Environmental & Tank Safety Cover
Saves Energy, Reduces Air Pollution, Protects Familes…and
ProcoverPlus™ Version 2.0 Begins Anew and I need your Help
This is a pre-Kickstarter Campaigne
The Goal is to obtain 4,000 Supporters well before the 2017 BBQ
The target donation is $25 and once I hit 4,000 I will place my
volume order with my new supplier and ship one to you.
The Donation page is coming soon, please email me and I will
notify you when it is ready.
HERE IS MY STORY
My name is Frank
Bartels and I am the inventor of ProcoverPlus™, the metalized heat reflective
propane tank cover. I began my journey when I read a San Francisco Chronicle
newspaper story about a propane grill accident near Santa Cruz, in that article
the victim said, and I quote…
“I could hear my skin sizzle”
My background is
engineering and I immediately know how to solve the problem. I applied for a US
Patent and it was granted.
My plan was to
license the cover patent to a grill manufacturer but after 3 meetings with the
President of one of the most well known in the US I came to the conclusion that
the propane BBQ manufacturers didn’t want to admit that there were any safety
issues with propane tanks. Licensing to a grill manufacturer was not going to
be one of my options to market.
In fact at a later
date the same company suggested to one of their representatives who wanted to
represent ProcoverPlus™ that they might lose the grill company’s line if they
I then decided to
self-venture the cover to establish that it was a commercially viable retail
product. I sought and obtained an SBA loan and quickly proceeded to market.
After 4 years I had increasing sales with increasing repeating customers. I was
selling thousands…this would have been great…but because I was still in low boot-strap production I was losing $2-3 for each unit sold.
It was actually painful to see the orders come in. I knew I needed to move to
the next level and seek an investor to keep the volume growing until it could
jump that gap that determines a product’s success.
This was a time well
before crowd funding and Kickstarter type websites so I did what people did
back then and searched out Angel and Venture groups who were willing to listen
to an entrepreneur/inventor such as myself. I was invited to present at a
number of investor gatherings and had interest and received some funding but
not at the level I needed to make the jump.
They say timing is
I was bringing my
product to market in the aftermath of 9/11 and people were just too afraid to take
on new things.
then some good news.
One of the board
members of the bank that provided me with the initial SBA loan had been
following my progress over 4 years. We would meet several times a year to
review my progress usually over lunch at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, CA. He
had the raw sales data and saw the increasing trends and told me it would be a
good investment to go at it as the manufacturer and not to license it. As
someone who had sold a major company, Mercantile, in Chicago in the 1970’s for
$1 Billion I felt good about his conclusion. We came to an arrangement and he
agreed to invest $300,000 into the business, up to this point I had invested
$150,000 of my own.
They say timing is
everything…and so it is!
LeRoy Kohn died about
a week before his 84th birthday and before he wrote the check for
$300,000. If he had only written that check just a bit earlier he truly would
have been an Angel Investor.
Then I thought I got
lucky again. I met with a company at a home tradeshow in Los Angeles called
Dayva International who sold to the likes of Home Depot and Targets of the
world. They wanted to license my patent. We worked up an exclusive licensing
agreement and I thought I had finally made it. Well where I was looking for a
4,000 order to be profitable they were looking at 500,000. The manager who was
my product champion left the company and nothing happened.
Note to self: NEVER
sign an exclusive licensing agreement that doesn’t have a minimum royalty
So it is time for a
new start, the exclusive licensing agreement has expired, the kids are out of
college and it’s time to have some fun and make some money.
Previously an Ace Hardware Store vendor# 10385.
Successfully test marketed in the following
Char-Broil's - Grill Lover's Catalog*
Frontgate's - The Ultimate Grill
We make barbecuing cleaner and
Left tank HOT without cover.
Right tank COOL with cover.
The infrared heat image
picture is worth a thousand words.
I was so ready to go big time
in the retail market. I had the retail
packaging designed and developed.
I even invented a new point of
purchase display that fits right onto a propane tank collar.
Propane tanks vent =>
(LP Gas Engineer, North Carolina Dept. of Agri. & Consumer
Propane contributes to ground level Ozone formation=>
(Chemical Incident Management Support Unit, Cardiff)
ProcoverPlus cover reduces propane tank venting
(Vacation Industry Review, Green Scene 10/2000)
by Good Sam Club's
an Excellent Rating
propane tank sitting in the hot sun or next to a hot barbecue will pressurize
and vent through the relief valve...
of venting tanks releasing unburned hydrocarbons into the atmosphere contribute
to metropolitan pollution."
your gas with ProcoverPlus™
The same space age material
used to protect spacecraft and firefighters from heat is now available to help
protect your family, your propane tank and the environment. ProcoverPlus™ is a patented
product that was designed to slip over a propane tank to help keep it safe. Out
of the 5.5 million (8.4 million as of 2001) propane barbecues sold each year
there are about 5,300 instances* of fires and explosions associated with
improper use, storage, or accidental situations connected to propane barbecues
and propane tanks. Grease fires are one of these very common and unpredictable
events that happen that overheat propane tanks causing them to vent propane,
resulting in flash fires and explosions. Our invention helps prevent this for
only $24.95. Protect yourself, your family, your local firefighters and the
environment and save money $$$!
...And Protect the Environment
There are approximately 65
million 5 gallon propane tanks in use in the United
States alone. On average these tanks are refilled twice a year. These same
unprotected tanks can, and do, vent propane gas. As a result there may be more
than 400 million pounds of unburned gas escaping into the atmosphere every
* The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 1996,
"Gas Grills: Faster, Cleaner, More Perilous", by Aaron Lucchetti,
Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal.
of using the ProcoverPlus™
- Protects you, your family
and the environment from potential harm.
- Made from the same material used to protect spacecraft and firefighters from
- Keeps the propane tank on your gas barbecue grill cool and looking good.
- Reduces the heat absorbed by the propane tank as a result of radiant heat by
up to 1800%.
- Low cost and easy tool-free installation.
Radiant Heat Test
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October 14, 2016
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