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Eliminate the Guesswork and Avoid Runouts

propane Jupiter, FL If you’re like many of our customers, you may spend the warmer months up north. When you know you’ll be gone for a while, you probably toss anything perishable from the fridge—you only need to come home to a spoiled carton of milk once. But what about a full tank of propane? Does propane spoil? The good news is that, unlike gasoline or heating oil, propane doesn’t go “bad.” If you have a seasonal or vacation home in the West Palm beach area, it’s ok to leave a full tank—in fact, it can be better than leaving an empty or low tank. Knowing how long a tank of propane lasts for your household is important.

That’s because running out of propane can lead to problems. Here’s why—and how you can avoid an empty tank.

Why Avoid a Runout

Running out of propane can be a big inconvenience—and an expensive one, too. You’re your propane tank hits empty, or even very low, the pressure in the lines changes. That can cause seals around joints to contract, resulting in a leak. While propane is completely safe under most conditions, a leak can be dangerous. Especially if your house is left empty and no one notices the warning signs. It’s also why we must perform (and charge you for) a pressure check when we have to refill an empty tank.

To avoid running out of propane, we recommend calling for a delivery when your tank hits between 15% and 20%. (To help keep costs down, we try to schedule and route deliveries efficiently.) It’s easy to check your tank gauge: it’s under the lid, near the fill pipe and shut-off valve. Because propane expands and contracts with temperature, your tank will never read 100% full, even right after a delivery.

Prevent Runouts

An easy way to avoid running out of propane is by signing up for our convenient automatic delivery service. We use a proven system based on your average propane use and weather trends to calculate when your tank will need a fill-up. This service is free and easy, and eliminates the need to remember to check your tank gauge and schedule a delivery.

But, automatic delivery works best when your propane use is consistent. If you travel frequently, or for extended periods, our wireless tank monitor is a great solution.

The wireless tank monitors tracks the level of propane in your tank in real time and transmits your use via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via the wireless mobile app. Then, we’ll automatically schedule a delivery to ensure you don’t run out. That means whether you’re home and using propane every day for water heating and cooking, or if you’re away and not using propane at all, we’ll know when you need a delivery.

A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes!

The Bottom Line

We know you have choices when it comes to propane providers. That’s why we do our best to make Beeline the easy choice. Our tank monitors and convenient automatic delivery service help you streamline by eliminating the need to call for deliveries. The experts at Beeline can help assess your needs and chose the service that’s right for your lifestyle.

Contact us for more information and to become a customer today.

Everything you need to know!

forklift propane Stewart, FL Are you using retail cylinder exchange for your forklifts? That kind of hassle only makes sense if your forklift isn’t being used regularly. Our forklift cylinder exchange service makes refueling your equipment easy, and saves you time and money. Have questions? We’ve got answers!

How does cylinder exchange work?

Unlike retail cylinder exchange, where you bring your empty tank to a dealer to swap for a full tank, with our cylinder exchange program, you have full cylinders on-site and ready to go. Our pros will meet with you to evaluate your needs and develop a customized program, then set you up with sturdy, safe storage cages for your cylinders. We’ll thoroughly train your workers in the safe handling of propane cylinders. And you’ll always have the cylinders you need, when you need them. Think of it as fleet-fueling for your forklifts and other propane-powered equipment.

How does propane compare to electric when it comes to power?

Propane delivers a lot more power, and delivers it more consistently. Propane powered forklifts will operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. That’s not the case with an electric-powered forklift.

Electric forklifts lose power as the battery drains. And when it’s out of power, it can take eight hours—or longer—to recharge. Diesel-fueled forklifts require a diesel fueling station—which isn’t practical for most businesses.

Is refueling complicated?

With a propane forklift, refueling takes minutes. All your employees have to do is replace the empty cylinder with a full one, and the forklift is back on the job. Propane-powered forklifts also perform better at handling heavier loads and are more capable when it comes to inclines.

How does propane compare to electric when it comes to efficiency?

Faster refueling means less downtime. Recharging an electric forklift takes equipment out of service for hours, slowing down operations. Plus, charging stations for electric forklifts take up space and require large up-front investments.

Propane-fueled forklifts also require less maintenance and downtime for repairs than gasoline or diesel-powered ones.

Is propane safe?

Propane forklifts are safe to use both indoors and outside. Diesel-powered forklifts cannot be operated indoors, and electric forklifts are inefficient outdoors and can’t operate in wet conditions. That’s why the best option for top performance indoors or out is a propane forklift!

What about propane and the eneviroment?

Propane forklifts emit dramatically fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline-powered forklifts. In the rare event of a propane leak, there’s no environmental damage. Meanwhile, about 40% of the country’s electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants, making electric forklifts not as green as people may think they are.

Can I use propane for other equipment?

If you use forklifts, you probably use other equipment that can run off propane cylinders. In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including welding equipment, commercial mowers, asphalt heaters, concrete grinders, saws, polishers, dust extractors, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps and floor buffers—just to name a few!

Propane can also be used for a wide variety of agricultural applications, including crop warming and drying, weed control, and more.

Restaurants, resorts, hotels, country clubs and many other hospitality businesses use propane cylinders as well—for landscaping equipment, remote cooking, as well as outdoor dining and entertainment areas.

How can I learn more?

Talk to our commercial propane team. They have the expertise and experience to understand your specific needs and tailor a program that will grow with your business—and help your business grow, thanks to the efficiency and power or propane.

Contact us today to learn about how our propane forklift cylinder exchange can help your business!

It’s Chemistry 101—and It’s for Your Safety!

propane tank Loxahatchee, FL Every so often, a customer will call us after a propane delivery to ask why the gauge on their propane tank indicates that it’s not completely full. Often, it’s a customer who is new to propane. It’s a good question—we get it: If you’ve called us to come fill your tank, why isn’t it full? The answer is right out of your high school chemistry book.

Propane, also called LPG or liquid propane gas, is transported and stored in a liquid form. If you paid attention in chemistry, you know that liquids expand when they are heated. What you may not know is that liquid propane expands a lot more, and a lot faster, than some other liquids. Propane will expand nearly 17 times more than water heated the same amount. For your safety, an aboveground propane tank, which is exposed to the sun, is considered “full” at about 80% to provides a cushion against the pressure that builds up inside the tank. Underground tanks are typically filled to about 85% because they are insulated.

This so-called “80% rule” is especially important in places like here in southern Florida, where warmer weather means liquid propane is prone to expansion year-round.

Keep in mind that the amount of gas in the tank doesn’t actually change when propane expands or contracts–only its density does. You might notice that the tank gauge reading fluctuates slightly during quick temperature swings (hot day, cool night), don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal.

Reading Your Tank Gauge

If you have an above-ground propane storage tank, the gas gauge is right at the top of the tank, under a lid or dome. If you have an underground tank, the gauge will be near the fill pipe.
You’ll see a gauge that looks a lot like a speedometer, with numbers going around the edge, and a single pointer. The numbers indicate what percent of gas is in your tank.

Remember, although your tank will never be filled to more than 80%, you should always call for a fill-up before your tank falls below 20% so we have time to schedule a delivery. If your tank falls below that level, you could lose pressure, which can lead to problems with equipment.

Of course, it’s good to know how to check your tank level, but it’s an easy task to forget about. That’s why we give you easier ways to make sure you get propane deliveries when you need them—without having to remember to check your tank and call us for delivery.

Automatic Delivery & Tank Monitoring

We know you’re busy—with plenty of things on your to-do list besides checking your propane tank gauge. That’s why we offer two convenient services to help. Automatic delivery uses a proven system based on your previous usage and other factors to let us calculate when you will need a propane delivery. Not only does it eliminate the need to call for a delivery, but it makes things easier on our end, too: We’re better able to plan deliveries, using the most efficient routes to get to everyone quickly. That saves time and money—savings we can pass on to you.

For seasonal homeowners—and anyone who’s propane usage fluctuates a lot—we recommend our wireless propane monitor. It tracks the level of propane in your tank in real time, and transmits your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via a wireless mobile app.

Of course, we still believe in old-fashioned customer service. That’s why we’re always happy to take your call and answer any questions. Contact us today to sign up for worry-free automatic deliveries or ask about our propane monitors.

Top Commercial Propane Appliances and Equipment

commercial propane equipment palm beach, fl As a business owner, you need to walk a tightrope between delivering a great product or service at a good value while managing efficiency and controlling cost. That’s why you should know all the benefits of commercial propane. Propane is efficient, ecofriendly and safe.

What’s more, it’s a versatile fuel that has a wide range of commercial uses, including agricultural and landscaping uses; industrial, construction and warehouse needs, such as forklifts; hospitality and food service, and more.

Here are just a few of the biggest areas where propane powers commercial equipment:

  1. Commercial cooktops, grills, griddles and fryers, including for food trucks
  2. Water heating for industrial laundry, commercial dishwashing
  3. Outdoor space heating
  4. Barn and greenhouse heaters
  5. Crop-drying equipment
  6. Flame weeders
  7. Mowers
  8. Groundskeeping equipment
  9. Golf carts
  10. Forklifts
  11. Generators
  12. Welding equipment
  13. Asphalt heaters
  14. Concrete grinders
  15. Saws
  16. Dust extractors
  17. Pressure washers
  18. Small cranes
  19. Water pumps
  20. Floor buffers

Why Propane?

What makes propane so effective for commercial applications? Compared to other heating fuels, including electricity, propane heats quickly and burns cleanly, and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Propane costs on average 2.5 times less per Btu than heating with electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, it’s safe, with a very narrow range of flammability.

Power of Propane

More practically, when it comes to powering equipment like forklifts, propane will keep your warehouse, construction, or industrial facilities running smoothly with less downtime.

Propane-fueled forklifts can be used outdoors in wet conditions, unlike electric-powered forklifts. Propane-powered forklifts also handle heavy loads better and are more capable when it comes to inclines. And, they will operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. An electric forklift loses power as the battery drains. Refueling is quick and easy with replaceable cylinders and our convenient cylinder exchange service. Recharging an electric forklift takes equipment out of service for hours, slowing down operations.
In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including.

Propane puts less wear on equipment, keeping it out of the shop and keeping your operations running smoothly.

Turning Up the Heat

Because propane heats so quickly, it’s an excellent fuel for any application requiring hot water. Propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. That makes them ideal for industrial laundry machines and commercial dishwashers, as well as for water heating for hotels and spas. Compact tankless propane water heaters can provide hot water to guest rooms on demand, rather than keeping huge tanks of water hot. Hospitals and nursing facilities have similar water-heating needs to hotels.

Propane Is Clean and Green

From hospitality to manufacturing, customers are paying more attention to the environmental choices all along the supply chain. When it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is a good choice. It burns cleanly, and produces minimal emissions. Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater – an important factor when it comes to determining whether a fuel is “green.”

Propane is also made in the U.S.A. Propane is an American energy source. About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas.

The Bottom Line

Whatever your needs, the pros at Beeline can answer all your questions and assist you with integrating propane into your commercial operation. We’ll set you up on an automatic delivery plan to make sure your business can operate smoothly. And we’ll also help you think about future growth as well. Ready to learn more? Contact us today.

You Don’t Need to Be a Pro to Love Cooking with Gas

gas stove west palm beach, fl Tune into any cooking show, and you’ll never see a chef futzing with trying to heat a pot of skillet over an electric coil. Peek into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant—or sit at a chef’s table with a view of the culinary action—and you’ll see a gas-fired range. But you don’t need to be a professional chef to appreciate the benefits of cooking with a propane stove. Even if all you want to do is heat up a can of soup, here are 7 reasons to love cooking with propane.

Why Cook With Propane?

  1. Control. An electric range will never provide the same control as cooking with gas. Think about why you opt for a propane grill instead of charcoal: you can adjust your flame with the turn of a knob. An electric burner doesn’t respond as quickly, taking more time to reduce or increase the heat. That means you can heat up your soup quickly without it boiling over, and you can keep a delicate sauce at a subtle simmer without scorching.
  2. Cost. Propane burns extremely efficiently: it generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. That means cooking with propane can be significantly cheaper than cooking with electricity, no matter what you’re serving.
  3. Reliability. Propane is a convenient, reliable fuel. You’ll always have a ready supply, especially if you sign up for convenient automatic deliveries. It works when the power is out, which means you don’t have to eat cold soup while you wait for the utility company to restore power. (Propane is great for a whole-house generator, too, speaking of outages!)
  4. Safety. Propane is very safe, thanks to strong government regulation and high industry standards. In fact, recent stories about gas stoves and indoor air quality are a bit misleading: While natural gas stoves can potentially emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, propane contains no methane. And, cooking of any kind creates particulate matter and affects indoor air quality, no matter what fuel is used.
  5. Clean. Not only is propane safe, when it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is one of the cleanest and most efficient fuels around. It produces minimal emissions. Another important factor when it comes to evaluating whether a fuel is “green”: Propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater.
  6. Domestic. Propane is also an American energy source. About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas—which is considered a greenhouse gas when burned. Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas. On the other hand, generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. (Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.)
  7. Versatility. Cooking with propane gas is a smart choice for a lot of reasons, not least of all it gives you a lot more versatility and choice when it comes to running other appliances in your home: water heating, laundry equipment and a range of other appliances can all be run by clean-burning efficient propane instead of electricity.

Want to learn more? The pros at Beeline can answer all your questions, and help make adding a propane range and other appliances to your home easy. Contact us today for more information.

Find Out all the Ways Propane Cylinders Can Help Your Business

forklifts west palm beach, fl When it comes to getting the job done, a propane forklift can be one of the best workers in your operation. They’re powerful and reliable and will help your team work better and more efficiently, which is great for your bottom line.

Most propane-fueled forklifts run off an 8-gallon (or 33-pound) propane cylinder. That size tank usually lasts about eight hours—that’s a full day on the job. What’s more, a propane-powered forklift doesn’t gradually lose power as it uses up fuel. A forklift running on electricity loses power as the battery drains.

Benefits of Propane Forklifts

That’s just one reason using propane-fueled forklifts for your business is a smart move. Here are nine more:

  • Refueling is fast. Swapping out cylinders takes minutes, compared to about 8 hours—another full shift—for an electric forklift to recharge.
  • Faster refueling means less downtime, more time getting the job done
  • Propane-powered forklifts also perform better when it comes to handling heavier loads and are more capable when it comes to inclines.
  • Propane-fueled forklifts also require less maintenance and downtime for repairs than gasoline or diesel-powered ones.
  • Propane forklifts are safe to use both indoors and outside.
  • Propane forklifts emit dramatically fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline-powered forklifts.
  • Propane costs on average 2.5 times less per Btu than heating with electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Clean-burning propane can power much of your landscaping and agricultural equipment, from commercial mowers to irrigation engines.
  • If you use forklifts, you probably use other equipment that can run off propane cylinders, including welding equipment, asphalt heaters, concrete grinders, saws, polishers, trowels, and dust extractors, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps, floor buffers and more.

Cylinder Exchange Makes It Easy

Other types of forklifts require a lot more space and infrastructure. With electric equipment, you need a ventilated indoor charging area, and you may need to install upgraded, higher-voltage lines, plus eyewash stations. If you opt for diesel, you’ll need a fueling station and all the licensing that comes with that.
What makes propane forklifts so much more convenient than other options is that a cylinder exchange program designed to work specifically with your needs means you always have the backup cylinders you need, on site and ready to go.

Our pros will meet with you to evaluate your needs and develop a customized program, then set you up with sturdy, safe storage cages for your cylinders. We’ll thoroughly train your workers in the safe handling of propane cylinders. And you’ll always have the cylinders you need, when you need them.

There’s a reason businesses across south Florida rely on the experts at Beeline for propane forklift cylinder exchange services. Let us put that experience to work for you. Contact us today to learn about how our propane forklift cylinder exchange can help your business!

Let the Pros at Beeline Get You the Perfect Fit

commercial propane tank Palm City, fl When it comes to commercial propane, Beeline is your partner. We’ve got years of experience working with businesses of all sizes and helping them deliver better for their customers with propane. From food trucks to large resort properties, from shipping facilities to landscapers, our customers know they can count on us for reliable service and transparent pricing. But it all starts with the propane tank: Knowing you have the right size commercial propane tank for your business needs helps you focus on the rest of your day-to-day operations.

The right size tank large enough to meet your needs and not so large that you’re constantly paying for refills. Here’s what you need to consider.

Size Matters

The key to what size propane tank you need is what you are using propane for: cooking for a small bistro; cooking and water heating for a larger restaurant; cooking, water heating and laundry machines for a nursing facility or a hotel…or maybe you need to power a couple forklifts or you need to run a standby generator to power essential infrastructure during a power outage. Are you running a small café with just stoves, or do you have a larger establishment with multiple grills, ovens, and heating units? Are you using propane for water heating as well? The more propane-dependent equipment you have, the larger the tank you’ll need.

There are a lot of variables to consider, but the Beeline team can help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs.

Cylinders

Cylinders include a wide range of portable propane storage tanks. They’re typically measured in pounds, rather than gallons, and run from 10 to 100 pounds.

If you need outdoor space heating—patio heaters or fire pits for your restaurant or another hospitality concern, the smaller tanks are perfect, especially if you need your space to be flexible.

Larger cylinders are used to power forklifts and other small construction vehicles. They also are ideal for food trucks. Our team will work with you to calculate your needs, and we can set you up with a schedule for cylinder exchange to ensure you have the supply you need to get your job done.

Storage Tanks

While storage tanks start in sizes a small as 120 gallons, most commercial operations will probably need a minimum size of 250 or 500 gallons, depending on what they are using propane for.

An 800- to 1,000-gallon propane tank will fuel a commercial business using multiple several propane appliances for water heating and cooking as well as high-Btu propane appliances like pool and spa heaters. And for a larger operation, we can set you up with multiple large tanks, positioned for optimal use.

The Bottom Line

Whatever your needs, the pros at Beeline can answer all your questions and assist you with estimating your daily or monthly propane consumption based on your equipment’s specifications and usage patterns. We’ll set you up on an automatic delivery plan to make sure your business can operate smoothly. And we’ll also help you think about future growth as well. If you’re expanding your business or restaurant, it’s wise to invest in a slightly larger tank that can accommodate your anticipated propane demands. Ready to learn more? Contact us today.

The Right Size Tank and Beeline’s Reliable Service Makes All the Difference

propane delivery With all the things on your to-do list, you shouldn’t have to worry about how much propane is in your tank and when to call for a propane delivery. But if you feel like you have to order propane too often, you may need a larger tank.

Obviously, a bigger tank holds more propane, and more propane will last longer. Propane won’t spoil, like other types of fuel, so having too much isn’t a problem. But there’s no need to have the largest possible tank just to avoid runouts. Beeline’s convenient tank monitors and automatic delivery service eliminates any need to worry about running out of propane. So what’s the sweet spot when it comes to propane tank size? As with most things, it depends.

What are you using your propane for?

If you use propane to power an appliance or two, a 500-gallon tank could last as much as 14 months. If you use propane to heat your home, your water and run multiple appliances, you’ll probably need a fill-up every six to eight weeks. That’s based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which finds the average American home uses about 750 gallons each winter. Our heating season tends to be much shorter.

Of course, the age and efficiency of your heating equipment and appliances will make a difference in how much propane you need, but different appliances burn propane at different rates, regardless of how efficient they are.

Some appliances don’t use much propane. For example, a propane range only uses about 35 gallons a year. If that’s your only propane appliance, a 500-gallon tank will last 11 years. A propane fireplace uses about 200 gallons a year.

A traditional water heater burns about 1.5 gallons of propane a day, or about 200-300 gallons per year. A tankless water heater will use between a half a gallon and two gallons per running hour—basically, how long you are using hot water, since they heat on demand. Pool heaters use more propane, because they’re heating a lot more water.

One other factor: How many people are in your household? One or two people will use a lot less water for bathing, dishwashing and laundry than a big family.

When the Power Goes Out

One of the many benefits of running your home with propane is that you can also use propane to power a whole house generator. When storms bring down power lines, a stand-by generator goes on automatically, and can run key equipment or everything in your home. And the average 5000-watt stand-by generator will run for 7 to 10 days on a 500-gallon propane tank.

The bottom line:

If your propane storage tank is too small, you’ll need to order propane too often—or risk the cost and hassle of runouts. Getting a big tank means you’ll need fewer refills—and you may be able to avoid or lessen the sting from price spikes. But, a bigger tank is, well, bigger: you’ll need space to bury it. And if it’s above-ground, a huge tank can be less attractive.

The experts at Beeline can help assess your needs and make sure you get a propane tank that makes sense for your home. Our tank monitors and convenient automatic delivery service help you streamline by eliminating the need to call for deliveries. Contact us for more information and to become a customer today.

Propane Can Do So Much More Than Heating and Cooking

uses of propane Loxahatchee, fl If you have propane for your home, but you’re only using it for heating and cooking, you’re missing out on all the benefits this versatile fuel can deliver. The efficient power of propane means it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances that use hot water or heat, including washers and dryers, dishwashers, outdoor lighting, patio heaters, space heaters, pool and spa heaters, outdoor grills and more. Here are just a few of the ways propane can add value—and comfort—to your home.

How To Make Good Use of Propane’s Efficiency

Backup Power: Here in south Florida, hurricane season is no joke. Having reliable access to backup power can be a lifesaver, and it can add significant value to your home and even lower your insurance premiums. A propane-powered standby generator will come on automatically when the electricity goes down to keep your home running. There’s no need to line up for gasoline, and no need to wrangle equipment outside, maybe in the dark, during a storm.

Outdoor Living: When the weather is good, outdoor living is what South Florida is all about. Fire pits and fire bowls are an attractive focal point and gathering space for entertaining friends and family. Propane patio heaters can take the chill off the occasional chilly night, and propane-fueled pool and spa heaters will warm up water much faster than an electric heater, and maintain the temperature better once the water is warm.

Grilling: If you have a propane range in your kitchen, you already know that nothing beats the precision and control you get cooking with gas. That’s why it’s the first choice of professional chefs in the kitchen—but it delivers the same precise temperature control on the patio. A propane grill makes outdoor cooking as easy as turning on your kitchen cooktop: Flip a switch, turn a knob and set your heat level. There’s less waiting time, too, because a propane grill is hot and ready to go in about 10 minutes. Compare that to 30 minutes or more to get charcoal hot.

Indoor fireplaces: A propane fireplace brings all the ambiance and warmth of a wood-burning fireplace to any room, without the mess, smoke, and ash. And unlike a traditional fireplace, you can install a propane-fueled fireplace just about anywhere: living room, dining room, bedroom, even the kitchen. Imagine the luxe, spa-like glamour of a fireplace in your master bath!

Space heating: Propane wall and space heaters make it easy to heat spaces your heating system doesn’t reach—like additions, sunrooms, attics, workshops, and garages when unpredictable weather patterns result in unusually cold weather that most south Florida homes are not designed for.

The Value Proposition

Whether you are refurbishing your existing home, building your dream house, or just looking for ways to reduce your fuel bills, propane provides great value. Your team of pros at Beeline can answer all your questions, and help make adding propane appliances to your home easy.

Contact us today for more information.

Know the Pros and Cons to Make the Best Choice for Your Business

gas forklift service west palm beach, fl In a challenging economic climate, it’s important to manage costs while maintaining the quality and service your customers expect. It’s true for everything from office supplies to major equipment upgrades. If you work with forklifts regularly, you may be looking for the best way to balance cost and performance as you update your fleet. Other than for extra-heavy-duty jobs and rugged outdoor terrain, your best options are between propane-powered forklifts and electric. Both options offer a cleaner-burning alternative to diesel-powered equipment. And, as we’ve seen recently, electric rates are rising due to increased demand, which levels the field compared to propane costs that can fluctuate with the market. Depending on how and where you operate forklifts—and what other equipment you operate, there are distinct benefits and downsides to either type of forklift.

Here’s our guide to the pros and cons of propane-powered forklifts vs electric forklifts.

Pros of Electric Forklifts:

  • Low maintenance costs because there are fewer moving parts
  • Zero emissions, so good for indoor spaces.
  • Very quiet to operate
  • No need to store fuel on site
  • Lower center of balance, better turn ratios and better rear-view visibility

Cons of Electric Forklifts

  • Not ideal for outdoor/wet operations
  • Not ideal for steady/constant operation
  • More downtime for charging—8 hours plus cool-down time
  • Batteries lose power as they drain, and drain faster with heavier loads
  • Expensive up-front costs
  • Requires ventilation around charging areas,
  • Need to install eyewash stations
  • May require upgraded higher-voltage lines

Cons of Propane Forklifts

  • Require regular maintenance—tune-ups, oil changes, etc.
  • Require designated area and racks for cylinder storage
  • Emit small amounts of carbon dioxide, so not ideal for extended use in unventilated spaces
  • Noisier than electric models

Pros of Propane Forklifts

  • Operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder
  • Extremely efficient compared to
  • Replacing cylinders takes minutes, less downtime
  • Better at handling heavier loads and more capable when it comes to inclines.
  • Propane is versatile, and can power other equipment you may use besides forklifts: welding equipment, commercial mowers, asphalt heaters, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps, floor buffers and more.
  • Longer equipment life overall

The Convenience of Propane

Warehouse management, construction, and industrial facilities rely on forklifts. Let our team show you why propane-fueled forklifts will keep your operation running smoothly with minimal downtime. Beeline’s commercial cylinder exchange program ensures you always have full tanks on site and ready to go. Our expert team is here to support you and your business. We work with you to evaluate your needs and set you up with sturdy, safe storage cages.

From safety training to reliable delivery service, Beeline’s commercial propane team has the expertise to understand your specific needs and tailor a program that will grow with your business—and help your business grow, thanks to the efficiency and power or propane.

Contact us today to learn about how our propane forklift cylinder exchange can help your business!