to share them with us at the store next time you come by.