For over ten years, propane has played an important role in my preparedness life. Both my former home in Washington State and my mountain home in Arizona have relied on propane for heat, cooking, and hot water as well as the incidentals of BBQs, fire pits, and lanterns.
As a result, over the years I have written two separate series around the topic of “propane for preppers”. Credit where credit is due: the second series (in 2015) was authored as a guest piece from my pal Ron Brown. Those articles subsequently became the basis for the 7th book in the Non-Electric Lighting Series.
That brings us to today.
I have close to zero confidence that our leaders have the wherewithal to prevent a cyberattack on our grid specifically and our utilities generally. That includes the propane that is supplied directly to our homes via local utility companies.
That is not to say that a cyberattack is the only risk to consistent propane delivery. Fossil fuels of all types are under attack by our own government and until/unless the narrative changes, I can imagine a time when non-green fuels will be rationed.
In my effort to bolster my own reserve of portable propane (meaning propane not provided by our local gas company), I recently revisited Ron’s book and reminded myself of the excellent job he has done in educating us in propane independence as well as propane safety.
I reached out to Ron and asked him for permission to reprint his book as a series of articles on Strategic Living and he said yes! How cool is that?
In Ron Brown’s Words
Before getting started, let me tease you with a few words from Ron.
- Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric light bulbs. And PROPANE mantle lanterns have advantages over liquid-fueled lanterns.
- For one thing, propane does not degrade in storage. You can store it for fifty years. It’s still the same stuff. Hook it up and it works. What other petroleum-based fuel can you say that about?
- And propane is convenient compared to liquid fuels. No messy spills. No stinky rags. Certainly, that’s worth something.
- The book that Gaye is sharing with you covers safety (from crystal meth to carbon monoxide); step-by-step refilling of one-pounders from 20-pound BBQ tanks (with the emphasis on SAFETY); long-term storage of one-pounders; and many real-life comments & words of advice from readers who saw the original article series.
Let’s get started.