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Winter is a great time to cuddle up beside a roaring fire and watch the snow fall with a hot beverage.

And for many, that roaring fire comes courtesy of a propane fireplace. Not only is it a cost-effective way to heat your home, it’s a low-maintenance way to relax. Here are some benefits of propane fireplaces.

Easy Starts

What would you rather do after a long day at work? Chop your own firewood, haul it inside, and struggle to light it or push a button for an instant flame?

We thought so.

Propane takes all the hard work out of starting a fire, so you’re left with more time to enjoy it.

Peace of Mind

With a wood-burning fireplace, there are lots of questions. Is the fire really out? Is it okay to leave it unattended for a brief period? How safe is it?

Propane fireplaces erase that worry.

When you’re done enjoying the fire, just push a button. No need to smother it or double check that it’s out.

Low Maintenance

Propane fires are hands-off. Since the logs inside them are fake, you don’t have to clean up soot. And there’s no worries about creosote, a dangerous, flammable byproduct of burning wood. There’s very little cleaning involved.

Inexpensive

Since propane is cheaper than other kinds of fuel, propane fireplaces are also cost effective. And propane fireplaces also heat rooms more evenly than wood-burning fireplaces, so they can also be used as an alternative to space heaters and furnaces in smaller areas, helping you save on your energy bills.

Need propane for your fireplace or other appliances? Contact Lakes Gas.

Propane GrillThe first snowfall of the year signals the official end of outdoor grilling season.

Stowing your propane grill properly will lengthen its life and help you avoid potential safety risks.

Here are some tips courtesy of FamilyHandyMan.com.

Clean it: Year-old grease and long-forgotten hamburger remnants are not the best ways to start next summer. Give your grill a good scrub before you store it.

Power down: Shut off the propane tank, unfasten the burner and slip the tubes off the gas lines. Your owner's manual will have directions specific to your grill.

Spray it: Spray cooking oil on metal parts. This will prevent rust during wet weather.

Wrap it: Wrap the burners in plastic grocery bags to prevent insects from making their homes there during the winter. These pests are not just scary; they could cause uneven flames or fires when you light the grill again. Give the grill's gas line opening the same treatment.

Store it: Should you disconnect the tank from the grill? It depends on where you're storing it. If you're leaving the grill outside, cover it but leave the tank connected, but shut off. If you're bringing the grill inside your house, shed, or garage, disconnect the tank, and leave that outside. You should never bring a propane tank inside, to avoid a potential explosion. Store it upright and away from dryer or furnace vents.

These tips will keep your grill ready for next year and many years to come.

Snow HuntFall may be winding down, but it's still hunting season for many types of game.

Propane is a great way to keep you warm in your blind when you hunt this winter. But before you power up your propane heater, there are safety tips you should follow to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Ensure proper ventilation. Position the heater near an opening in the blind so the carbon monoxide can escape. Carbon monoxide trapped inside the blind can cause poisoning and death.

Make sure the heater is safe to use indoors. Heaters designed for outdoor use may not vent properly. Some models have an auto shut-off feature to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.

Use the buddy system. Heaters can malfunction. Fires can start. Hunting with a friend means you'll have someone there to help in a dangerous situation. Be sure to let others know where you'll be in case of an emergency.

A little caution makes it easy to stay safe and warm this hunting season. Have fun out there!

Fall is just around the corner, and that means everyone's getting ready for football season. This tasty dip from Laurie H. from our Cook, Minnesota location is perfect for your next tailgate party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 ounces pepperoni or cooked sausage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 1 or more French baguettes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, oregano, parsley and basil.
  2. Spread mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, or a shallow microwave-safe dish.
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce over all.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, top with green pepper, pepperoni (sausage) and olive slices.
  6. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with French baguette bread.

Thank you, Laurie!

Enjoy!

CornLast fall's propane shortage and wet weather left farmers scrambling to properly dry their grain. We don't know what this harvest season will hold, but with a few handy tips from Corn and Soybean Digest, you'll be able to handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Screen it

You know that saying "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch." That's true with grain, too. Broken or tiny kernels can block airflow to your high-quality grain, so separate them out with a rotary screen or gravity screen. That way, they won't spoil your good crops.

Customize it

Corn is usually dried at 15 to 20 percent for long-term storage. But your low-quality corn has different needs. You'll need to dry that at about two points lower than average to avoid mold issues that could ruin the crop.

Lower it

High drying temperatures can cause cracks or breaks. Limiting the drying temperature on high-moisture corn can help avoid these issues.

Core and level it

After you've screen-cleaned your grain, it's ready for the storage bin. After you fill the bin, you'll notice broken pieces, cobs, and other debris have accumulated in the center. Remove these items to ensure proper airflow. Then level the grain to prevent moisture build-up on top of the bin that could lead to mold.

Need propane for your grain drying operation? Talk to a Lakes Gas sales representative today.

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