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53 Open House 2016 1We had a great time at our 9th annual open house in Grand Rapids, Minn. June 17th. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. We had great music by the band Country Legends and some lucky folks won some pretty neat raffle prizes.

Winners were:
Grand Prize, a Black Stone tailgate grill – Rick Pint

Hazardous Gas Detector – Tammy Warner

Mr. Heater – Charlotte Britney

Keep checking back for more open houses and other Lakes Gas news.

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puppy20watetankWe love how propane powers our everyday activities in an earth-friendly, economical way.

But let’s face it, the tanks used to store it aren’t exactly beautiful.

So how can you use propane without an ugly tank ruining your curb appeal?

As we’ve said before, painting it to match your house might not be a great idea. Dark colors can absorb more sunlight, and cause the gas inside to expand, which could lead to leaks.

But don’t worry, there are tons of other options for concealing your tank.

Covers come in two basic types: those that disguise your tank and those that decorate it.

Large Tanks
Most options for large tanks are meant to conceal. You could turn it into a huge rock, with RockOn propane covers. Or blend it into the landscape with Ugly Tank Covers. They’re made right here in Minnesota and were created by Lakes Gas customers Fred and Ann Silloway. If you do camouflage your tank, just be sure it is visible for deliveries and emergencies. A brightly-colored banner on top is discrete but will ensure the people who need to find your tank can do so.

Small Tanks
With small tanks, you can get more practical. This cover from Woodland Direct doubles as an end table and you’d never know what’s hiding underneath. This one from Real Flame looks like a tiny chimney sticking out of your yard. And covers from Bottle Skinz let you support your favorite team or display your love of puppies. Just remember to store the tank away from the sun if you’re wrapping it in a dark-colored fabric.

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fotolia 112376459When you grill up your burgers and hot dogs this 4th of July, you won’t just be sporting your favorite star-spangled shirt. You’ll be cooking with patriotic fuel, too.

That’s because propane is made in America.

So every time you light up your grill, you’re supporting the 50,000 American workers employed in the propane industry.

And unlike gasoline, prices and availability of propane aren’t influenced by turmoil overseas. You can count on an abundant supply and steady prices.

So raise your tongs to propane, the most American way to red, white and fuel your backyard cookout.

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cypress photo slide 001 5c492397 1b86 497e 8dc1 57291218baa6 grandeTiny houses are gaining popularity. TV shows like FYI Network’s “Tiny House Nation” and HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living” are inspiring more people to go small - in houses about 400 square feet or less, often on wheels.

Tiny house devotees love the freedom and flexibility of smaller spaces. They can bring their house with them wherever they go, spend less money than they would on a mortgage or rent, customize their house to their needs and lifestyle, and live with fewer material possessions.

And tiny houses almost always rely on propane for powering daily activities. It’s inexpensive, easy to store, and- most importantly- portable.

So if you’re tempted to go tiny, here are some tips from the blog Tiny House Basics, written by Shelley and Joshua, a married couple who built their 374-square foot tiny house in 7 days with the help of the “Tiny House Nation” TV show crew.

Store It
Shelley and Joshua store their 10-gallon propane tank and water heater in a small cupboard attached to the exterior of their tiny home. It conceals their tank while protecting it from the elements and keeping it easily accessible for refilling. As storing propane inside your home could be hazardous, this is a great solution.

Track Your Usage
The couple keep a log on their tank detailing the date and amount of every fill-up, as well as the cost, so they know how much propane they are using and how much it’s costing them.

Make Changes
Tracking your propane usage allows you to change it. That’s what Shelley and Joshua did when they saw how much propane they were using each month with just one task-boiling water for coffee. They switched to an electric kettle to use less propane and conserve the fuel for hot showers and cooking. So far, they said, the switch is working well.

Be Safe
Shelley and Joshua had professionals handle the propane gas line installation. If you’re thinking about building your own tiny house, you should follow suit. And before you move in, brush up on safety guidelines so you know how to react if there’s a leak.

For more on tiny houses, read the Tiny House Basics blog.

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Image courtesy of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

map of stone lake wiHey Lakes Gas customers! If you use the Spooner, Wisconsin branch, you’ll want to know about its new location. It recently moved to Stone Lake, Wisconsin, about 20 minutes away. Stop by their new location, at 16220 West State Road 70. Or give them a call at 715-865-3143.

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