ThompsonGas is Ready for The BBQ, Are You?

Summer is almost here and grilling out on a gorgeous evening is just one of summertime’s perks. Propane grills are easy to use and the clean up is much easier on a propane-powered grill. Did you know that propane grills are becoming the most popular grills being used today? If you are thinking about switching from a charcoal grill to a propane-powered grill call ThompsonGas – Oh, and make sure to invite us to your next backyard barbecue!

Here are a few of our favorite easy-to-make summertime propane grilling recipes:

#1 Kabob-style chicken fajitas make for an easy, versatile meal hot off the grill. By: Cindy Rahe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package (1 oz.) Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 bell peppers, any colors you like
  • 1 onion

Steps

 1 Cut chicken into 1-inch strips, and then cut each strip into 1-inch chunks. Mix in medium bowl with taco seasoning mix and oil; set aside.

2 Cut tops and bottoms off bell peppers. Remove seeds and ribs, and cut each pepper into 1-inch chunks; set aside. Peel and cut onion into 1-inch chunks; set aside. Alternately thread chunks of seasoned chicken, bell peppers and onion onto skewers.

3 Heat propane grill and place skewers on grill over medium-high heat. Cover grill; cook skewers 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

4 Serve with tortillas and any of your favorite fajita fixings or on top of a salad.

#2 Lemon Chicken and Asparagus Foil Packs By: Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to even thickness, OR 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (see note)
  • 1 large bundle of asparagus spears (about 1 pound)
  • 1 lemons, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps

  • Lay four 12×12 inch squares of foil out on a flat surface. Place one chicken breasts (or 1-2 thighs) in the middle of each piece of foil.
  • Trim the flat end of the asparagus at 1-2 inches from the end and discard. Cut the remaining spears in half and divided them between the foil packs.
  • Thinly slice one of the lemons and divide the slices between the foil packs, tucking the slices in, around, and between the chicken and asparagus.
  • Stir together butter, garlic, juice of the remaining lemon, and Italian seasoning. Brush over chicken and asparagus. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fold the foil over the chicken and asparagus to close off the pack, pinch the ends together so the pack stays closed.
  • Grill over medium-high heat for 7-9 minutes on each side OR bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and asparagus is tender. Serve immediately.

#3 Michael Symon’s Grilled Skirt Steak  By: Michael Symon

Prepare the marinade the night before so that the flavors can soak into this grilled steak. Serve with some grilled veggies for a complete meal cooked on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 pound skirt steak, or flank steak, hanger steak or beef heart
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Steps

Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, rosemary and chili flakes. Add about 1/3 of a cup of olive oil. Place the steak in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade into it. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours and preferably overnight in the fridge.

Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes prior to use. Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Wipe off the bits of marinade from the steak and drizzle it with olive oil.

Place the steak on the grill and cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until the meat has grill marks. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice across the grain and serve.

#4 Grilled Foil-Pack Cheesy Fries By: Tablespoon.com

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (14 oz) Cascadian Farm™ organic frozen crinkle-cut French fries
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions (2 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons cooked real bacon bits

Steps

1 Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat – Toss frozen French fries with melted butter.

2 Tear off 2 (12-inch) lengths of Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil to make foil boats. Place half of the fries in a single layer in the center of 1 piece of foil. Loosely fold foil around edges to form a boat, leaving large hole at top to allow steam to escape; repeat with remaining fries and foil.

3 Place foil packets on grill over indirect heat – Cover grill; cook 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once, until fries are crispy and baked through. Top each packet with 2 slices cheese; cook about 2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and bacon bits just before serving.

#5 Grilled Bacon Wrapper Asparagus By: Alysia

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • ½ pound of bacon

Steps

  • Heat grill to around 400 degrees.
  • Break each asparagus spear in half.
  • Slice each strip of bacon in half, then wrap it around both halves of the asparagus spear.
  • Toothpick the bacon through the loose end on top at an angle, so it goes through the bacon on the other side.
  • Grill for about 25-30 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.

We hope you enjoy these fabulous recipes and have a wonderful summer!

15 Fascinating Facts About Propane

Propane is one of the most versatile, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly fuel sources in the world.

Propane is an interesting fuel that emerged early in the 20th Century as an alternative fuel source that could be stored easily. In 1911, Dr. Snelling discovered a way to bottle evaporated gases and by the following year, propane was used for heating homes, cooling, providing light and cutting metal. Today, propane is used in more than 48 million households for water and space heating, indoor and outdoor cooking, clothes drying, and backup power!

Check out these fascinating facts about propane: 

  1. Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence, and, as a result, is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels!
  2. Propane is one of the cleanest, lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in the universe. So clean, in fact, that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
  3. Liquid propane boils (from liquid to vapor) at -44F (-42.2C).
  4. At one and a half times the weight of air, propane will settle in low areas.
  5. In a liquid form, propane is half the weight of water.
  6. Propane gas does not spill, pool, or leave a residue; this makes it harmless to soil or water if a tank leaks.
  7. Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically; almost three-quarters of the remaining 10 percent are produced in Canada or Mexico.
  8. Complete combustion of propane produces clean water vapor and carbon dioxide.
  9. Propane is a three-carbon alkane – its molecular formula is C3H8.
  10. About 23.5 cubic feet of air is required to burn one cubic foot of propane.
  11. Propane is an odorless gas to which an odorant has been added to detect leaks.
  12. Propane clothes dryers dry more quickly and with less static created than electric units, saving you time and money and reducing wear and tear on your wardrobe.
  13. Propane is an economical choice. Compared to other forms of energy, propane is a great value. Many modern propane appliances achieve efficiency ratings of 95% or higher. Although some propane is produced from crude oil refinement, most domestically produced propane is a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing. In fact, current U.S. propane supplies are abundant due in large part to the increase in natural gas production.
  14. Propane tankless water heaters can achieve even greater efficiency – up to 98 percent.
  15. Propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches 920 degrees F.

Visit www.ThompsonGas.com to lean more fun facts about propane and how you can start saving money while reducing your carbon footprint by making the switch to propane today!

Propane and Your Wedding Day

Rainy Spring Wedding? Propane to the Rescue!

Spring has spring, summer is right around the corner, and wedding season is officially upon us! I know what you’re thinking… How does ThompsonGas get grouped into the same category as Wedding Season? Well think about it. Propane has a lot of jobs, included in those is the job of heating, generators, and torches.

 

Having a propane heater for your wedding is a must if you are going to have an outdoor reception. During this time of the year you never know what Mother Nature has on her agenda, a sunny forecast could quickly turn into a cold, rainy, evening. Don’t let that get you down! Dance the night away and celebrate while staying warm and dry hence why it is important to have a propane heater handy to heat your reception tent or outdoor area. ThompsonGas to the rescue!

 

You can get an assortment of different propane heaters conveniently at our Retail Show Room in Boonsboro, MD or Oakland, MD.

 

What about decorations? Have you thought about the lighting for your guests yet? If you are having an evening wedding you will want to think about lighting, not only in your reception area but also on any walkways your guests might be using to travel to and from their vehicles to your event. That’s where propane torches come in handy. Propane torches are a great device as apposed to any conventional lighting, switch things up a bit and use propane torches that are environmentally healthy and can add a bit of rustic flare to your events décor.

 

Get your event’s torch lighting at our Retail Show Room in Boonsboro, MD or Oakland, MD.

 

ThompsonGas is full of surprises; we have amenities to fit life’s most special events and also life’s daily essentials. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you on your special day, or any day of the week.

 

ThompsonGas. The Trusted Name in Propane.

The Environmentally Friendly Fossil Fuel

Its 2017 and (with good reason) people are becoming increasingly aware of our Planet’s wellbeing. Global warming is real and we have seen its effects first hand. 2017 was a year for the record books – There has been a huge geographical spread of warm and downright hot weather stretching across the U.S. February marks 3,146 record highs set compared to only 27 records lows. Not only are people aware of the damage being caused by global warming but they are also becoming increasingly aware of how their everyday actions cause damage to the environment in which they live and raise their family. There are a lot of actions you can take to help clean up the environment but one of the most important might be one you had never thought.

 

Switching from Gas to Propane. Why? Propane, a hydrocarbon, may smell as if it could harm the environment, but scents can be deceiving. Also known as liquefied petroleum gas, propane is an environmentally friendly fuel that is virtually odorless. Processing plants add an artificial odor to propane so people can detect it easily. Switch to propane, and you’ll also enjoy other benefits that go beyond helping protect the environment.

 

The National Propane Gas Association calls propane a green solution “for the environmentally conscious consumer.” The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a propane vehicle can emit fewer harmful emissions than a gasoline or diesel vehicle, depending on its drive cycle and type.

 

Propane’s lower carbon content helps make it a clean fuel source. As it burns, it also produces fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum fuels. Propane can’t hurt water or soil because it’s not toxic. When you switch to it, you reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and greenhouse gas emissions. If you’d like to use propane to power a car or truck, system retrofitters can convert an existing vehicle so it runs using that fuel.

 

The 1990 Clean Air Act listed propane as an approved clean fuel. While coal-generating plants help cause acid rain, propane combustion does not produce significant levels of the contaminants that cause that phenomenon. Because propane is nontoxic and the EPA does not regulate it, you don’t have to worry about placing propane tanks below ground where they might leak. You may also find a monetary reason for choosing propane. Some states give residents fuel tax incentives when they use propane. People also typically spend less for propane fuel than they do for reformulated or conventional gasoline.

 

Not convinced yet? Call Thompson Gas today and ask about how switching from gas to propane is the environmentally cleanest choice you can make for yourself and your family!

Our Mission & Values—The ThompsonGas Promise

Sometimes being different is a good thing! From 1946 when Lloyd and Dortha Thomspon created ThompsonGas, in a little Boonsboro storefront that still stands today, their goal was to always stand apart from the competition. Now, nearly seventy years later, we’re proud to stay we’re still committed to their vision!

So what really makes ThompsonGas different than all the other propane companies out there? We’re happy to share our missions and values with you, and pledge to exceed your expectations.

We Truly Know Our Propane Customers



All too often, as businesses grow they tend to loose sight of what is truly important—really understanding the needs of the customers being serviced. Since the very beginning, we’ve held true to the ideal that our customers are more than just a name on an invoice – they are our greatest resource. If it weren’t for your continued loyalty, ThompsonGas never would have grown to the size we are today. We go to great lengths to ensure our drivers know the clients on their route by first name, but we don’t stop there. Our goal is that our customers view our employees, from the trucks to our headquarters, as trusted friends.

ThompsonGas Does Everything Possible To Ensure You Have Propane When You Need It

Having provided propane to homes, businesses and industrial clients for nearly seven decades, we have a true understanding of our obligations to you. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure you will never run out of propane by offering ongoing convenient propane deliveries, always noting on your receipt how much propane you have in your tank when we leave. Also, we’ve made it very easy for you to contact us if you have any questions regarding your propane usage and will be happy to schedule an emergency delivery if you’re ever in need.

ThompsonGas Makes Propane Affordable

We understand customers have a choice when it comes to their utilities, that is why we continually do our best to ensure our propane is the most affordable solution to power your home. When it comes to payment, we’ve also made it as convenient as possible to pay your propane bill online. In addition, we’ve also established a variety of free monthly plans to help you spread payment throughout the entire year.

We Offer More Than The Other Guys

Whether it is by providing incentives to convert to propane, offering convenient financing for your Home Comfort Plan or providing a huge selection of propane powered appliances at our retail locations, we know you demand more from your utility company. We also believe strongly in giving back to the communities we service, donating each year to a wide variety of local organizations and non-profit groups.
Contact us at 1.800.768.6612 and discover for yourself the ThompsonGas difference.

April Showers bring May Flowers

It’s that time of the year. The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, our allergies are taking over our bodies, and rainstorms are happening every other day.   Although we are always excited about this time of the year and the beauty that comes with spring showers we are not always prepared for the high powered winds and lighting strikes. The force of Mother Nature is strong and its power can lead to some pretty unfortunate events…Thompson Gas is here to tell you how you can be fully prepared for these events with one singe word: Propane!

A propane home generator is important for creating electricity in your house and super handy when you are caught in a power outage…but did you know that residential propane generators offer other incredible benefits?

  1. Reduce Stress. A loss of electrical power can cause danger and stress to family members and pets – keep them safe and stress free with a propane home generator.

  1. Save Money. Restoring power to your home as quickly as possible can keep food and medicine fresh and usable.

  1. Save MORE money and time! Propane fuel has a longer shelf life. Save money and time by not having to re-stock so frequently.

  1. Propane is environmentally favored! Did you know propane is one of the cleanest burning low fossil fuels! Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Now my question to you is, why would you not use a propane home generator this spring?

Find more information on propane uses for every season here: http://www.thompsongas.com/propane-uses-for-every-season/

 

Convert Your Lawn Mower to Propane

Now is the time to convert your lawn mower to operate on propane rather than traditional gasoline. The benefits of propane are tremendous and you can actually save some serious cash!

What Are The Benefits Of Converting Your Lawn Mower To Propane?

  • Propane Is An Environmentally Friendly Fuel – propane mowers produce nearly 25% less greenhouse gases than regular fuel!
  • No Risk Of Spillage With Propane – propane is enclosed in a tank, eliminating the risk of spilling a flammable liquid when refueling your mower!
  • Reduce Down Time With Propane – propane helps engines run cleaner, drastically reducing wear and tear on your engine!
  • Propane Mowers Are As Powerful As Traditional Mowers – no need to worry about your propane mower not producing the same results as your gasoline powered mower!
  • Eliminate The Fluctuating Price Of Gasoline –Contact ThompsonGas and establish your fuel price, empowering you to accurately predict your fuel costs! Plus, keep in mind, based on supply and demand, propane pricing is normally lower in the summer months, right when you need it the most!

Feel free to call us at 1.800.768.6612 to discuss conversion kits and installation options!

Propane Safety Tips for Camping

Propane Safety Tips for Camping on Cool Nights

If you’re planning a camping trip this spring, make sure you’re prepared for temperatures dropping at night. Here are four propane tips that will help you keep warm and safe while camping.

 

  1. ONLY USE propane heaters that are approved for indoors use for enclosed areas. Indoor safe heaters will be identified as such on their packaging. They will have a built in safety feature that has an oxygen depletion system (ODS) that will shut off automatically if oxygen levels start to fall as well as a tip-over safety shut-off.
  2. NEVER USE a heater labeled for “outdoor use only” inside. Portable propane heaters designed for outdoor use act like an open flame to burn fuel and rapidly consume oxygen for combustion, creating carbon monoxide (CO) as a byproduct. Campers run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially while sleeping.
  3. NEVER OPERATE a fuel-burning appliance overnight in an enclosed area while sleeping, even products labeled indoor safe. Again, you run the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  4. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often detected too late. The symptoms are: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and confusion. If anyone experiences these symptoms should extinguish any possible CO source and move to an area with fresh air.

Tips for Grilling Meat With Propane

#1  Preheat the grill.

Preheating the grill for 15 to 20 minutes before you start cooking allows the meat to sear on contact, keeping it moist inside.

#2  Don’t flip the meat too often.

Flipping the meat too often isn’t going to make it cook any faster. If you flip it too frequently, you lose the heat and juices that help caramelize the marinades or rubs that create much of the flavor.

#3  Don’t cut the meat.

It’s very tempting to cut into the meat to see if it’s done. Don’t do it! The juices will be released which means all the flavor will begin to run out.

#4  After you remove it from the grill, leave the meat alone.

Let the meat rest for a few minutes after removing it from the grill. As it cools slightly, the juices will settle increasing the flavor quite a bit.

Now Enjoy!

 

SPRING CLEANING YOUR GAS GRILL

Spring is almost here. It’s barbecue season and time for spring cleaning your gas grill.

Maintenance and cleaning are essential to the lifespan of your grill. Even if you’ve been grilling all winter, it’s still a good idea to spend time spring cleaning on your gas grill.

 

Things you will need to get started: compressed air/canned air, wire brush, soapy water, old rags, sponges, toothpicks, grill scraper, canola oil, paper towels, hose, glass or stainless cleaner.

 

Interior Cleaning:

 

  • Make sure you turn the gas off before you start to clean.
  • Clean out the cobwebs and any debris with compressed air.
  • Remove grates and clean both sides with soapy water and wire brush.
  • Clean the metal plates that protect the burners with soapy water and sponge.
  • Wipe burners gently and check the holes for clogs using a toothpick to dislodge grime that may be blocking the gas flow.
  • Use a grill scraper to remove any charred drippings from the bottom of the grill.
  • Once you remove all the charred drippings, clean the bottom of the grill with soapy water and sponge.
  • Clean the lid of the grill with a soapy sponge.
  • Reassemble the grill by putting the burner covers and grates back in place.
  • Turn the gas onto high and close the lid. Let it burn for 15 minutes to burn off any soap or cleaner.
  • Turn off the burners and use a paper towel to oil the grates with canola oil.

Exterior Cleaning:

 

  • Make sure you turn the gas off before you start to clean.
  • If your grill has a disposable drip pan or cup, remove it and replace it. If it isn’t disposable, clean the grease out with paper towels. Once you’ve removed the grease, rinse with soapy water
  • Wipe the exterior of the grill with an old rag and soapy water.
  • Rinse the soap away gently with a hose.
  • Clean any stainless steel with glass or stainless cleaner and paper towel.

Turn the gas back on … Now,  you’re ready to start grilling. Enjoy!