Common Propane QuestionsI'm a first-time propane user. What should I know?
Like anything, propane can be a little scary if you've never used it before. But don't sweat it. All you need is a little knowledge about how propane works and what to expect during a delivery and you'll be comfortable in no time. You can get started here.

How do I know which buying program is right for me?
That depends on your needs and how you want to pay. Lakes Gas Co. offers a variety of buying programs. Our most popular- Pre-buy and Budget, give you the flexibility you need to make the choice that's right for you. Find out more about our buying programs here.

I used way more propane than normal. How can I tell if I have a leak?
Just because you've used more propane than expected doesn't necessarily mean there's a leak. Cold weather can cause increased usage. So if it's colder than normal, you probably just used a bit more propane than you anticipated.

If you smell gas, however, leave the area immediately and call the fire department and your propane supplier.

If you suspect a minor leak but don't smell gas, it's a good idea to check for yourself. Follow these tips from our friends at

Can I paint my tank to match my house?
Only if your house is a light color. Dark colors absorb more heat from the sun and can expand. Because of safety features your tank won't explode, but the expanding gas could cause a leak.

How do I dispose of used tanks?
Small propane cylinders usually have expiration dates. After this date, they can be dangerous to use. Rusted or punctured tanks may also need to be retired, as they could be dangerous to use. If your tank is no longer usable, the easiest and safest option is to leave it with the propane company. They'll know how to safely dispose of it.

Have more propane questions? Contact your local Lakes Gas office and ask one of our professionals.

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