When you think about propane, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the tank outside a home. Or the grill in your backyard. Without a doubt, these are both popular uses for propane, but don’t be fooled — there’s a lot more this gas can fuel. 

Powering the original ice sport 
For a large part of the United States, hockey is one of the few things to look forward to during the brutal months of winter. And in order to create the best conditions for the game, ice rinks depend on the Zamboni.

The average Zamboni travels close to 2,000 miles each year while resurfacing an ice rink. Across the world, there are an estimated 10,000 Zambonis in operation. And what fuels a Zamboni? We’ll give you one guess. 

Most Zambonis use propane as their fuel source. Because propane has lower emissions, it’s ideal for indoor use. Propane is also efficient, making it an affordable choice for most hockey rinks and arenas. 

Cracking through the ice during ice fishing
If you’re from the north or the Upper Midwest, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a truck parked out by a shack on a frozen lake. For many upper Midwesterners, it’s just another winter’s day. 

But ice fishing wouldn’t be possible — or at least, it would be a whole lot less pleasant — without propane.  Most heaters in ice-fishing houses are powered by propane, from small, portable heaters to larger tanks at resorts. 

Besides keeping ice fishermen and women warm, propane also powers ice augers. That’s because in addition to its efficiency, propane is also one of the most portable and flexible fuels on the market. 

So, whether you’re lacing up your skates or cutting a hole into the ice, take note that your favorite winter sports are most likely powered by propane this season. To learn more about propane, for home and for sport, contact your local Cenex.

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