Propane Grill Cleaning and Maintenance

Grilling and enjoying delicious food is a great way to spend time with family and friends any season. To ensure your propane grill has a longer lifespan, follow these cleaning and maintenance steps:


1.  Burn Off Left-over Food and Grease


After each use, turn the heat to high for 15 minutes, or until there’s no more smoke from the burning residue. By burning it to ash, it can be easily removed.


2.  Lightly Oil Grates


Lightly oil the grates before each use to extend the life of your grill. Use a wire brush to remove bits of burned food and grease. You can simply use a paper towel with vegetable oil and rub it over the grates.


3.  Don’t Neglect the Exterior


It’s easy to forget about the exterior. But every now and then, you should use a soft cloth with some household cleaner to keep your propane grill looking great.


4.  Invest in a Grill Cover


To keep your grill looking great longer, invest in a grill cover. With a wide variety of shapes and sizes available, you should be able to find one that fits just right. You will just need to remember to put the cover back on after the grill has cooled down.


5.  Deep Clean Your Grates


Once or twice a year, you will want to deep clean your grates. You should take the grates off and clean them with soapy water. Be sure to scrape between each grate to get all of the accumulated grime off.


6.  Thorough Cleaning


Now that you have the grates out, you will be able to clean in places that are harder to reach. You will need soapy water and a wire brush to clean the burner protectors, burners and the bottom tray. Following your owner’s manual instructions when doing this will keep you safe. Make sure you disconnect your propane tank before starting to clean.


Now that your propane grill looks like new, invite your family and friends over, fire it up and start grilling.


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Even though temperatures are still warm, fall will be here soon and then winter. It’s not too early to start preparing for colder weather. The steps you take now can help you be prepared for this coming winter.


There are steps you can take within your home to make sure you are ready for winter. As you prepare for the colder season, here are a few tips to keep in mind:


  • To prevent drafts, check weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • For maximum efficiency, have your furnace inspected and change the HVAC system
  • Clear any brush or obstructions around your tank so drivers have a clear path to deliver your propane.
  • Utilize programmable thermostats and in a 2-story home set the upstairs to a lower
  • To help circulate warm air lower, add ceiling fans to high ceilings.
  • Wrap your water heater with a thermal wrap if it isn’t in an insulated heated area to
    preserve water warmth and save energy.
  • To distribute heat more evenly throughout the room, consider a propane fireplace. They’re much more efficient than wood burning models.

Summer is a good time to call and arrange for a service ThompsonGas technician to inspect your propane system and address any problems. To avoid emergencies this winter, take care of potential problems now.


For more information, contact your local ThompsonGas.

How to Choose the Right Propane Patio Heater



For many families today, your outdoor space is an extension of your home, so why not enjoy it longer? Adding a propane heater to your home’s patio will allow you and your family to enjoy your outdoor space long after summer is gone. Now that’s worth considering!


Residential propane heaters are flexible and among the most economical to operate for the amount of heat they produce. The main benefits of an affordable propane heater are the stylish designs, the mobility, and the safety features.

Patio space

Obviously, the space where you want to provide warmth is an important part of choosing a heater. So, before you choose your propane patio heater, you will want to consider the size of the area you will be using it in.

Along with the space size, your personal preference will determine what type of heater you choose. The larger freestanding models can heat up to 25 square feet.

Safety considerations and features

Before purchasing your propane heater, there are several safety features to consider. Propane heaters are for outdoor use only and should sit on a completely level surface. They shouldn’t be placed in areas with lots of wind. Check the manufacturer’s owner’s manual for clearances to combustibles and walls.


The following are safety features you want to look for when shopping for a propane heater:


  • Automatic Shut-off – Turns the heater off if it gets too hot.
  • Tilt-Over Protection – A switch automatically turns off the heating element if the heater is knocked over.
  • Cool-Touch Glass – Makes them safe around kids and pets.
  • Safety Approvals – UL- and CSA- tested are common safety approvals you want to look for in heaters. This ensures that the products have been evaluated and meet all safety requirements.

Additional features

  • Assembly – Most propane heaters come at least partially assembled, others come fully assembled. You want consider this feature because an unassembled patio heater may take more time to assemble.
  • Adjustable Flames – Many heaters have flames that can be adjusted to match your desired ambiance and heat level.
  • Length of Warranty – You want to look for an outdoor heater with a long warranty. With a longer warranty, you can be confident that it is made with quality materials and will endure tough environmental conditions.


With a propane patio heater, you’ll be able to entertain and enjoy your outdoor living space well into the autumn months. By choosing the right unit for your needs, you’re guaranteeing satisfaction and relaxation for years to come. To find out if ThompsonGas is a propane service provider in your area, go to

Propane: The American Fuel

Stop sending Money Overseas for Foreign Oil. You can support our domestic economy and help generate American jobs with a fuel made right here in the U.S.A. 98% of our nation’s propane is produced in the U.S., using propane means decreasing our dependence on foreign oil.

Propane is Clean

Approximately equal amounts of propane come from the refining of crude oil and from natural gas. Propane is a graciously accessible, secure energy source whose environmental benefits are widely acknowledged. Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act, as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Propane Makes for More Jobs

Propane production maintains quality jobs in our nation. As of 2012, more than 145,000 laborers across the U.S. are working in propane trade, wholesale, and sales.

 Propane is Affordable

Despite declines in oil prices, domestic propane production is expected to continue to grow rapidly.

Propane is Abundant

The U.S. is propane’s top producer. America yields more than enough propane to meet demand. Propane is an abundant bridge fuel, making it a clean-burning alternative to gasoline and diesel.

Check out this great video on and see how propane truly is fueling America.


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Summer Propane Safety: HOT Tips for your 4th of July

July 4th is right around the corner and that means backyard BBQ’s, fireworks, and good old American fun! Before you fire up the grill and toss on those juicy burgers, and delectable chicken wings, check out these safety tips for grilling with propane gas.

  1. Clean your propane grill regularly; leftover grease causes about one in five grill fires!
  2. Before you turn on your tank or grill, check hoses for damage and kinks.
  3. Keep your grill at least five feet from obstructions, including trees, outdoor furniture, and more importantly your home.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher available, and make sure it works.
  5. Use long-handled barbecue utensils to avoid burns.
  6. Turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve when you finish cooking.
  7. Never store propane indoors – always keep tanks outside, covered, and stored vertically.
  8. When you’re transporting your tank for a refill, place it upright in your car and out of direct sunlight, and make sure the valve is closed. Go straight to the refilling station – don’t leave a tank alone in the vehicle, where temperatures can rise quickly!
  9. Always check replacement tanks for dents, rust, or leaks.
  10. NEVER grill indoors, where odorless, deadly carbon monoxide can accumulate.

Why Use Propane Powered Lawn Care?


Why Use Propane Powered Lawn Care?


  • Propane is not a direct greenhouse gas

  • Propane cuts emissions of toxins and carcinogens like benzene and toluene by 96%

  • Propane yields 12% less carbon dioxide

  • Propane yields 20% less nitrous oxide

  • Propane yields 60% less carbon monoxide

  • More than 90% of all propane used in the United States is produced domestically


Now the question is why are you not using propane power when caring for your lawn this summer?


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The Pro’s of Propane Gasoline

There are many advances to using propane gas over the “other guy’s” fuel. Let me tell you why we think that Propane gasoline is not only the best choice for your fuel needs but also the best choice you can make for your family.

  1. Propane is considered the environmentally friendly fossil fuel

Propane is insoluble in water so it presents no risk to soil and ground water supplies. Propane creates radically less pollution than the power plants supplying you with electricity, so you help protect the environment by providing cleaner, more breathable air.


  1. Propane is more efficient than the other guys gasoline

You can reheat a whole tankful of water in just 20 minutes with propane, compared to an hour with electricity! With propane you get more hot water from your tankless water heater because it recovers 2½ times faster than an electric one, and it costs about 30 percent less to operate.


  1. Propane is made in America

Bet you didn’t know, that Over 90 percent of the propane used in America is created in the U.S., reducing our dependency on imported oil.


  1. Propane is affordable

On average, propane costs about half as much per BTU as electricity and propane gas fireplaces cost 30 to 60 percent less per hour of operation than do wood burning fireplaces. Think of all that extra money you could be saving a year just switching to propane, CHA-CHING!


  1. Propane is easier to maintain

Electric heat pumps last an average of 14 years, while propane gas furnaces last an average of 20 years. It also costs less to repair a propane gas furnace than it does an electric heat pump.


To learn more about propane and its uses visit or contact our offices to speak to a ThompsonGas Representative today.

Propane Powered Summer

Power up the propane summer is here! You wouldn’t think but propane plays a huge role in a lot of summers most anticipated events. From heating your pool to planning family vacations propane is a necessary component to your summer’s success. Here are a few ways how propane can make this summer one to remember.


  1. Heat your pool with a propane heater – no more freezing cold water! Take a dip whenever you want with the help of a propane powered pool heater. Always have your pool at the perfect temperature, no matter what the temperature reads outside.
  2. Heat your Jacuzzi – Keep your Jacuzzi toasty during chilly summer evenings with the help of a propane powered hot tub heater. Clean and cost efficient – propane heaters are the way to go this summer!
  3. Patio Heaters – Use propane to light your patio heaters; whether you are having dinner or just hanging out make sure your company stays warm on breezy summer evenings.
  4. Fire-Pit – Use our propane powered fire pit to enjoy evenings outside with your loved ones, roast marshmallows, and recap on your summers best moments by your propane powered fire-pit.
  5. Hot Air Balloon Rides – so many activities can be powered by propane, take your loved ones for a hot air balloon ride and really see propane in action while taking in some simply gorgeous Ariel views.
  6. Sailing – Spend the summer on the water, sail the seas and eat delicious meals cooking with your boats own propane powered oven.

As you can see propane plays many important roles, make this summer one to remember and choose propane for your cooking and heating needs. For more information contact a ThompsonGas Representative or visit one of the ThompsonGas Show Rooms for all your propane powered summer essentials.

The One Item You Need This Weekend

Memorial Day is right around the corner and many Americans are planning family get-a-ways to celebrate. We thought it would be pretty cool to take a look at the many different ways people are using propane in their travels. Camping this weekend? No problem… propane can give you hot water on demand, access to showers, and even more. Click the video links below for tips and tricks on how propane can help you this holiday weekend.


  1. DIY Hot Showers While Camping – Portable Propane Hot Water Heater – WOW! Who ever thought that propane can help you shower? Thank you Lynn Sessions for this great video, amazing!
  2. Propane for Camp Cooking – What You Need to Know – Propane is an important fuel source for many camp cooks. It is ideal for car or RV camping. Please use all safety measures when working with propane and propane tanks. Thank you 1960HikerDude for this very informative video.
  3. RV’ing with Propane! Rusty thanks for this incredible video, you make changing out an empty propane tank on an RV look easy! Follow Rusty78609 on YouTube to learn more and start your RV journey off right!

**Please contact an expert before trying any of these at home**


As you can see – there are MANY uses for propane! Propane can make traveling easier and give you access to many of life’s essential amenities. No matter where you are going there is always a use for a propane tank. Visit to learn more about the uses for propane or visit one of our retail site to pick up your propane tank today!


The ThompsonGas family wishes you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!


Comment below and tell us what you think of these innovative inventions, or if you have tried any of these techniques in the past.

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


  • 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


 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


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:


  • 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


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


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • ½ pound of bacon


  • 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!