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Propane was first identified as a ...
Propane was first identified as a volatile component in gasoline by Walter O. Snelling of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1910.
The volatility of these lighter hydrocarbons caused them to be known as "wild" because of the high vapor pressures of unrefined gasoline.
On March 31, the New York Times reported on Snelling's work with liquefied gas and that "a steel bottle will carry enough gas to light an ordinary home for three weeks."
It was during this time that Snelling, in cooperation with Frank P. Peterson, Chester Kerr, and Arthur Kerr, created ways to liquefy the LP gases during the refining of natural gasoline.
had produced relatively pure propane by 1911, and on March 25, 1913, his method of processing and producing LP gases was issued patent #1,056,845. A separate method of producing LP gas through compression was created by Frank Peterson and patented in 1912.
If you're a fan of the ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Propane was first identified ...
Propane was first identified by Dr. Walter O. Snelling of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1910.
In 1912, Dr. Snelling and some colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first commercial marketer of propane.
Thanks to Dr. Snelling's discovery, propane has become your best choice for dollar smart and green efficient energy for your home or business.
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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
Dr. Snelling and colleagues established the American Gasol Co., the first
commercial marketer of propane.
Dr. Snelling sold his propane patent for $50,000 to Frank Phillips, the founder of