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Walter O. Snelling

Chemist and Explosives Expert

U.S. Bureau of Mines

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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.


Hometown Propane Partners, L. L. C.

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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 some 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 Phillips Petroleum Company.


Henderson Propane: Propane

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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.


About Loyal Gas 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. Learn more at www.usepropane.com


LP Gas introduction

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Propane was first identified as a volatile component in gasoline by Dr. Walter O. Snelling of the U.S. Bureau of Mine in 1910.


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