Propane Gas is the Fuel of Choice in Murphy NC

Propane fuel is certainly the fuel of choice here in Murphy, NC. Since we don’t have natural gas here, there is little good alternative. However, it is a very good option. There is a wide variety of propane companies here locally, so that gives you the ability to shop and get the best service for the best value.

Propane TankWhen it comes to buying or selling real estate, handling the propane is something you need to know how it’s done. Here are some quick tips, and at the bottom, we give our recommended list of propane companies.

When You Are Buying, there are a couple factors that you should consider:

  • If the propane tank is owned by the seller – this is not very common as most people lease. If it is owned, typically the propane tank is included with the purchase of your home unless specifically excluded. The gas, however, the seller has the option to sell back to a gas company if he or she so chooses. If they leave it after the closing, then it is yours to keep.
  • If the propane tank is leased by the seller – typically the buyer assumes the lease from the seller (which is usually on an annual basis). If there is any time left on the lease, that is often given as a gift. However, the seller also reserves the right to cap the tank and receive a refund for the remaining gas from the gas company. Or, if any gas is left after closing, then it is the buyer’s to keep. When the lease renews, you have the option to keep the existing company or choose another. If you don’t cancel the service, the company will presume you are keeping their service and mail you an invoice for tank rent.

When You Are Selling:

  • If you own the propane tank – the tank itself stays with the house. Any gas left in the tank becomes property of the buyer. You have the option to have a propane company remove the gas and pay you for it. That’s not very common as many sellers leave the fuel for the purchaser.
  • If you lease the tank – The buyer typically becomes responsible for tank rent after the new lease renews. You can have the gas company come prorate the propane by capping the tank and refunding you for any amount left in the tank. Many sellers choose to leave it since it is less hassle as many propane companies do not like to do this.

What is propane used for in Murphy NC? You commonly see it used for only a few things such as:

  • Gas log fireplaces
  • Heat pumps with propane secondary heat (not as common here as straight electric heat pumps)
  • Gas kitchen ranges / cook tops
  • Wall heaters
  • Water heaters (significantly less common here than electric water heaters)
  • Grills

Check out our Gotta Guy List for recommended propane companies! Scroll down to Gas Companies.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – – – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Types of Fireplaces in Homes in Murphy NC

When it comes to buying a home for sale in Murphy, North Carolina, it is very common for folks to want to buy a home or cabin that has a fireplace. There are a wide variety of different types of fireplaces. Here’s a good bit of information on the different types we commonly see in homes in Murphy, NC.

There are two main types: wood or gas burning.

Gas Burning

Ventless or Unvented – these are a very common type of fireplace in Murphy NC because of their ease to install and the ability for them to go essentially anywhere in a home. One excellent used for them is if you find a home that does not already have a fireplace, they can be installed just about anywhere and look amazing. They are an excellent heat source, especially as a back up for electric heat pumps or furnaces. Because they are unvented, 100% of the heat generated by them stays in the home and keeps it warm. Be sure that if you use them for an extended period of time that you crack a window or door to allow fresh air in so the flames cannot use up all the oxygen in the room.

Vented – we see a lot of vented fireplaces here in Murphy as well. Vented fireplaces are great for ambiance because they produce very realistic looking flames. They are, however, not as good as a heat source. Since they are vented, the majority of the heat produced from the flames escapes outside.

Wood Burning

Straight Fireplace – these are the regular type fireplaces most everyone is used to. You build a fire and it heats the room with the crackling and dancing of the flames we all love. The major disadvantage is that it’s a whole lot more work! If you’re willing to put in the effort, a wood burning fireplace can be extremely rewarding.

Wood Burning Stove – there are tons of different types of wood burning stoves! They are an extraordinary way to heat your home with wood. They tend to burn hotter, cleaner, and more efficiently than a regular open fireplace. Many folks use them as a secondary heat source. There’s a lot of folks that use nothing but a wood burning stove too! One good sized stove can literally heat an entire home if it is properly positioned, used, and correctly sized for the space.

If you love the ambiance but don’t love the work, Wood burning fireplaces can easily be converted to gas logs, usually very inexpensively. Normally it only requires choosing a set of gas logs and having the gas company install them.

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John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – – – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC – 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team