Propane Heater and Appliance
Propane is used as fuel in cooking on many barbecues, portable stoves, combustion-based potato guns, and in motor vehicles. The ubiquitous 4.73-gallon (20 Lb.) steel container is often dubbed a "barbecue bottle". Propane powers some locomotives, buses, forklifts, and taxis and is used for heat and cooking in recreational vehicles and campers. In many rural areas of North America, propane is used in furnaces, cooking stoves, water heaters, laundry dryers, and other heat-producing appliances.
Propane heaters use pressurized gas to heat areas that aren't well insulated, such as patios, warehouses, and garages. Propane heaters are often portable, so they can be taken out for special occasions, and self-contained, which means they do not need to be hooked to external gas lines or electricity. Construction businesses, event planners, and homeowners prefer propane heaters for many different applications.
Permanent propane heaters need to be mounted to the floor, wall, or ceiling, and require a building permit. Often, they have a forced air component that distributes the warmth. This fan must be powered by electricity, so these heaters are plugged into an electrical outlet. They are usually larger and require a vent to the outside. Since propane uses oxygen to burn, any enclosed space with a propane heater must receive oxygen to replenish the supply.