M&M Oil and Propane
233 Hoggard Ln.Johns Island, SC, 29455
Charleston natives Anne and Grey Minshew know the importance of family values when it comes to business. After all, Grey’s parents started M&M Oil in 1962 and the couple expanded the company into propane when they bought it in 2005.
Though M&M Oil and Propane still installs and runs lines for propane-fueled products from fire pits to grills to gas lanterns, they now purvey retail merchandise including fireplaces, charcoal grills (including the celebrated Big Green Egg), and high-end outdoor furniture.
Even with all this expansion, the Minshews still consider themselves a small, family-run business. And with that comes the old-fashioned work ethic that’s hard to come by these days. “Our clients, whether they’re our neighbors or seasonal homeowners on Kiawah, get attentive customer service and individual attention. Grey’s been known to go out on nights, weekends, even Christmas Day to get something working,” says Anne.
This full-service Johns Island company covers all the bases for clients, who also benefit from Grey’s 40 years in the business and his knack for creative solutions. They give advice, deliver, install, and even set up products, all with a personal touch that sets M&M apart from competitors. Of this practice, Anne explains, “It’s going to matter to us that our clients are satisfied. It’s our family name and we’re accountable to that.”
Q and A Section
Q: What are you seeing most in terms of market trends in the Lowcountry?
A: We’re answering more and more to the demand for greener products and we constantly scout the market for new innovations. We also respond to our clients’ insistence on a quality product. People are making an investment and they want things that last—and we want to provide them with products they’ll be happy with for years and years to come.
Q: What are some of the products and manufacturers you carry which meet these market directions?
A: We’re adding Memphis Grill products to our inventory. It’s an eco-conscious, user-friendly grill that uses recycled sawdust pellets that come in different flavors, like applewood. It’s ideal for women who don’t want to mess with propane and the lightweight pellets make it easy to use—plus it produces great grilling results. We also carry Breezesta outdoor furniture made from recycled poly that’s handsome and heavy—it’s impervious to the elements, which makes it practically maintenance-free and perfect for our coastal climate.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you can give someone interested in your products?
A: Know your budget, especially when investing in heating fireplaces. It’s like buying a car—you can get into expensive territory with all the available options. Nothing is worse than seeing a client get so excited about their choices and then realize the price is outside of their budget. We try to offset that by carrying a range of quality products at very affordable price points and our knowledgeable staff can recommend the best option for any budget.
Q: Everyone is cost-conscious these days. What product would you recommend to help in home savings?
A: Absolutely a tankless hot water heater. Europe has been using them for decades and they’re just catching on here—you’ll likely cut your propane consumption by a third or more. Not only will you save on fuel use, but you’ll see incredible savings over the life of the heater.