Winter-weary propane users await ebb in prices


Rocky McClain of Gaile's Propane fills a 1,000 gallon tank Wednesday at a church near Trafalgar. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Winter isn’t over yet, but a camp near Trafalgar already has used as much propane for heat as it would in a normal year.

The 18,000 gallons of propane Camp Allendale orders typically is more than enough to heat the 15 buildings on the grounds for the entire year. But this winter has brought so many days of subzero weather that workers have turned down thermostats, plugged in electric heaters and hoped they wouldn’t need to buy more propane as prices spiked, bookkeeper Nancy Pim said.

Multiple bitterly cold days this winter have caused a national shortage in propane, which led to prices jumping by 50 cents or $1 in a single day, said Paul Voiles, operations manager at Gaile’s Propane.

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