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    Choosing Between a Free-Standing and a Built-In Propane Grill

    Last updated 6 months ago

    There’s nothing quite like a meal cooked on an open flame, especially during the summer months. With the last days of spring upon us, it’s time to start preparing for summer pool parties and backyard barbecues. If you’re ashamed of your grill, Trexler-Haines can help. We are the premier propane grill dealer of the Lehigh and Delaware Valleys. But how do you know which type of grill is right for you?

    For starters, decide whether mobility is a factor. If you need to be able to move your grill, a free-standing propane grill with wheels is the best choice. If mobility isn’t a concern and you are building an outdoor kitchen, a built-in propane grill will give you the professional looking cooking area you are looking for.

    For more help deciding between a free-standing and built-in propane grill, visit Trexler-Haines in Allentown, PA today. Our propane grill specialists can help you select the perfect grill, and just in time for summer. If you have any questions, contact us online or call us at (610) 395-2525. 

    A Brief Look at the History of Propane

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Propane, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), continues to be one of the most popular energy sources for residential, commercial, and industrial applications in the United States. Propane has been used in everything from home heating to industrial metal cutting, and it continues to be one of the most economical and clean-burning fossil fuels available today. Whether your home or business already runs on propane or you’re thinking about making the switch, the following look at the history of propane will help you understand how this fuel source rose to prominence.

    Discovery and Commercialization
    In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was asked to investigate vapors coming from the gas tank of a Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling divided the gas into liquid and vapor components and soon discovered the utility of this new gas (propane) for lighting, cooking, and metal cutting. Soon thereafter he established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane. By 1924, the development of domestic propane appliances began.

    The Golden Age and Beyond
    By 1947, approximately 62% of all U.S. homes were equipped with either natural gas or propane ranges. Other propane appliances such as hot water heaters and clothes dryers were also extremely popular, and some cities even used propane to power fleet buses and taxies as early as the 1950s. By 1990, propane was recognized as an approved alternative clean fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy in the 1990 Clean Air Act, and again in the Energy Policy Act of 1992. A decade ago, the U.S. consumed more than 15 billion gallons of propane—95% of which is produced domestically.

    For all of your propane delivery and propane appliance needs, visit Trexler-Haines. Located in Allentown, PA, we have become the area’s premier propane and propane appliance specialist. Visit our website to learn more about our services and products, or call us at (610) 395-2525 to speak with one of our propane specialists

    Cleaning Your Non-Stick Propane Grill

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Propane grills that feature non-stick grates are a breeze to clean up after. To keep your food looking and tasting great, use a stiff wire brush to remove all leftover food from the grates after grilling. Turn the flame to “low” to 10 minutes to loosen any stubborn, cooked-on grease or fat. After the grill cools down, scrub the grates with a solution of warm water and grease-fighting dish soap. You can also lightly coat the grates with a non-stick cooking spray to prevent future messes.

    If your old propane grill has seen better days, visit Trexler Haines in Allentown, PA. As the premier grill dealer of the Lehigh and Delaware Valleys, we can help you select the perfect propane grill for your home. Visit our website to see the brands and propane grills we carry, or call us at (610) 395-2525 to speak with one of our propane experts. 

    Tips for Cleaning Your Propane Grill

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to clean off your propane grill. Grilling is an American pastime, and one as important to summer as baseball and ice cream. Contact your propane company to make sure you have enough juice to keep the grill going all summer long. And to help your hot dogs, burgers, and steaks come out looking and tasting great, here are some tips for cleaning your propane grill.

    Disassemble the Cooking Grates
    To get your propane grill in tip-top shape, start by dissembling the grill as much as you can. Using a stiff wire brush, scrub off as much dirt and grime as possible from the cooking grates. Go over the grates again with the brush and scouring powder to loosen and remove any cooked-on dirt and grime. You can also soak the grates in a bucket with warm water and a special grill-cleaning solution.

    Clean the Sear Plates and Drip Pan
    Use a putty knife to dislodge ash and debris stuck to the sear plates. Scoop up the debris and discard it in the trash. You can also use the putty knife to remove grease from the drip pan. Inspect and empty the drip pan about once per month, though you may want to do this more or less frequently depending on how much you use your grill. 

    Wipe Down the Exterior
    Cleaning the inside of your propane grill will certainly have an effect on the way grilled food looks and tastes, but cleaning the outside will make your entire outdoor kitchen come to life. Use a sponge to wipe down the exterior of your propane grill with baking soda and water. Rinse with clear water and dry with a towel.

    If you want to take your summer barbecues to the next level, contact Trexler Haines of Allentown, PA. Our outdoor kitchen solutions can bring everything you love about being outdoors and everything you love about entertaining together. We can also supply you with all of the propane you need for a summer’s worth of grilling. Call us at (610) 395-2525 to learn more about our propane services and products. 

    Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

    Last updated 7 months ago

    If you love being outdoors as much as you love cooking and entertaining, you should definitely considering installing an outdoor kitchen. There isn’t an all-in-one outdoor kitchen appliance that will prepare, cook, and store your food, but rather a seemingly infinite number of combinations of propane appliances that can work together to bring your passion for cooking to the outdoors. Here are some things to think about when designing an outdoor kitchen.

    Available Space
    Before you go out and purchase propane appliances for your new outdoor kitchen, think about the space you have to work with in your backyard. If you have size and layout restrictions, you will need to be careful about the appliances you purchase. Also take into consideration the size of a table and chairs when designing an outdoor kitchen. In other words, you want to make sure there’s enough room to entertain as there is to cook.

    Cooking Preferences
    How you like to cook (and what you like to cook) will have an impact on the design of your outdoor kitchen. For example, if you make delicacies or enjoy baking, you will need to include a propane stove to your outdoor kitchen. Also consider whether your meals typically need a lot of preparation, as this will help you design the appropriate amount of counter space in your outdoor kitchen.

    Design and Functionality
    The best outdoor kitchens are those that are both functional and beautiful. When designing your outdoor kitchen, look for appliances and furniture that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. Look inside magazines or online galleries for inspiration and ideas.

    Trexler Haines wants to help you design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. We strongly recommend visiting our regional showroom and speaking to one of our experienced outdoor kitchen sales representatives about your vision. We offer propane appliances, fireplaces, and everything else you need to get your outdoor kitchen off the ground. Call us at (610) 395-2525 to learn what else our propane company in Allentown has to offer. 


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