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Walter O. Snelling

Chemist and Explosives Expert

U.S. Bureau of Mines

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A Passion for Propane Equipment: The History of Propane

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If you're a fan of the series, you've probably heard Hank pay homage to the "father of modern propane," Dr. Walter O. Snelling.
Today we're going to take a look back at just how Dr. Snelling discovered propane. The Father of Propane Walter O. Snelling (b. December 13, 1880 - d. September 10, 1965) was a doctor of Chemistry and held degrees from some of our nation's most prestigious schools including Harvard University. Dr. Snelling consulted with the U.S. Bureau of Mines as a chemist and explosives expert and made a name for himself in the early 20th century by developing an underwater explosive detonator. His detonator saved the American government a considerable sum of money during the construction of the Panama Canal. The Discovery of Propane In 1912, after hearing a man complain of gas vapors leaking from his new Ford Model T, Dr. Snelling decided to investigate. He took a glass jug with gasoline and corked it. While transporting the jug, he noticed the cork kept popping out. This single observation eventually led to the discovery of propane. Upon examining the vapors, Dr. Snelling realized that they could be used as an energy source. He discovered that once the propane component was controlled, this versatile fuel could be safely used for many purposes from cooking to cutting metal cutting, and from there, the many benefits of propane continued to evolve. The Birth of American Gasol Co. A few years later in 1912, Dr. Snelling and his colleagues Frank P. Peterson, Chester Kerr, and Arthur Kerr created the first propane sales venue when they founded the American Gasol Co. Dr. Snelling was granted a patent for his method of producing and processing propane. Selling the Patent for Propane Even though Dr. Snelling was a brilliant man with a passion for science and invention (he held close to 200 patents), it seems he was not as interested in the entrepreneurial side of the propane industry. In 1913, he sold this patent to the founder of Phillips Petroleum Co., Frank Phillips, for 50,000 dollars. Phillips was already established in the oil industry and the purchase of this patent allowed his company to bring Dr. Snelling's propane discovery into homes, businesses, and yes, even pop culture across the country.


What is Propane? - Lin-gas Propane Services

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First discovered in 1910 by chemist Walter Snelling, propane is a naturally occurring fossil fuel that is also produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining.
Propane is a hydrocarbon consisting of three Carbon atoms and eight Hydrogen atoms (C3H8), and is odorless, colorless, and non-toxic. As a chemist and explosives expert with the US Bureau of Mines, Snelling is credited with the development of an underwater detonator in 1907, greatly aiding the US in the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1910, after being contacted to investigate vapors coming from the gas tank of a Model T vehicle, Snelling was able to separate the components of the gasoline into liquid and vapor forms. One of these vapor forms was propane, which Snelling was able to compress into a liquid.


What is propane gas? | The how and why explained | Diversified Energy

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Propane was first discovered in 1910 by Dr. Walter Snelling, a chemist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines.
A car owner in Pittsburgh walked into his office and complained that a gallon of gasoline he had recently purchased had diminished to a half gallon by the time he had driven home. He then challenged Dr. Snelling to determine what the cause was. Snelling found that the evaporating gas was a mix of butane, propane and other hydrocarbons and soon developed the first method to liquefy propane gas during the production of natural gas. Working with a group, he established the first commercial propane company, and starting in the 1920s propane was regularly produced and shipped throughout the United States.


Hudson Valley propane gas distributors offering propane gas estimates, installations, and propane deliveries - Star Gas Products, Inc. -The History of Propane - Star Gas Products, Inc.

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In 1910, Dr. Walter O. Snelling, a chemist and explosives expert for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, was contacted to investigate vapors coming from a gasoline tank vent of a newly purchased Ford Model T. Dr. Snelling filled a glass jug with the gasoline from the Ford Model T and discovered on his way back to the lab that volatile vapors were forming in the jug, causing its cork to repeatedly pop out.
He began experimenting with these vaporous gases to find methods to control and hold them. After dividing the gas into its liquid and gaseous components, he learned that propane was one component of the liquefied gas mixture. He soon learned that this propane component could be used for lighting, metal cutting, and cooking. That discovery marked the birth of the propane industry. The Growth of an Industry 1912 Dr. Snelling and colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane. 1913 Dr. Snelling sold his propane patent for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of


Hudson Valley propane gas distributors offering propane gas estimates, installations, and propane deliveries - Star Gas Products, Inc. -News And Tips Archives - Star Gas Products, Inc.

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