Get To Know The 80/20 Rule

propane tank Denton, NC Have you ever noticed that your propane tank is never 100% full after a delivery. That’s by design. Why don’t we completely fill your propane tank? Physics. Propane is a liquid. When liquids warm up, they expand and take up more space. Propane in particular expands a lot and quickly. In fact, it expands about 17 times the volume water does given a set temperature increase. For this reason, our technicians leave extra space so the propane can safely expand. For above-ground tanks, that means filling the tank to about 80% capacity. Underground tanks are filled slightly more because by virtue of being underground they’re insulated against big temperature swings. So now you know why your propane tank isn’t 100% full after delivery.

As a general rule, you don’t want your tank’s propane level to go below 20%. Just keep in mind that your gauge isn’t fool-proof or perfectly accurate, so best not to push your luck delaying a propane delivery. Order more propane for your propane tank before it gets close to 20%.

Reading Your Propane Gauge

Do you know how to tell how much propane you have in your tank? Do you know what we mean by 20%?

The simplest way to tell how much propane you have left is to check your tank’s gauge. Some tanks come with a pre-installed gauge. You can also buy a gauge and install it yourself.

Remember, as a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to let your tank’s level fall below 20%. Here’s how to find your tank and read its gauge so you’ll always know how much propane you have, and you can avoid an empty tank.

Step 1: Locate your tank. If you have an above-ground tank for your Denton, NC home, it’s pretty hard to miss. You probably already know where it is, but if not, just take a walk around your home. You’ll find it. Underground tanks can be trickier to find. Look for a small plastic dome. It will be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home and any other structure. Underneath the dome you’ll find the gauge for your tank. Now you’re ready to read it.

Step 2: Read the gauge. Most above ground and underground propane tanks use a float gauge system. Don’t worry, these types of gauges aren’t difficult to read. When you check the gauge, you’ll see a number that number represents a percentage. For example, if the dial reads 20, you have approximately 20% of a tank left of propane. If you know your tank’s capacity, you can calculate the number of gallons than percentage represents. If you’re really on top of things, you know your weekly propane usage and can calculate how long your current supply will last. Just remember, you never want your tank to completely run out of propane! In fact, you always want your propane tank to be at least 20% full.

Propane Delivery

Briles Oil & Gas is the region’s gold standard for dependable propane delivery. Call us before your propane tank is less than 20% full. Or make life easier by signing up for our Keep Full automatic delivery plan. It will make getting your propane effortless and worry-free. You won’t have to check your propane tank gauge levels. We will track your propane usage and the current weather. That information allows us to predict when you will need a propane delivery, and we’ll schedule it before your fuel runs low.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

Briles Oil & Gas has decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Alamance, Chatham, Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to start getting reliable propane for your Denton, NC home.

The clean, efficient, and versatile fuel!

commercial propane Asheboro, NCPropane is extremely versatile, and as such it has a lot of applications in a variety of settings. In the same way it can do a lot in and around your home, it can also do a lot in and around your Asheboro, North Carolina school. Your school can join a variety of commercial propane customers from hospitality businesses like hotels and restaurants to poultry farms and manufacturing plants. A lot of business owners need a reliable source of commercial propane to get the job done.

Briles Oil & Gas doesn’t just deliver propane to our residential customers. We also offer commercial propane services. So if you’ve got a school in the greater Asheboro area of Northern Carolina that uses propane, you can count on Briles Oil & Gas for safe and reliable commercial propane service and delivery the same way our residential clients count on us.

Propane’s Applications

Propane offers versatility wherever you use it. Just as there are a variety of ways to use propane in and around your home, there are a variety of uses for propane around your school as well.

Here are some of the ways bulk propane can be used around your school:

Suffice it to say, your Asheboro school can benefit from the use of commercial propane. As you can see from the list above, there’s so much propane can do.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

You get more than a propane provider with Briles Oil & Gas. In addition to delivering your bulk propane, we also have the expertise to help you manage your propane usage and costs. That’s good for your bottom line.

Briles Oil & Gas has decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Alamance, Chatham, Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to start getting reliable bulk propane for your school.

Discover the Benefits of Propane Gas Stoves

gas stoves Asheboro, nc Is your home safe when you cook with propane? Yes. Propane is safe. It’s also efficient, portable, versatile, eco-friendly, reliable, and readily available. There are many ways propane can improve your quality of life in and around your North Carolina home.

Is There a Gas Stove Ban in North Carolina?

No. Don’t worry. You may have heard about gas bans in the national news affecting places like New York and California. However, there are no laws currently banning gas stoves in North Carolina. In fact, in June, North Carolina lawmakers passed an ordinance that would prevent local governments from banning the purchase of ovens, stoves, and heaters based on fuel.
However, it is a topic that has been debated recently in other parts of the country. That’s due in large part to a 2019 building code regulation in Berkeley, CA, that banned gas connections in new buildings. New York has a similar ban set to take effect next year.

What was the motivation for such a building code? Concerns about climate change. That’s because it was estimated that roughly one third of Berkely’s emissions could be attributed to natural gas. Then there was a shift from environmental concerns to health concerns. This was largely due to a recent study that indicated the potential for indoor air pollution hazards with the use of gas stoves. Then the rumor began to spread that the U.S. government intended to confiscate all of the gas stoves in the country. That is patently false. Even the bans that are going into effect only limit new constructions, not existing homes.

What’s the Truth about Gas Stoves?

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has argued that different studies have produced different results in terms of the negative impact to indoor air that different types of stoves produce. They further argue that the sample size of one study (known as the Stanford study) is extremely small. Furthermore, it’s based on unrealistic cooking conditions. In addition, electric stoves are not without their drawbacks. They also produce particulate matter and can emit dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde.

So, what’s the bottom line? Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, had this to say, “Rather than gas bans, states should focus on natural gas supply chains and mitigate potential hazards…. This, along with proper installation, ventilation, and yearly checkups by qualified technicians constitutes a common-sense approach to addressing health and safety concerns around gas appliances.”

Why Use Propane?

There are many reasons you can feel good about using propane in your home. Here are some of the benefits propane offers:

  1. Propane is efficient: That means you get more for your money when you use propane to fuel your appliances.
  2. Propane is portable: Propane is easy to transport, so you can bring it with you whether you’re camping or tailgating.
  3. Propane is versatile: There’s so much propane can do in and around your home. With a single supply tank, you can use propane to cook, heat your home’s water, dry your clothes, and heat your home and pool.
  4. Propane is eco-friendly: Propane is clean and green. It’s non-toxic and produces almost no harmful carbon emissions.
  5. Propane is safe: Propane appliances and tanks must adhere to strict safety standards. Propane has one of the best safety records in the fueling industry.
  6. Propane is reliable: You can’t count on always having electricity—especially after severe weather. However, a propane whole-house backup generator can keep everything in your home up and running during a blackout. That’s something you can count on.
  7. Propane is readily available: The vast majority of the propane used in America is produced here in America. Unlike heating oil, the cost and availability of propane isn’t vulnerable to geopolitical events.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

There are lots of good reasons to use propane in your home. And when you’re in need of a propane supplier, Briles Oil & Gas is a full-service fuel provider you can trust. We’re a family business that treats our customers like family. And we have decades of experience making safe propane deliveries to homes around Davidson and Randolph counties in North Carolina.

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your next delivery.

Commercial Fuels from Briles Oil & Gas, Inc.

diesel supplier Davidson county, nc Briles Oil & Gas, Inc. is a diesel fuel provider that understands the requirements of the various businesses that use our services, and we help them take care of business. We provide courteous and reliable service to our many customers in Davidson County and Randolph County.

Briles Oil & Gas has been in business since 1960, and we understand how unique the fueling needs of our customers are. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all diesel delivery. We offer customizable fleet-fueling delivery and service. We bring you what you need where you need it and when you need it. Count on us whether you need on-road diesel, off-road diesel, or both. And because your fueling will come from one source, you’ll find it easier to track your usage and expenses. Free your drivers from the need to spend time and energy logging fuel fill-ups and submitting receipts. Save your staff from some paperwork and processing reimbursements. With on-road and off-road diesel fuel services from Briles Oil & Gas, you’ll save time, energy, and money.

Where is Diesel Used?

You’ll find diesel fuel at work in a variety of contexts. Diesel fuel powers freight and delivery trucks, buses, boats, farm equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles. Some cars and light trucks also run on diesel fuel.

Diesel fuel also works in generators for anything from powering a remote village to ensuring that essential facilities like hospitals have a backup or emergency power supply when there’s an electrical outage.

What’s Diesel Made Of?

Diesel fuel is made from refined crude oil and biomass materials. It gets its name from the type of engine it’s used in. Diesel fuel is the distillate fuel oil made for compression ignition engines which were originally invented by a man named Rudolf Diesel. So diesel fuel is the fuel that’s appropriate for use in a diesel engine. There’s more than one type of diesel fuel. There’s on-road diesel fuel, and there’s off-road diesel fuel. What’s the difference? Let’s take a look at the two types of diesel fuel.

What’s On-Road and Off-Road Diesel?

Off-road and on-road diesel are very much what they sound like. On-road diesel is taxed at a higher rate, and it is meant to go in vehicles that will be on the road—cars, trucks, trailers, etc. This is the diesel fuel you’ll find at gas stations. On road diesel is clear in color and has a lower sulfur content than off-road diesel. That lower sulfur content is important in terms of engine performance and longevity as well as the environment.

Off-road vehicles and equipment can use off-road diesel. It’s less expensive (since it isn’t taxed at the same rate). However, it is only intended for use in off-road vehicles and equipment—farm tractors, construction vehicles, generators, etc. It’s dyed a red color so as not to be confused with on-road diesel. It also has a higher sulfur content than on-road diesel. You should not use off-road diesel in an on-road vehicle. In the U.S., it’s illegal to use off-road diesel in a vehicle that will be driven on the road.

Briles Oil & Gas

If you’re looking to save time and money and get reliable fleet fueling, trust Briles Oil & Gas with your diesel fuel services. From Star to Level Cross and everywhere in between, you can count on us to provide customized fleet-fueling delivery and service.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to put us to work for you.

heating oil delivery Randolph county, nc Autumn is here, and winter is just around the corner. That means you’re soon going to start needing more heating oil in your North Carolina home to keep you and your family comfortable.

Briles Oil & Gas has been providing safe and reliable heating oil delivery for decades. We treat our customers like neighbors because they are our neighbors. We’re a community-based company.

Heating oil is an efficient, safe, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible fuel for warming your home. And it can get your home warmer faster than any other fuel source.

Why Order Your Heating Oil Now?

If you’re one of our Keep Full automatic delivery customers, then you don’t have to worry about ordering you heating oil. We’re tracking your heating oil usage as well as weather conditions and using that information to schedule your heating oil deliveries.

If you’re one of our will-call customers, you’re responsible for tracking your heating oil usage and contacting us to request a delivery. You might be tempted to wait for winter to fill your heating oil tank, but now is a good time to fill your tank. Keep reading to find out why.

Here are a few reasons now is a good time to fill your heating oil tank for the winter:

  1. You’ll avoid winter prices. The price of heating oil tends to go up with the higher demand of the winter months. Order now to save money by getting your heating oil at a better price.
  2. Convenient delivery times. With demand less in the autumn months, scheduling your heating oil delivery will be easier as well. You should have more options for delivery times now than you will in the winter when everyone is ordering oil at the same time.
  3. It could be a cold fall. It’s best not to try and guess when you’ll need heating oil. The weather has been known to have a few surprises up its sleeves. What if it’s a cold autumn? You don’t want to get caught without enough heating oil if the colder weather sets in earlier than expected. Better to fill your heating oil tank now and be ready no matter when the cold comes.
  4. It’s good for your heating oil system. A full heating oil tank is a happy heating oil tank. When the heating oil level gets too low moisture can build up in the tank and lead to corrosion. Additionally, you can get build-up in the fuel lines. Both of those will decrease the life expectancy of your heating system or increase the likelihood of needing to pay for repairs. So keeping your heating oil tank full saves you money on repair and replacement costs.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

Briles Oil & Gas is a full-service fuel provider you can trust. We’re a family business that treats our customers like family. And we have decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact us today to learn more, sign up for our Keep Full automatic delivery program, or to schedule your next Will-Call delivery.

What You Need to Know

propane delivery  Ramseur, nc You never want to get caught with an empty propane tank. It’s a huge inconvenience and is bad for your system. You can’t just order more propane. A professional needs to come.

If your propane tank runs empty it’s a real hassle and costly. You’ll need an emergency delivery or propane, a required pressure test, and the professional relighting of the pilots on all of your propane appliances. That’s a headache and expense you want to avoid.

And you don’t need to run out completely to have problems. When your propane levels get too low, air can get into your heating system. And having air in your heating system can lead to expensive damage.

How much is enough? As a general rule, you don’t want your tank’s propane level to go below 20%. Just keep in mind that your gauge isn’t fool-proof or perfectly accurate, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution and stay vigilant.

Reading Your Propane Gauge

Do you know how to tell if your tank is full, empty, or somewhere in between?

The most reliable way to tell how much propane you have left is to check your tank’s gauge. Some tanks come with a pre-installed gauge. You can also buy a gauge and install it yourself.

Want to know how much is in your tank? Remember, as a general rule, you don’t want to go below 20%. Here’s how to find your tank and read its gauge so you’ll always know how much propane you have, and you can avoid an empty tank.

Step 1: Locate your tank. If you have an above-ground tank, it’s pretty hard to miss. You probably know where it is, but if not, just take a walk around your home. You’ll find it. Underground tanks can be trickier to find. Look for a small plastic dome. It will be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home and any other structure. Underneath the dome you’ll find the gauge for your tank. Now you’re ready to read it.

Step 2: Read the gauge. Most above ground and underground propane tanks use a float gauge system. Don’t worry, these types of gauges aren’t difficult to read. When you check the gauge, you’ll see a number that number represents a percentage. For example, if the dial reads 40, you have approximately 40% of a tank left of propane. If you know your tank’s capacity, you can calculate the number of gallons than percentage represents. If you’re really on top of things, you know your weekly propane usage and can calculate how long your current supply will last. Just remember, you never want your tank to completely run out of propane!

Propane Delivery

Briles Oil & Gas is the region’s gold standard for dependable propane delivery. Call us before your propane tank is less than 20% full. Or make life easier by signing up for our Keep Full automatic delivery plan. It will make getting your propane effortless and worry-free.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

Briles Oil & Gas has decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Alamance, Chatham, Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to start getting reliable propane for your home.

A Versatile Fuel for Your Business

commercial propane Denton, nc

Propane is an integral part of a diverse selection of commercial ventures. From hospitality businesses like hotels and restaurants to poultry farms and manufacturing plants, a lot of business owners need a reliable source of propane to get the job done.

Briles Oil & Gas doesn’t just deliver propane to our residential customers. We also offer commercial propane services. So if you’ve got a business in the greater Asheboro area of Northern Carolina that uses propane, you can count on Briles Oil & Gas for safe and reliable bulk propane service and delivery the same way homeowners count on us.

Commercial Applications

Propane offers versatility wherever you use it. Just as there are a variety of ways to use propane in and around your home, there are a variety of commercial uses for propane as well.

Here are some of the ways bulk propane is used in commercial and business settings:

So whatever business you’re in, you can benefit from the use of commercial propane. There’s so much propane can do.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

You get more than a propane provider with Briles Oil & Gas. In addition to delivering your bulk propane, we also have the expertise to help you manage your propane usage and costs. That’s good for your bottom line.

Briles Oil & Gas has decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Alamance, Chatham, Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or to start getting reliable bulk propane for your business.

Commercial Fuel Service FAQ

diesel fuel Asheboro, nc If you need commercial fuel services in North Carolina’s Davidson County or Randolph County, look no further than Briles Oil & Gas. We serve a wide variety of businesses.

What types of businesses do we provide with commercial fuels? We serve a wide variety of businesses that includes agriculture, construction, distribution centers and warehouses, manufacturing, restaurants, and transportation.

What makes Briles Oil & Gas stand out? We’re able to serve a wide variety of businesses and we offer a wide variety of fuels. You can get all the fuels you need for your business in one spot when you’re a Briles Oil & Gas customer. Here are the fuels and other products we offer:

What is ethanol-free gasoline used for? It’s used for lawn mowers and other small-engine equipment, classic cars, and boats.

How much fuel does a semi-truck hold? There’s more than one size fuel tank found in semi-trucks. However, on average, they have a fuel capacity of 125-300 gallons.

Why use diesel in a semi-truck? The answer is simple—efficiency. The average semi-truck is expected to log a lot of miles. And when you’re considering the efficiency of your fleet, diesel is the answer. Compared to gasoline, diesel produces more energy per volume of fuel. Longevity is another reason to choose diesel. Semi-truck engines that run on diesel fuel tend to last longer than their gasoline counterparts. That’s in large part due to the fact that a diesel engine runs at a lower RPM than a comparative gasoline engine. The lower RPMs means less wear and tear and better longevity.

What’s the difference between on-road and off-road diesel? On road diesel is meant to be used in vehicles that will travel on the road. Off-road diesel is only meant to be used on vehicles and equipment that don’t travel on the road. On road diesel has a lower sulfur content. Off-road diesel is dyed red and isn’t subject to the same taxes as on-road diesel.

What’s PetroVend? It’s a filling station that’s designed to be unmanned and gives you 24/7 access to fuel. We recognize that not all businesses keep the same hours. PetroVend lets you get the fuel you need when you need it. Our PetroVend fueling station lets you purchase on-road diesel, off-road diesel, kerosene, gasoline, and ethanol-free gasoline. So whatever fuel your vehicles or equipment needs, you can get it at PetroVend.

Choose Briles Oil & Gas

Whatever your commercial fuel needs, choose Briles Oil & Gas. Our knowledgeable commercial fuel experts can help you design the service package that fits your needs. We can fuel you fleet. If you need propane for your forklifts, we’ll deliver it to your filling station. Why go anywhere else for your commercial fuel needs?

Briles Oil & Gas has decades of experience providing safe and courteous service in North Carolina’s Davidson and Randolph counties.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more about our commercial fuel offerings or to become a customer.

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

water heaters davidson county, nc Winters are tough on water heaters. The water starts off colder because the water supply is colder during the winter months, so your water heater has to work harder to get the water to the desired temperature. Your basement is also colder, so water heaters with a storage tank need to work harder to maintain the desired water temperature. Finally, chances are you use more hot water when it’s cold out. Most people tend to take longer and hotter showers when it’s cold out. All that has added up to a lot of work for your water heater.

Now that the weather is milder, it’s a good time to give your water heater some attention with a maintenance visit.

Briles Oil & Gas is here for you. In and around Randolph and Davidson counties in North Carolina, we sell, install, maintain, and repair water heaters. And if you purchase a new water heater from us, you can rest assured you’re getting an outstanding and energy-efficient product that will perform for years to come.

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Age is one of the biggest factors for determining whether you should replace your water heater. If your water heater is older than 10 years old, an upgrade is probably a good idea. And you’ll reap the benefits of an upgrade from day one. Your new water heater will be significantly more energy efficient than your old one, so you’ll start saving money on your energy bill the first time you use it. The upfront cost of the new unit will save you money in the long run. Plus, by choosing a tankless water heater, in addition to having an endless supply of hot water on demand, you won’t have to worry about tank corrosion or leaks.

Water Heater Maintenance To-Do List

Performing a bit of water heater maintenance on a yearly basis can help the longevity of your water heater and help maintain its efficiency as well.

Basic water heater maintenance:

  1. Check the pressure-relief valve and replace it if necessary.
  2. Drain the tank to get rid of sediment buildup. Unaddressed sediment buildup will shorten the life expectancy of your water heater. It will also decrease its efficiency.

Don’t want to be responsible for your water heater maintenance? No problem! Briles Oil & Gas provides maintenance and repairs on water heaters, and we’ll make sure that your water heater is doing its best.

Come to Briles Oil & Gas

Briles Oil & Gas wants your family to be comfortable. We’ve been providing reliable, courteous service to homes around Davidson and Randolph counties in North Carolina for sixty years.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more about maintaining or repairing your current water heater or upgrading to a new water heater. And be sure to ask about the money-saving rebates we help our customers take advantage of.

A Buyer’s Guide

propane grills  Ramseur, nc If you’re looking to upgrade the outdoor space of your North Carolina home, Briles Oil & Gas is proud to offer a quality selection of propane grills. There are so many advantages to grilling with propane. One of the great things about BBQ propane grills is how customizable they are. They also heat up quickly, provide precise temperature control, and are easy to clean. Additionally, there are different types of grills, so one is sure to suit your tastes and needs.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the decisions you’ll need to make when choosing a propane grill so that you buy the right grill for you.

Built-in vs Freestanding

When you come to Briles Oil & Gas, you can choose between a freestanding or a built-in grill.

Built-in Grills: Are a high-end option for outdoor cooking and are very much what they sound like—units installed in an outdoor kitchen island.

Freestanding Grills: Are probably the most common grill you’ll see in someone’s backyard.

Whichever grill you choose, it should be capable of handling the volume of people you expect to host. That brings us to what size grill you need.

Grill Size

What size grill you need depends on how many people you’ll generally be cooking for. The other number you need to know is the area of primary cooking space in square inches. The primary cooking space is just what it sounds like. It doesn’t include any side burners, warming stations, etc.

When you’re unsure about which size grill to choose, err on the size of having more cooking space versus less. You want a grill that will allow you to cook any meal in the minimum amount of time. We recommend rounding up to the nearest hundred square feet when making your calculations.

Number of People Grill Size (in sq. inches)
1 to 3 people 360 sq. in.
4 to 5 people 400 sq. in.
6 to 7 people 500 sq. in.
8+ people 600 sq. in. (or larger)

Need Propane? Come to Briles Oil & Gas

If you have a propane grill in your backyard, you’ll need to refill the portable propane cylinders that keep it going. Don’t worry. Briles Oil & Gas has you covered. Just visit any of our three convenient locations for a propane tank refill and recertification.

Briles Oil & Gas

Our family business is here for you and your family. Briles Oil & Gas is a full-service provider you can trust. We’ve been providing reliable and courteous service to homes around Davidson and Randolph counties in North Carolina for sixty years.

Contact Briles Oil & Gas today to learn more or stop by one of our three locations to buy your next grill or get a propane tank refill.