The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the Jays are rolling – spring is in full bloom! As we dust off our patio sets and fire up our grills, we wait in eager anticipation for May to come around so that we can relinquish our pool covers and prepare our backyard oases for summertime. Here are some quick trouble-shooting tips from the folks at Core Fuels / Red Cap Propane to get your pool heaters up and running:

Igniting Your Heater

Improving Water Flow

Generating Proper Heat From Pool Heater

A reminder not to forget to call and arrange a delivery for your pool propane tank in the coming weeks. For more helpful propane and fuel tips, like and subscribe to our YouTube page or find us on social media!

How To Reduce Heating Costs

Well, well, well…Winter has finally reared its ugly head! Temperatures are plummeting and the cost of living seems to rise every day. Welcome to 2022! With that being said, the team at Core Fuels has put together these helpful tips on how to reduce heating costs to your home this winter:

Keep your families warm this winter while saving some money. For more information on how to reduce heating costs, give our team a call at our Stratford, Alma or Cambridge offices. Please like and subscribe to our pages on social media!

Check out Core Fuels’ November 2021 Lubricant Sale on Grease, Motor Oil, D.E.F. and Hydraulic Oil. Sale ends November 30, 2021.

Check out Core Fuels’ Fall 2021 Lubricant Sale on Grease, Motor Oil, D.E.F. and Hydraulic Oil. Sale ends November 30, 2021.

Core October Fall 2021 Lubricant Sale

Just because the days get shorter and temperatures get lower doesn’t mean that life gets put on hold, and construction crews and families alike rely on propane to keep patios and job sites both warm and comfortable.

Powering our community safely is part of our mission at Core Fuels and Red Cap Propane Ltd., so we have put together some valuable information on safe fall and winter propane use. Whether you’re using propane to keep your site workable or your outdoor patio cozy, have fun and stay safe with these tips.

Understand your outdoor heating options

There are many different methods of outdoor heating, including direct flame found in firepits,  and indirect flame used in radiant heaters. Propane can deliver safe and consistent heat to these heaters via small cylinders which can be refilled at the depot, or by connecting to a larger tank which can be refilled on-site.

Outdoor heaters can range from 40,000 BTU for personal patio heating to 400,000 BTU heaters capable of warming construction sites. It is important to match the specific BTU with the correct size cylinder, and Core Fuels has a full rental fleet of heaters and cylinders for all your cool-weather needs.

Common cold-weather propane hazards

Propane is as flammable as any fuel and is stored at high pressures. As temperatures undergo extreme changes, propane cylinder pressure may also fluctuate—resulting in the inadvertent release of gas via the cylinder pressure release valve. Gas leaks near open flames or combustion engines can prove especially dangerous, so pay close attention to cylinder pressure and be sure to clear the area if you detect a foul odor. When used under the correct supervision, propane-powered heaters are an ideal source of warmth for safe cool-weather outdoor fun.

Meet safety standards and follow these guidelines

While standards vary for commercial and personal use of propane, Core Fuels and Red Cap Propane Ltd. insists our customers adhere to all propane safety guidelines. Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) governs fuel safety standards, strictly enforcing certification requirements on job sites, with Ontario legislation also mandating specific regulations for propane transport and storage. 

Safely using propane at home begins with ensuring tanks are filled by the trained personnel at Red Cap Propane Ltd., and that cylinders are inspected and requalified every ten years and replaced as needed. The strong odor of mercaptan found in propane will alert users to a leak, in which case users should evacuate the area, closing the supply valve if it is safe to do so. Patio heaters should be installed according to the specifications of the manufacturer and should be away from all fire hazards. Adhering to these patio heater guidelines will mean you can spend the winter relaxing both warmly and with peace of mind:

Ask the experts

There are several resources at your disposal when it comes to propane safety on a construction site or at home, including courses offered by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). The service-minded team at Core Fuels and Red Cap Propane Ltd. is committed to answering your questions and keeping you safe, and we are here to make sure that your cool-weather propane use is enjoyable.

Diesel fuel delivery

Diesel fuel is the lifeblood of many Ontario businesses, and having a reliable supply of the fuel could mean the difference between making it big or taking a dive in today’s competitive Canadian marketplace.

That’s why it’s important to choose a diesel fuel supplier that takes great pride in getting diesel deliveries to you when and where you need them, in any weather – a company like Core Fuels.

Whether you need diesel fuel deliveries for your construction company, farm, or factory, or to power generators for your hospital, school, nursing home, or critical care center, we know what it takes to keep you up and running.

Count on Core Fuels for:

For premium diesel fuel delivered to your job site or farm – with excellent service at a fair price – trust the pros at Core Fuels. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Core Fuels customer.

Green energy

While steps like recycling bottles and replacing our SUVs with hybrids will help grow your green footprint, there are few things that will affect your impact on the planet more than changing the way you power your Ontario home.

If you’re looking for a greener way to fuel your appliances without sacrificing comfort or performance, look no further than propane gas.

Propane gas: high efficiency, low emissions performance

Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in the universe – and as a result, it is one of the cleanest-burning of all fossil fuels. It’s so clean, in fact, that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas!

When you choose propane-powered appliances for your home, farm, or business, you will be:

The bottom line: If you’re looking for an easy way to be a little kinder to the planet, choose propane – and if you need a reliable propane supplier anywhere in our Ontario service area, choose Core Fuels / Red Cap Propane.

Contact Core Fuels today to schedule your propane fill-up – or to learn more about becoming a Core Fuels customer.

Cut your propane bill

Propane is one of the most efficient home fuels around – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little bit more from your appliances with just a little savvy effort.

Try these cost-effective ways to save some money on propane bills for your Ontario home in the coming months.

  1. Seal air leaks. Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors, and other openings such as ducts, fans, and vents. Your home can lose as much as 30 percent of its conditioned air through leaks in these problem areas!
  2. Inspect and maintain your heating system regularly. A properly working heating system is more efficient and will save you money – often enough to pay for the tune-up in a single year. In the meantime, you’ll have heating equipment that will perform better and run more reliably.
  3. Change your furnace filter monthly. A clogged air filter will make your heating system overwork, which means higher bills and a greater likelihood of breakdowns. Check your filter when you pay your heating bill – once a month – and replace it when needed.
  4. Invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will make it easier to shift your thermostat’s temperature by a few degrees while you’re out or sleeping, which could save you five to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills every month. That could be enough for the thermostat to pay for itself the first year or two you use it.
  5. Make sensible equipment upgrades. Switch from an electric water heater to a propane tankless water heater and you’ll cut your total cost of ownership (installation, equipment, and fuel costs over the lifetime of the equipment) by about one-third. You’ll also get unlimited hot water along the way.
  6. Lower your hot water thermostat. Speaking of water heaters, you can shave a few bucks off your water heating bill by dropping the temperature on its thermostat by a few degrees. Set the temperature of your water heater to 49°C (120°F) – hot enough to enjoy your shower while preventing the growth of harmful bacteria such as Legionella, but not the overly-hot typical default setting of 54 to 60 °C.
  7. Drain sediments from your water heater tank. By partially draining your water heater to lime deposits and sediment, you’ll improve your water heater’s performance and keep it working for longer. Or you can skip draining altogether by investing in a tankless water heater.
  8. Install low-flow showerheads and aerators. With these simple, inexpensive, easy-to-install items, you can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower or faucet pressure.
  9. Be smart with your laundry. Always run washing machines and clothes dryers with a full load, and use the efficiency settings on your machines if they have them.
  10. Close vents and doors in unused rooms. This might be the easiest way to save money in the coming months!

Want to save even more on your propane bills this heating season? Become a Core Fuels propane customer! Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a propane delivery to your Ontario home, farm, or business.

Landscaping

Competition is fierce for professional landscapers in Ontario these days, with everyone looking for new ways to expand their business, cut their costs, and stick around for the long haul.

Want to know one of the best ways to get a leg up on your peers in the local landscaping market? Switch your lawn maintenance equipment from gasoline to propane gas.

Versatile enough to use for gear ranging from commercial lawn mowers and trimmers to your fleet of delivery trucks, propane gas is a great choice because it is:

If you’re looking for a new way to stand out in a crowded Ontario professional landscaping market, propane could be just the advantage you’re looking for – and Core Fuels / Red Cap Propane Ltd. is your source for all your propane delivery needs.

Make Core Fuels the propane supplier for your Ontario-based landscaping business! Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Core Fuels propane customer.

Propane tanks

Once you make the switch from a charcoal barbecue to the clean-burning convenience of a propane grill, you’ll probably find yourself spending more time cooking in the great outdoors – and using more propane gas in the process.

The good news is that exchanging or refilling a propane tank is super easy. But occasionally, you will need to do more than that: eventually, you will either have to dispose of or recycle your propane gas cylinder.

When that time comes, here are some guidelines:

Re-qualifying your propane cylinder

Propane cylinder safety