I have always dreamed of having a gas-powered stove. One where high-octane fuel perfectly chars my bell peppers, heats up in an instant, and that I can hover over and flick salt into my dishes and yell, “Bam!” like Emeril. The natural gas line did not run down my street though. It covers the street next to me, but for some reason, mine was unworthy of the perfectly cooked veggies. I recently caught up with Todd Deck, the general manager for Acme Fuel in downtown Olympia, and he let me in on a well-known secret: I can just get a propane tank installed.
Propane, or LP gas, is not the same as natural gas. And what’s really great about it is its accessibility: any home can have a propane tank installed to fuel all manner of appliances from hot water heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, generators, dryers, and yep, you guessed it- cooktops.
Propane was discovered by the French chemist Marcellin Berthelot in 1857, but it wasn’t widely used in America until the early to mid-1900s, around the time that Acme Fuel began their business here in Olympia. (Can you believe that? Acme has been around since 1925, just shy of a century!)
Todd says now is the time for new customers to get set up with Acme, as waiting until fall/winter to do it may have you waiting longer to get set up. Make hay while the sun shines, the adage says, and though it feels counter-intuitive while the sun is shining means it’s a great time to set up your account. If you wait until the cold weather arrives this fall/winter you’ll have to wait your turn (but Acme won’t leave you out in the cold).
Todd strongly recommends contacting Acme Fuel now to get new tanks installed and get gas flowing, and it is my recommendation as well because, why would you wait to make indoor s’mores on your gas cooktop? It’s s’mores season!
“We sell propane tanks or can lease them for an annual fee,” Todd explains. “And we have sizes from 50-1,000 gallons. The 50- and 120-gallon sizes need to be installed above ground, and the 250-, 500- and 1,000-gallon sizes can be installed above or underground.”
Todd taught me that propane tanks always come in white because it does not absorb heat, a critical part of maintaining propane tank safety. “I always get asked, and I tell customers, if you’re going to paint the tank – paint it in a light color.”
Acme is committed to safety, because being in the fuel business, is there any other way? But in addition to safety, customer service is paramount, and a key part of what this local, family-owned and operated business is known for. They are the gold standard in service, reliability and competitive pricing. Don’t take my word for it though, I’ve only been with Acme 11 years, and these 5-star Google reviews speak for themselves.
Have Propane Installed by the Experts at Acme Fuel
For new installations, Todd, Christophe or Linda will first perform a site visit with the homeowner to identify proper placement of the new tank. If you have an existing tank from another provider, Acme will swap it out at no charge. After the tank is set, a system of routine checks are performed to make sure the installation is safe for not only the customer, but for Acme’s delivery drivers and technicians as well.
“Our techs set tanks, do gas checks, repair leaks,” Todd says. “Say somebody gets a little ambitious digging in their yard and hits the gas line and it breaks, they will go out and repair that, or change out regulators. Whatever the customer needs.”
Besides achieving your culinary dreams, another perk of having a propane tank installed with a dedicated gas line is that since it’s stored on-site in a pressurized tank, the homeowner has the ability to shut off the gas if there’s a leak. A really great piece of mind when it comes to safety and security.
Acme’s techs have their eyes on safety, as one of them sees the perils of fire regularly. Jason works part-time for Acme Fuel as a propane tech and delivery driver, and works the rest of his schedule around his duties as an Olympia Fire Department firefighter. He’s been with Acme nearly two decades now.
Jonny is the full-time guy who has been with Acme six years now and counting. “Our techs are great with customers,” Todd says, “they are reliable, available when we need them, good guys and fun to be around.”
After Jonny or Jason get you set with a new tank, the staff at Acme Fuel does the rest. They offer an Auto-Fill Program, where they make an informed estimate on your propane needs based on the size of your household, lifestyle, and how many s’mores you need to make. Kidding about that last one, but it is no joke to have the pressure relieved from having to constantly worry about propane needs and whether or not you’ll run out on Christmas Day.
Getting on Acme’s Auto-fill Program could be dubbed, ‘set it and forget it’ for customers, but not for Acme Fuel staff because they’ve got their deliveries down to a science. They will fill and top off your tank regularly, making sure your needs are met. Will call options are available as well for those who prefer that option.
Acme is committed to making sure our community knows all they have to offer. So much so that they send their Propane and Heating Fuels Sales Person, Linda out into the community to educate and assist potential customers. Linda loves chatting about propane and regularly attends Chamber meetings and business functions, representing the Acme family with pride. To reach Linda you can contact her at 360.507.3049.
So, what are you waiting for? Give Acme a ring to see what your options are in regards to propane. Whether you are a new propane install, or have an existing set-up that you’d like Acme to fuel, those s’mores and veggies aren’t going to cook themselves, and those winter winds won’t stay away forever.
Let Acme turn up the heat.
Acme Fuel: 360.943.1133
416 State Ave NE, Olympia
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