See the most popular fire pits below

Landmann 28335 Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit, Georgia Clay, 12.5-inches deep

Big Sky Fire Pit Stars and Moons. The bowl depth is 12.5-inch.

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UniFlame WAD820SP 34-Inch Slate & Marble Firepit with Copper Accents

34″ Slate & Marble Surround Fire pit with copper Accents

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Char-Broil Trentino Deluxe Outdoor Fireplace

The Char-Broil Trentino Deluxe Fireplace is the step up version of the very popular Trentino fireplace. The Trentino…

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If you have an outdoor patio or deck, chances are you enjoy entertaining guests and enjoying the cool evening air while you are outside. A fire pit can be a great addition to any deck, since it provides warmth for the cool winter months and light for enjoying the deck or patio well past the time the sun sets. Many propane fire pits offer a grilling rack so that it is possible to grill certain foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, or even make s’mores for a lazy evening.

The Landmann Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit, Georgia Clay, 10-inches deep
offers a unique addition to any patio or deck with its cutout moons and stars pattern. The deep reddish clay color sets it apart from traditional wrought iron fire pits and it has a 397-inch burn surface so that the entire family can crowd around and enjoy toasted marshmallows or hot dogs. Included in the kit is a spark guard and a poker so safety is immediately taken care of with this outdoor pit.

The unit only weighs about 50 pounds, making it portable for taking camping, to the beach, or anywhere a warm, cozy fire would be enjoyed. If you have never owned a propane fire pit before, it is recommended that the bottom of the bowl of this outdoor pit be filled with sand to protect the area below from immediate heat. This will keep your deck or the grass below the pit from scorching and provides an extra level of safety.

When it comes to the care of the pit, it should not be left out in the rain, even though it is a deck utility. Covers are made to protect the fire pit from corrosion, since if the bowl is corroded the pit becomes unsafe to use. Keep this in mind when considering purchasing your unit, as you will need to procure a cover that is designed to fit the unit, as well as a bag of sand to fill the bottom.

The Landmann pit is a great option for first time outdoor pit owners because of the included grill rack which lets you cook using your fire, and the poker and spark shield that are included are of top quality. Many other fire pits on the market do not include these items, so for the price you pay for this Landmann, it is well worth the cost.

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Read about this portable Weber Grill when you need an easy to transport grill.

When you are looking for an excellent portable grill that is fueled by propane, then the Weber 1520 propane gas go anywhere grill would be the first one that you should look at.

Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill

Here is the best gas grill of this size for the beach, camping, or a weekend getaway to the lake. This portable grill features Weber’s patented Flavorizer System, which distributes heat evenly across the cooking surface, essentially eliminating flare-ups.

A quick look at this Weber portable gas grill features:

  • To prevent fading and rusting, this grill has porcelain-enameled coating. This helps protect the grill for years to come.
  • The legs to the grill pivot to help stabilize the grill and also helps lock the lid in place when you store it.
  • It is a compact grill weighing only 15 pounds, but will give you a large 160 square inches of cooking surface.
  • Comes with the patented Weber Flavorizer bar.
  • The 1520 Weber gas grill comes with the easy to use push button ignition system.
  • Uses disposable 14.1-oz LP gas cylinder (not included)
  • Limited Warranty

Read more about the Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill here

Who doesn’t like tailgating at the ball game? Then you should bring the Weber 1520 go anywhere grill with you. It is compact and lightweight so it is easy to bring with you, but also give you a generous amount of cooking space, enough for 4 medium sized steaks.

To insure the heat from the grill is distributed evenly to the cooking surface, this grill includes the Weber Flavorizer System. This bar also helps to eliminate flare-ups too.

This grill is great to bring when camping or traveling to the lake or beach. Why do you think they call it the go anywhere grill?


Read more about the Weber 1520 Go-Anywhere Grill reviews here.
It currently has a 4 1/2  star rating out of 5 from the reviewers.

GasGoAnywhere grill Grilling hot dogs

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Here are the Michigan Propane Prices for the week ending January 19, 2015

12/15/2014 2.152
12/22/2014 2.132
12/29/2014 2.185
1/5/2015 2.153
1/12/2015 2.178
1/19/2015 2.179

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Propane Gas Regulators

Bayou Classic 7850 0-30 PSI Adjustable High-Pressure Propane Regulator for 1/4-Inch Inlets and Outlets

7850 This High Pressure Regulator/Valve is the perfect addition to all of your outdoor cooking. Any product behind the Bayou Classic name is known for…

Camp Chef HRL replacement hose and regulator, 1 PSI

The Camp Chef HRL is a replacement hose for low pressure systems. 1 PSI hose and regulator.

Smith Lp Propane Regulator Cga 510 30-50-510 New

Smith propane regulator #30-50-510.    These regulators feature forged brass bonnet ring, long T-bar adjusting screw and dual gauges … in both…

What is a propane regulator? The purpose of a regulator is regulate or control the flow of propane gas. These will usually be found when you are using a heater for camping or a barbecue grill. A propane regulator will allow you to adjust the amount of propane fuel that is being used. They are also used as a safety feature too.
The idea behind using a gas regulator is to control of limit the amount of propane gas that is passing through the fuel line. The regulator is often manually operated so you may turn it off completely when it is no longer in use. When it is in use, you can adjust the amount of gas being used. You can adjust it so just the right amount is being used. If to little is flowing, then the grill won’t stay lit. If too much (and too much pressure) is going through the fuel line, it can cause an accident or possibly an explosion.

Most people have used a regulator without really thinking about it. Most of the time you have used it with your propane grill. When you go to use your grill, you open up the regulator to allow gas to flow to the burners. Once they are lit, you can then adjust the amount of lp gas that is being consumed.

Buying a propane gas regulator is very easy to do. You can find many sizes to fit your needs online. A good name brand propane regulator by Weber, GasWatch LP and Mr. Heater can be purchased for around $20.

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Weekly Propane Prices for the week ending January 19, 2015

Weekly Residential Propane Prices
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 1/19/2015
East Coast (PADD 1) 2.947 2.934 3.052
New England (PADD 1A) 3.017 3.00 3.109
Connecticut 2.714 2.768 2.83
Maine 2.688 2.704 2.69
Massachusetts 3.133 3.127 3.179
New Hampshire 3.244 3.209 3.231
Rhode Island 3.376 3.351 3.501
Vermont 3.045 2.963 3.45
Central Atlantic (PADD 1B) 2.871 2.853 2.994
Delaware 3.051 3.008 3.099
Maryland 2.915 2.895 3.034
New Jersey 3.384 3.385 3.447
New York 2.786 2.762 2.939
Pennsylvania 2.779 2.765 2.899
Lower Atlantic (PADD 1C) 2.997 2.992 3.09
Florida 4.365 4.41 4.328
Georgia 2.28 2.289 2.341
North Carolina 2.693 2.66 2.838
Virginia 2.864 2.845 3.041
Midwest (PADD 2) 1.92 1.916 1.908
Illinois 1.814 1.805 1.79
Indiana 2.08 2.091 2.103
Iowa 1.565 1.558 1.553
Kansas 1.684 1.678 1.647
Kentucky 2.143 2.147 2.162
Michigan 2.153 2.178 2.179
Minnesota 1.844 1.839 1.821
Missouri 1.87 1.871 1.865
Nebraska 1.351 1.307 1.299
North Dakota 1.646 1.639 1.576
Ohio 2.392 2.386 2.388
Oklahoma 1.914 1.894 1.856
South Dakota 1.645 1.632 1.633
Tennessee 3.127 3.107 3.168
Wisconsin 1.813 1.809 1.79

source: EIA

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Do you enjoy spending a summer’s afternoon on your deck grilling and cooking for a few friends? Or how about sitting around a nice propane fire pit? I find it very relaxing to do. The only thing that is a hassle is when I run out of propane and need to refill my tank. Lets look at how you can go about refilling that tank for your next barbecue.

Years ago in my area, you would have to travel a bit to go find a propane dealer to fill up your tank. Now there are several companies that have propane tank exchanges that makes refilling and exchanging so much easier today.

Blue Rhino Propane and AmeriGas are 2 of the largest propane tank exchange companies in the United States.

Blue Rhino (which is owned by Ferrellgas LLP) can be found at Lowe’s, and at convenience stores and gas stations and thousands of other locations nationwide. Wal-Mart also has a propane tank exchange with Blue Rhino. You can either purchase a tank from Blue Rhino, or exchange a tank you already own. Before you exchange your existing tank, it will need to be checked out to see it is acceptable for exchange. They do not want to take an old rusted out unsafe tank.

Exchanging the tank is very easy to do. Just go to the exchange location, find a clerk and you can be walking out with a new full tank in just a few minutes. Just one bit of advice, don’t go when you are in a rush to exchange the tank. Sometimes it takes awhile for a clerk to come around to take your tank and to unlock the storage and give you a new one. So you might want to only exchange when the store isn’t busy.

AmeriGas tank exchange works the same way. They are located at Home Depots and other locations throughout the United States. AmeriGas also offers a self-serve exchange. You go to their exchange kiosk, and pay with a credit card. After the transaction is approved, it will tell you which numbered locker to exchange your tank with. Go over to it, open it up, take out the full tank and place your empty one in there. Nice and easy right?

Exchanging a propane tank versus refilling the tank

If there is a refill station near you, it might be more convenient and perhaps cheaper to have your tank refilled instead of exchanged. Here is something you need to know. When you go to exchange a propane tank, just don’t compare prices. You are exchanging a 20-pound capacity propane tank, but as of this writing, Blue Rhino and AmeriGas only fill it to 15 pounds. So if you call a propane dealer and ask their price for a refill, it may sound more expensive, but the dealer will fill it to about 18 pounds. When you go to the Blue Rhino or AmeriGas station, you will see that they do state their tanks are filled to 15 pounds. As always, you should compare propane prices.

Transporting Your Propane Tank

Transporting your full propane tank is safe to do if you follow some basic common sense.
This is stating the obvious. Propane is a flammable fuel and you must use care in transporting it. If you are carrying it in the back of a pickup truck, you must secure the propane tank so it doesn’t roll around. The same holds true if you put the tank in the trunk of your car or in the passenger compartment. If you propane tank is not secured it can cause damage to your car and even possibly explode.

Some people will use a cardboard box or a milk crate to help secure the tank and to keep it in it’s upright position. Do not leave a propane tank in your car for any length of time. If you go out shopping, refilling or exchanging the tank should be the last stop on your trip. After receiving a filled tank, you should bring it home and store it properly.

Propane Tank Exchange Locations

Find Blue Rhino propane tank exchange locations here.

Find AmeriGas propane tank exchange locations here.

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Propane gas is a very green and energy efficient fuel to use. People are increasingly turning to propane water heaters to take advantage of that. This article will review and price compare tank less propane water heaters, portable propane water heaters and traditional tank water heaters.

Eccotemp Systems portable tankless water heater

This is a portable tankless water heater that you can use and bring everywhere. Some of its uses are for outdoor work like washing boats and cars. You can use it for taking hot showers outdoors at the beach or lake house. It is also great for camping or if you have a cabin off the grid so to speak. This gives you instant hot water when you turn it on. There is no reservoir, so as long as the water is running it will be hot. It delivers 1 gallon of hot water per minute and has an adjustable water temperature from 80 degrees up to 150 degrees. It will fit any standardize garden hose style nozzle. This unit comes with a shower nozzle with an on-off control. It also includes hose and regulator to attach to a propane tank.
This Eccotemp Systems portable tankless water heater has a 4.5 star rating out of 5 with 28 customer reviews. For more information and reviews, please click here

Portable Tankless Water Heater with Shower Head
Endless hot water, in a FLASH! LP – powered Portable Tankless Water Heater. Hot water, instantly and exactly where you need it! Great for camping, cabin…
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Price: $129.50

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Propane Tankless Water Heaters
Also known as tankless on demand propane water heaters. This type of propane water heater has become very popular over the last few years? Why? Because they use less energy and will save you money on your propane bills in the long run. These units use about 50 percent less propane gas than a typical tank water heater. They will only burn gas when you use water on demand. With a typical tank water heater, even when you are not using it, the water must still be heated so it is hot when you finally use it. With an on demand propane water heater, it only goes on when you want hot water.
The best selling model at Amazon is the Bosch 1600H LP AquaStar 4.3 GPM Indoor Tankless Liquid Propane Water Heater. This unit can practically give you endless hot water. It delivers up to 4.3 gallons per minute. No more yelling at the hot water hog in the house anymore. This is compact and is lightweight so you can mount it on a wall for easy installation. This has a 3.5 star out of 5 rating on Amazon.

Bosch 1600H LP AquaStar 4.3 GPM Indoor Tankless Liquid Propane Water Heater
Bosch, 1 Major Appliance Or Shower At A Time, Hydro Ignition, LP Tankless Water Heater, Hydro Ignition Means No Standing Pilot Or Electricity Needed,…
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
76% Buy This Item After Viewing It
Price: $652.06

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than a tank water heater, but will pay for itself in lower propane gas usage. Depending on the tankless model you purchase, you may qualify for a tax credit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. High efficient propane water heaters installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 will be eligible for a tax credit. With water heaters, you can reclaim 30 percent of the installed cost and the credit goes up to $1,500. Not bad having Uncle Sam pay part of your new propane water heater.
Propane Tank Water Heaters
These are the traditional tank water heaters you have always seen. They have become much more energy efficient in recent years. A tank can typically be purchased from $350 and up. While your initial cost may be low, they are much more expensive in the long run to operate as compared to a tankless water heater. These models also qualify for the energy credit if they meet certain energy efficient ratings

RHEEM 50 Gallon FVR Propane Water Heater 6YR 22V50F1P

50 Gallons Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant Propane Water Heater 6-year WarrantyFeatures:6-Year Limited Tank and Parts WarrantyOne-of-a-kind air/fuel…

$395.39

RHEEM 40 Gallon FVR Propane Water Heater 6YR 22V40F1P

40 Gallons Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant Propane Water Heater 6-year WarrantyFeatures:6-Year Limited Tank and Parts WarrantyOne-of-a-kind air/fuel…

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The average residential propane price rose 6.2 cents per gallon to reach 246.6 cents per gallon. This was an increase of 14.9 cents per gallon compared to the same period last year. Wholesale propane prices increased 11.2 cents per gallon to reach 142.2 cents per gallon. This was an increase of 61.5 cents per gallon when compared to the December 29, 2008 price of 80.7 cents per gallon.

Propane Inventories Fall
Propane inventories in the U.S. fell by 1.5 million barrels last week to 52.5 million. The largest draw of 1.1 million barrels occurred in the Gulf Coast region. The Midwest regional stocks fell by 0.5 million barrels and the Rock Mountain/West Coast region drew slightly. The East Cost regional stocks built by 0.1 million barrels.

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