Finishing Touches

After you've made the choice to specify propane as the energy of choice for outdoor heating applications, look to these appliances to finish the project. Completing your customers' new outdoor rooms with these propane applications can provide additional comfort and enjoyment in their space.

Propane is most well known as a fuel source for the outdoor grill. In 2007, close to 10.3 million gas grills were shipped to U.S. consumers, up from almost 9 million in 2005, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. The latest innovations allow consumers to create a movable feast with small, portable models with propane tanks as the energy source. Propane storage on stoves and grills has been improved too, with sleek cabinets that hide the tank.

While many homeowners already rely on their propane grills to prepare outdoor meals, a full kitchen offers at-home chefs a range of culinary options. Customers can serve up their favorite dishes from their propane outdoor kitchen complete with oven and cooktop. No longer relegated to standard, outdoor barbecue fare, these complete outdoor kitchens can accommodate five-star cooking, a family meal, or burgers and dogs with friends. Look to propane energy for your pizza oven, smoker, pasta pot, wall or undercounter ovens, warming oven or drawer cook op, deep fryer, turkey fryer, slide-in grill, countertop grill, searing station, infrared cooking system, or power burner.

Aside from the convenience, variety of cooking applications, and cooking control that grilling with propane lends the outdoor cook, propane is also significantly more environmentally friendly. Propane grills emit two times fewer greenhouse gases than charcoal grills. In fact, charcoal grilling sessions (if production, transportation, and burning are considered together) average nearly 15 pounds of carbon emissions, or the equivalent of driving a car about 22 miles.

The efficiencies of propane also can be used in other areas of the outdoor room. Look to propane for tiki torches, gas lamps, or fire effects to create a warm evening glow around your customers' outdoor areas. Keep dirty feet and chlorine out of the house and enjoy moonlight views in an outdoor shower. Utilize a propane tankless water heater for fast water heating and superior energy efficiency, when compared to tank-type water heaters. Wet towels and bathing suits can be quickly and thoroughly dried in a propane-fueled dryer.

Worried that a quiet summer night at home may lead to itching and aggravation caused by mosquitoes? Propane insect control devices provide a welcome solution to that bug problem. Heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide lure the pests in; when they get close they are quickly eliminated.

Using propane energy is an efficient, convenient choice for a custom outdoor room.

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