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Let Propane Power your Business

Commercial propane ImageYou know propane is used in homes across America every day. But did you know it's also a great choice to power your business?

Lakes Gas customers includes farmers, contractors, forklift operators, and companies in many other industries. We can also power the buses, trucks, or cars in your commercial fleet.

Here are some reasons to consider commercial propane:

Cheaper to Operate
Business owners are concerned with ROI, return on investment. And when it comes to big returns, propane is a clear winner. Propane-powered appliances can cost more up front, but the reduced operating costs and lower fuel prices will quickly help them pay for themselves.

More Efficient
Propane may be more expensive than natural gas per unit, but it has more than twice the usable energy per cubic foot of natural gas. So when you choose commercial propane, you're getting much more energy bang for your buck. That's savings you can pass on to your customers.

Greener
Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas. It is clean-burning and made in the USA. As more and more customers think about the environment, your use of commercial propane can be a powerful marketing tool reach new demographics.

Find out more about how Lakes Gas can help you with your commercial propane needs here.

Open House Scheduled June 26

Come down to Lakes Gas in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Friday, June 26th for an open house. It'll run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2610 E. US Highway 169. Brats, hot dogs, chips and pop will be served by the Trout Lake Fire Department until they're gone. Donations are welcome. You can also take advantage of $10 cylinder refill specials and register for drawings. Live music by Country Legends will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you there!

Click here for Event Details & Offers

Buy Your Way

New Buying ProgramHow do you want to buy?

Lakes Gas gives you options. You can save money over time with our budget program, pay in installments, or lock in a low rate.

Here's some more information on our buying programs:

Budget Program
With the budget program, you will get a discounted market price that will vary for each delivery. A price cap will ensure your price will not exceed a certain amount.

Full Pre-buy
Don't want to worry about a monthly bill? You can pre-pay for all the propane you'll need for the term of your contract. This comes with two options.

  • Installments

This program is great for those who don't want a monthly bill but also don't want to pay the entire cost of their propane up-front. With installment buying, you'll pay 50 percent of the cost up-front, 25 percent 30 days into the program and 25 percent 60 days into the program.

  • Locked Pricing

In this plan, you get a locked-in rate, which you pay in full 30 days after delivery of your first gallons.

Not sure which plan is right for you? Read more about our pricing programs or contact a Lakes Gas sales representative.

Summer Propane Safety: Hot Tips

Summer GrillingWhen you think summer, you think propane, right?

Okay, maybe it's not the first thing that pops into your head when the temperature starts to climb. But with all the grilling, camping, and road trips it helps fuel, propane might just be the unofficial gas of the season.

Here are some tips to make sure you're using propane safely this summer.

Pre-Grilling Guidelines
Before you fire up the grill, it's best to check it to make sure it is working properly after months without use. Check your hoses for cracks, holes and leaks. Scope out the tubes leading to the burner and make sure they aren't blocked. Clean old grease from drip trays and grates. Issue eviction notices to any spiders that have turned your grill into an arachnid condominium over the winter.

Then, look at the propane tank itself. Be on the lookout for dents, gouges, corrosion, signs of leakage, or excessive rust. If you see any damage, contact your propane supplier. If needed, they can They'll help you properly dispose of the old tank. While you're at it, order a new tank. Those burgers are not going to cook themselves.

Fire It Up!
Now it's time to get grilling. To light your grill, open the lid and ignite the burner immediately. You don't want to trap the gas under the lid and cause a fire. And since you're working with an open flame, you'll obviously want to keep flammable materials – and people– away. So tell the knitting circle to give you some space.

If it's raining and you still want to grill, resist the urge to turn your garage into an outdoor kitchen. Propane grills need proper ventilation, and your garage doesn't have it. Keep your grilling to outdoor, open areas, and cook your rainy-day burgers on the stove.

Take your Tank
Before you grill anything, you'll probably need to transport your propane tank from the store to your home. Do it safely, and you'll live to grill again. Here are some safety tips:

Keep the tank upright. It should sit in your truck bed or trunk. Rolling or bouncing could cause a dent or puncture.

Don't leave it in your car. The sun, as you may know, is incredibly hot. Heat makes things expand. And expanding propane gas could explode ignite. So remove the tank from your car as quickly as possible. Explosions might look cool in the movies, but they could really ruin your barbecue.

Cap it. Always close the cylinder valve and use a cylinder plug while transporting propane. You might think your tank is empty, but some gas could still leak out and fill your car. And driving a ball of gas is not a great idea.

Follow your nose. Propane gas is odorless, but it contains an additive so you'll know when there is a leak. If you smell rotten eggs, pull over and remove the tank from your car. You can always get another propane tank. You can't get another you.

Follow these Summer Propane Safety Hot Tips and you will have successful grilling this summer.

Looking for a propane supplier that fits your busy schedule?

Lakes Gas Co. is that company.

Unlike other propane suppliers, Lakes gas lets you handle almost everything with the click of a mouse. You can pay your bill, request a delivery, update your billing address and more – without ever picking up a phone.

What about a supplier who gives you more buying options?

That's us, too!

We have a variety of ways to buy. You can prepay, or pay-as-you go with our budget program. Don't know which plan you need? Our experts will help you determine which one meets your needs.

And we can even service your farm or business with our commercial buying programs.

Choose the supplier who puts your needs first. Choose Lakes Gas.