Propane FAQs


Beaudry Oil & Propane serves families throughout Minnesota with safe, environmentally-friendly propane for home heating, water heating, cooking, and more. Read answers to these frequently asked questions and learn more about propane.

What is Propane?

Propane is a hydrocarbon, sometimes called liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG. Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining. Propane is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. As with natural gas, an identifying odor is added to propane so that the gas can be readily detected.

Is propane the same as natural gas?

No. Propane is a byproduct of either petroleum or natural gas. There is minimal difference when comparing performance level in household or commercial appliances and equipment.

Is propane imported like crude oil?

No. Nearly 97 percent of the propane we use is produced here in North America.

Who uses propane?

More than 12.6 million U.S. households use propane for home heating and other purposes. Millions more Americans use propane for agricultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications.

What can propane fuel in my home?

As a clean, versatile energy source, propane is frequently used for home heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and in fireplaces. In outdoor spaces, propane is a widely used energy source for outdoor grills, lighting, and heating for pools and spas. During power outages, propane is often used for standby generators.

What size tanks do you offer for residential heating?

We offer 1,000 gallon, 500 gallon, 250 gallon, and 120 gallon propane tank sizes.

Is propane safe for the environment?

Yes. Propane is an approved clean alternative fuel as listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Propane is a nontoxic fuel that won’t contaminate aquifers or soil.

Is propane safe for my family?

Yes. Propane is a very safe fuel when properly used and maintained. As with any energy source, take steps to further ensure your safety, including:

  • Carefully reading the Important Safety Information and sharing that information with your family members.
  • Knowing the location of gas lines so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard. Remember to contact Gopher State One Call (811) every time you plan to dig to request an underground utilities locate.
  • Changing or cleaning furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Not storing cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance, as vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.

Read important propane safety information and contact us with additional questions.

Do I have to monitor my tank level, or can someone do that for me?

As part of the Beaudry Oil & Propane Automatic Delivery Program, we can monitor the level of fuel in your propane tank. If you prefer to monitor the level yourself, contact us when your gauge reaches 30 percent.

Is the cost of propane the same all year, or does it go up and down like gasoline?

Prices can fluctuate throughout the year. Protect yourself from propane price spikes by enrolling in one or more of our cost-saving Customer Program Options, including our Pre-Buy Program and Budget Price Cap Protection Plan.

Do I need to pay for the tank you provide?

Use of our propane tank is free, provided you meet annual minimum usage requirements.

How do I know what size propane tank I need?

Typically, a 500-gallon tank can hold enough propane to meet the annual energy needs of an average home. However, 1,000-gallon tanks are used for larger homes with swimming pools or spas. Smaller tanks can be used if propane is not your primary heating source.

Why does my tank read only 80 percent after a fill?

We typically fill tanks to 80 percent. Propane expands and contracts depending on the weather. A tank filled to 80 percent in the winter might read slightly lower than 80 percent; the colder the temperature, the more compressed the propane inside. Conversely, in summer months, the gauge could read higher. The reading on your tank’s gauge is “approximate” because of this temperature sensitivity.

When is the best time to call for a delivery?

We recommend contacting us when your gauge reads 25 to 30 percent. Do not let your tank run too low and end up running out in cold weather. Heavy snowfalls or extreme cold may prevent timely delivery. It’s always best to order in advance.

Why and when is a leak test required?

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Code 54 states that a system must be leak tested after an interruption in service, such as when a tank runs out of propane. As an added safety measure, our insurance company also requires an updated leak test on file for all Beaudry Oil & Propane tank sets. Avoid the need for a leak test by monitoring tank levels so you don’t run out of propane.

How can I recognize a propane leak in my home?

Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell, like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. Propane manufacturers deliberately add the smell to help alert customers of propane leaks. If you detect a propane odor, shut off the valve on the tank and contact Beaudry Oil & Propane immediately.

View our safety information for additional details.

How many gallons of propane does the average home use each year?

Every home is different, and every region of the country differs in climate and duration of winter. As an example, homes of 2,000 square feet built within the last 15 years in Central or Eastern Minnesota should be prepared to use between 700 and 850 gallons per year. Usage also depends on home temperature preferences, severity of winter, additional propane appliances in the home (such as a water heater, stove, dryer, or fireplace), and other factors.

here’s what our clients have to say...

  • Dear Beaudrys, Thanks for all the good care with which you keep us warm through your wonderful LP Gas. Without you, we would surely be freezing. Your Friends, Rosemarie & Claus.

    – Rosemarie & Claus
  • Your driver was very pleasant to deal with and a hard worker. I am glad that I switched companies.

    – Jay, Aitkin
  • Your driver is very good at what he is doing. You don’t get good service like Beaudry anymore.

    – Don, Zimmerman
  • Thank you for your service. We are well pleased with your courtesy.

    – Lorraine & Andy P, Baxter
  • Please pass on my appreciation to the Milaca staff for same day service! Only ½ hour, wonderful!

    – Minott, Milaca
  • Your driver was very pleasant and helpful. You have a good employee here!

    – Bob & Cheryl, Wahkon
  • Thank you so much for delivering 2 days earlier than schedule and making sure we didn’t run out of propane! You guys rock!

    – Andy, Lakeville
  • I was very happy with your service.

    – Dick, Cushing
  • Your driver did a good job and worked hard, all with a smile. Did a good job even with temps in the 90’s.

    – Kenneth, Zimmerman
  • Your service technician did a very good job and was helpful in every way.

    – Dave, Otsego
  • Your driver that did the install etc, oh what a good young trooper you have in your employee staff. It’s so peaceful to know I won’t be running out of LP as I have the past years, thx so much.

    – Bev, Milaca
  • Wanted to let you know what a great job your service guy did when installing my tank. He did a professional job and was very pleasant to work with. He was especially patient with my kids who were buzzing around, which could have frustrated or bothered other service people.

    – Jeff P., Fort Ripley, MN
  • Wanted to thank our driver for being honest and giving us back the $50 we overpaid on the ticket.

    – Pete, Isanti
  • The driver we had was great. He was very friendly.

    – Andy, Nowthen
  • Hi! Thank you, again, for the "hand-holding" and support on the phone this a.m. Very much Appreciated!

    – Don, Eagan
  • Your driver recently inspected all my propane stuff. He’s qualified, efficient and polite. We didn’t even have to ask him to remove his shoes on the carpet. You have a great employer, a winner!

    – Kraig & Mary, Corcoran
  • I wanted to let you know how great of a job your driver did and how nice he was. I was very happy with the service he provided.

    – Jason, Foreston
  • Please let the driver know that I appreciate very much him coming out to the house on a Friday night and getting us in working service. I’m sorry to not have watched the tank better- will try to keep a closer watch

    – Jan, Sauk Rapids
  • We loved your driver. He checked all my appliances and furnace and gave me peace of mind.

    – Brian, Foreston
  • My father-in-law’s driveway wasn’t plowed and we could see the driver had a hard time struggling with the hose and he filled it anyways. We were really impressed with your company that you would still fill in that situation. Keep up the good work!

    – Tom, Medina
  • Wanted to let you know that we got a tank and regulator set last week and we wanted to call about how please we were about our service from your driver. He was very knowledgeable and also honest.

    – Sandy, Greenfield
  • We are grateful that your driver took the time to check over everything before he left. He deserves a raise.

    – Milan, Becker
  • I highly recommended your services to the people that purchased my home.

    – Molly, Albertville
  • Thanks for the prompt reply. It has been good working with Beaudry. I always was treated fairly. I will give the new owners your number.

    – Brian C.
  • Your driver came and fixed my leak, he was very courteous, pleasant, nice guy. He went right to it and found it right away, and he knew what to do to fix it. Just wanted to thank you for the good service.

    – Howard, Elk River
  • Your service tech was very professional and a good guy.

    – Marv, Elk River
  • A single call to Beaudry Oil and we got a call back within an hour. We developed a nice relationship with them, they worked quickly and efficiently. We are definitely satisfied Beaudry Oil and Propane patrons, we hope it’s only a matter of time before your tanks are sprouting up everywhere.

    – Shauna, Princeton
  • Thanks so much. And may I say, your staff have always been kind and professional. We appreciate that whenever we have a concern, we know it will be addressed promptly.

    – Dian B, St. Michael
  • I am very happy with your service. I called in and you had a guy there in 45 minutes. Last week too. He was there within 2 hours. Thank you for the good service.

    – Tony, Buffalo
  • Our driver came as scheduled and was willing to help any way he could. I couldn’t have asked for a more decent person. He was professional, neat and knowledgeable. I couldn’t believe how fast he had his job done. Again, thank you!

    – Ted, Garrison
  • Thank you for the effort your driver made to keep from ripping up our lower driveways. Very much appreciated.

    – Ron & Joan, Milaca
  • Your driver was very professional.

    – Greg, Elk River
  • We really appreciated your driver; He was very friendly and helpful to us.

    – Peter & Carmella, Corcoran
  • I am calling to let you know how pleased I was with your driver and the service he provided me. Beaudry Oil is a great company and having drivers like him make the company even better! Great Job!!

    – Deanna & Ron, Brainerd
  • I just wanted to send a quick note and say how wonderful your driver was and what a great job he did. I give him an “A”. He was very nice and answered my questions.

    – Leah, Isanti
  • We were very pleased with Beaudry Propane especially our driver. He went above and beyond the call of duty for us and we want his employers to know that.

    – Marty, Rogers
  • Your driver had to wade through a lot of snow to get to our tank, I appreciate his effort. I also appreciate the honoring of the pre-buy pricing.

    – Doug & Dorothy, Milaca
  • We are very happy with your driver. He spent lots of time helping us and finding our leak.

    – Owen, Paynesville
  • Your driver, Dean, was very helpful when he came to fill our tank over the weekend. He was very nice and came out within an hour after we called!

    – Ben & Michelle E., Buffalo
  • Your driver is worth his weight in gold, he takes really good care of us. We don’t have to check anything, he checks everything for us.

    – Jeff, Star Tribune
  • You are very blessed to have such a great employee. Your driver represented your company well and was very informative to me and did a great job.

    – Dave, Bead Properties


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