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Contact Josef Gas For Generator Propane In Brampton

We’ve seen many different uses for propane in Brampton. Orange Cylinders of Propane - BramptonThe most common uses are for forklifts and backyard BBQs, but one use that is becoming more and more common is propane generators. Most people remember generators as large, noisy, smoke-billowing diesel engines that keep the power on when the electricity goes out, but, just like every other type of engine technology, there are new, greener ways to provide temporary power and propane generators are one of them.

Benefits Of Propane Generators

Propane powered generators are not as common as gas and diesel generators yet, mostly because there are fewer propane models available. What is available are used mostly in residential settings – homes, RVs, and cabins to provide clean-burning, quiet power. Here are a few more reasons generators that run on propane in Brampton have become popular:

  • Propane doesn’t go bad. Properly stored liquid propane has an endless shelf life, unlike gasoline, which can spoil or become stale after about 1 year. That makes propane a smart fuel choice for people who don’t know if or when they will ever need to fire up their generator.
  • Safer storage. Propane is safer to store and transport than gas or diesel fuel. Propane cylinders are almost impossible to damage and they very rarely spill or leak. Obtaining propane during an extended power outage may be easier than finding gas, especially if the electric gas pumps are down.
  • Better for infrequent use. One of the biggest hassles of using backup gas or diesel generators is dealing with the gummy deposits the fuel leaves behind in the engine. Since propane burns so cleanly, there is very little residue left behind to gum up the engine, which means the engine will be easier to start even after extended periods of non-use.
  • Clean burning. Propane is far less polluting than gas or diesel and produces less carbon monoxide. You still shouldn’t run propane generators indoors, but at least you can take comfort in knowing that you’re doing less damage to the environment with a propane generator.
  • Duel-Fuel options. Some propane generators run on either propane or gas, making them more versatile and giving consumers a chance to try out a propane powered machine without giving up their gas-powered machine to do so.

Shop Generator Propane In Brampton At Josef Gas

We’re intrigued by propane-powered generators and will definitely be keeping an eye on new models as they hit the market. For those who already have propane-powered generators and need a reliable supplier of propane in Brampton, contact Josef Gas at 416.658.1212 or visit us online at www.josefgases.com to learn more about our propane services.


Materials Matter. How Welding Wire Can Affect Arc Weld Outcome

If you’re like most arc welders, you’re always looking for ways to improve your weld quality Welding being done with Welder with mask.and output levels. Welding wire and electrodes are one component of welding that is often overlooked as a way to improve production, but it might be just the variable you need to consider to achieve your goals.

Welding Wire Types

There are three primary types of gas-shielded arc welding wires to choose from:

  1. Solid gas metal arc welding (GMAW) wire. GMAW combines a solid wire electrode (GMAW electrodes) with a shielding gas to protect the weld. The wire and gas combination affect weld strength. This type of wire is popular because it leaves slag-free deposits and doesn’t require much clean-up, boosting efficiency.
  2. Composite GMAW (metal-cored) wire. Metal or flux-cored wires have metallic components in the core. These are also slagless, low-clean-up choices. Performance is similar to solid GMAW wire.
  3. Gas-shielded flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) wire. Fluxing and deoxidizing agents in the core help protect the weld from the atmosphere and can be engineered to affect the mechanical properties of the weld deposit.

Best Welding Wire For Different Applications

  • Dirty Steel. FCAW wire is the most tolerant of dirty base metals, followed by composite/flux-cored wires. Solid wire electrodes just don’t handle mill scale and surface contaminants well, unless the wire is highly deoxidized.
  • Travel Speed. Metal-cored and flux-cored welding wire is the best choice if speed is important. Again, solid wires don’t do well when materials are contaminated which slows down deposition speed and can negatively impact bead shape.
  • Out-of-Position Welding. Out-of-position welding is always a challenge. In these situations, small-diameter FCAW wire is the best choice, allowing high deposition rates and producing slag that can actually help support the puddle. Solid wire and metal-cored wires can be used with a short-arc procedure on thin materials. Pulse-welding can improve deposition rates if you must use solid or flux-cored wires.
  • Mechanical Properties. Both metal-cored and gas shielded flux cored wires provide good strength and mechanical properties. The added core components influence mechanical properties, giving these two types of welding wire advantages over solid metal wires.
  • Postweld Operations. Solid wire and metal-cored wires are cleaner choices since they produce little spatter. FCAW wire requires the most clean-up due to the slag left behind on the weld. In multiple pass applications, you might even have to remove slag in between passes.

Visit Josef Gas For Welding Wire

All gas-shielded electrodes have different mechanical properties, arc behaviour, and intended applications, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are limited to using the same type of electrode you’ve always used. Options exist for almost any welding project. If you’ve made changes in other areas and still aren’t obtaining the results you want, it’s time to take a look at your welding wire – and Josef Gas can help!

Visit us online at www.josefgases.com or in person at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON to discuss your project needs and find welding wire that will deliver the results you need.

10 Essential Welding Supplies For Toronto Area Welders


Welding wouldn’t be possible without welding supplies! Man using Welding Supplies and safety equipmentPros and rookies alike agree that there are just certain things every welder needs to make the job easier, safer, and more effective. Here’s our list of the top ten essential welding supplies Toronto welders need.

10 Essential Welding Supplies

  1. Auto-Dimming Helmet. Auto-dimming helmets are a huge improvement over non-dimmers. As the name suggests, these helmets dim the shield automatically whenever a bright light is detected. This not only saves your eyes, it also makes it easier to find your weld joint when the mask is down. You will find plenty of auto-dim helmets to choose from; go with whatever you find to be the most user-friendly and comfortable.


  1. Workbench or Table. Depending on where you’re working, you may or may not have to provide your own workbench, but a solid surface is essential to getting a good weld. Choose from stationary or portable metal tables to keep yourself off the ground and more comfortable as you work.


  1. Gloves are probably one of the first investments you’ll make in your welding career. Be sure to purchase gloves designed for welding; they will protect your hands and lower arms from heat, sparks, and UV rays that are produced during the process. You may need several different types of gloves since there are different types for different kinds of welding.


  1. Respirators are essential to protecting your lungs from the fumes and even the inhalable debris that can be created when welding. Look for respirators that provide both fume and dust protection.


  1. Safety Glasses. Have you noticed a theme of safety equipment on this list? Your safety is the number one concern, so don’t skimp in this area. Safety glasses are the latest addition to our list. Sparks get EVERYWHERE, including under your helmet. Protect your eyes with safety glasses when welding or grinding.


  1. Angle Grinder. Grinders are versatile tools to have in the shop. Just change the disc and you can use them to perform many different tasks. Clean weld joints, smooth welds and cut metal all with one tool!


  1. Clamps. Even the best welder will create subpar welds if the material moves around on them. Clamps ensure the materials stay tight together and straight. They are especially useful when working on large pieces. You’ll find all kinds of shapes and styles of welding clamps and will likely end up buying several different types as you go further in your career.


  1. Measuring Tools. “Measure twice, cut once” doesn’t just apply to carpentry. Save yourself time, money, and lost materials by investing in and using decent measuring tools. Every toolbox should have tape measures, metal rulers, callipers, and metal T-squares.


  1. Rolling Cart. Unless you ALWAYS do your work in one location on your workbench, you’ll want a rolling cart. These carts come in all sizes and can hold anything and everything you need for the job: the welder, welder bottle, tools, etc. Don’t want to buy one? Make one as a fabrication project!


  1. Metal File. Metals files are essential finishing tools. Cuts can create lots of tiny metal burrs that you’ll need to get rid of. For larger pieces, you can use the grinder to remove the burrs, but smaller, more delicate pieces will be better served with a hand file.

Shop Welding Supplies In Toronto

Visit Josef Gas for welding supplies in Toronto. We are open to the public and welcome visitors to our retail shop at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord ON. Call 416.658.1212 or visit us online at www.josefgases.com to learn more about our products and services.

Avoid These 4 Common Safety Hazards With Help From Welding Suppliers In Toronto

Always being aware of safety hazards and using proper safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), areMan with hard hat and safety vest. two ways people can reduce the chance of on-the-job injury. Without proper protection, welders are at risk from:

  • Gas and fumes
  • Electric shock
  • Fire and explosions
  • Exposure burns

Let’s take a quick look at what kind of personal protective equipment from welding suppliers in Toronto can do to minimize these dangers.

PPE For Welders

  • Gas and Fumes. The fumes in welding come from either the reaction of metals being welded or the shielding gases used during the process. Breathing in those fumes can be dangerous, which is why welding respirators exist. Coupled with welding respirators, ventilation and exhaust equipment helps bring fresh air in and force fumes out.


  • Electric shock. Electric shocks can be among the most serious of risks for welders because the shock itself can cause injury or death as can any falls that result from the shock. Electric shocks happen when two metal objects that both have voltage touch. If the welder is holding these pieces of metal at the time, the welder essentially inserts him or herself into the electric circuit, which causes an electric shock. To avoid accidents like this, welders should wear dry welding-specific gloves and insulate themselves from the objects and the ground.


  • Fire and explosions. The biggest risk of fire comes from the welding arc itself. With temps reaching as high as 10,000 degrees F, the intense heat can pose a danger as can sparks and spatter. The best course of action is to remove flammable materials from the area, protect flammable materials that can’t be moved by covering them with a fire-resistant material, and keep fire extinguishers and alarms nearby and in good working order.


  • Exposure Burns. PPE is crucial to preventing exposure burns. Protective welding gear is made of leather and natural materials, like cotton, that have been treated with flame-retardants. Avoid synthetic materials that can melt in high heat. Safety glasses and a welding helmet protect the eyes from sparks, heat, and intense light. Leather gloves can protect from sparks, flames, and electric shock – as long as they are dry. Some welders wear ear plugs if the work area is excessively loud or there is a chance of debris entering the ear canal.

Visit Welding Suppliers In Toronto For Protective Equipment And Gear

Common sense, coupled with the right protective equipment, keeps welders safe and production moving along. Visit Josef Gas at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON for all the welding supplies and equipment you need to stay safe on the job.


Propane Suppliers In GTA Share Winter Safety Tips

Clearing snow with shovel after stormWe are well into our Canadian winter and still have many more weeks to go. This makes it the perfect time to share some winter safety tips, particularly around propane supplies and storage. We don’t slow down much for winter and expect our propane powered machines to be just as resilient. Even so, there are safety considerations when it comes to using propane during winter weather, storms, and the extreme cold.

Pre-Storm Prep

Propane suppliers in the GTA, like Josef Gas, are always advising customers to be prepared for winter storms well before they happen. In many cases, good prep work can eliminate problems before they arise and reduce the chances of storm damage to your propane tanks and machines.

  • Mark the tanks. Large, standalone propane tanks should be marked with a flag or stake to avoid accidents with snowplows and snowblowers during heavy snowfall. The same procedure should be followed for cages and tanks that might be harder to see in a snowstorm.
  • Check your supply. If a big storm is approaching, make sure you have enough propane on hand to fuel your forklifts and other propane powered machines just in case roads are blocked or delivery schedules are off. Contact Josef Gas ahead of time to arrange early delivery or extra delivery of propane tanks.

During the Storm

If you are using propane during a winter storm:

  • Ensure adequate ventilation. Be sure your ventilation systems are working well and clear of snow.
  • Check CO detectors for proper operation.
  • Check regulators and valves, which can crack or freeze during extreme cold.

After the Storm

Once the storm dies down, it’s clean-up time.

  • Clear snow and ice from around aboveground propane tanks to lessen the chances of pipes freezing and cracking and clear a path to your cage and cylinders.
  • Inspect cylinders, valves, and regulators for storm damage and to ensure proper operation. Report any problems to whichever of the propane suppliers in the GTA that you contract with for propane. Don’t try to repair the cylinder or valve yourself.

Josef Gas Is Tops Among Propane Suppliers In the GTA

Our flexible delivery options and the largest on-site propane tank in the area make Josef Gas tops among propane suppliers in GTA. Contact us to change propane suppliers in the GTA, set up a propane delivery schedule, or to stock up before a big storm.

Call 416.658.1212 or visit us www.josefgases.com to get started!


Forklift Propane Has A Long History

Forklifts are so common in warehouses andLarge Warehouse interior

manufacturing sites these days that we tend to forget these workhorses weren’t always around. Even so, they have been around for quite a while – almost 100 years, if you can believe that.

From Tractors To Trucks To Forklifts

In 1917, we saw the introduction of powered tractors and tractor lifts in factories, courtesy of Clark Material Handling. Just 3 years later, Yale & Towne Manufacturing started selling lift trucks. From 1920 through the 1930’s forklift-like machines were introduced, tweaked, and redesigned. It was World War II that brought about the widespread use of forklifts, as they were seen as being more manoeuvrable, efficient, and adaptable than trucks in a warehouse or factory environment.

Forklift Propane Arrives On The Scene

Forklift propane made its debut not long afterwards – in the 1950’s. The original cylinders were designed based on the amount of fuel that would be needed to power the forklift for an 8-hour work shift. The end result was 33-pound steel cylinders for 4-cylinder forklifts and 43-pound steel cylinders for 6-cylinder forklifts. Over time, manufacturers were able to develop efficiencies that reduced the weight of empty cylinders by replacing the steel with lighter materials.

As concerns over greenhouse gases and emissions grew throughout the following decades, forklift manufacturers had to start meeting more strict emissions standards. Machines that ran on forklift propane became even more desirable since propane gives off so few emissions. Today, propane forklifts are valued for the same reasons. They are efficient and have low-emissions while also being nimble, manoeuvrable, and able to lift heavy weights.

Set A Schedule For Forklift Propane Delivery With Josef Gas

Josef Gas can provide you with the forklift propane your site needs. We operate the largest single storage propane tank facility in the GTA and have our own fleet of trucks to ensure timely delivery. Our cylinder exchange program includes cylinders and cages to keep your propane organized and secure. We offer on-call deliveries as well as automatic deliveries of forklift propane for forklifts, floor sweepers, and scissor lifts.

Contact us at 416.658.1212 or visit us online at www.josefgases.com to learn more about our propane services.


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