Propane and natural gas burn at nearly equal flame temperatures (3,560 degrees Fahrenheit). However, propane yields more energy per unit volume than natural gas does. For many years it was a commonly held belief that propane burned hotter than natural gas, but that was due to a miscalculation in the volume needed to create equal yields.Know More
In order to create the same yield in heat, the volume of natural gas used must be about 2.5 times that of propane. Burning one cubic foot, natural gas will yield about 1,012 BTU's of heat, while propane yields 2,520 BTU's of heat in that same cubic foot.
The automatic ignition temperature, which is the minimum required temperature to ignite gas or vapors in the air without the presence of a spark or flame, varies slightly between natural gas and propane. The automatic ignition temperature for methane, or natural gas, is 1076 degrees Fahrenheit. Propane requires a slightly lower automatic ignition temperature of 842 degrees Fahrenheit.Learn More
Liquefied natural gas is an odorless liquid that is formed when natural gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also non-toxic, and the liquefaction process shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, which makes it easier to ship abroad.Full Answer >
Propane is separated from crude oil during the refining process and extracted from natural gas at a gas processing plant. It is considered a fossil fuel because it was formed from the remains of sea animals and plants. When living organisms die and sink to the bottom of the sea, sand and silt cover them, subjecting the remains to high pressure and heat, which change the chemical makeup.Full Answer >
Gasoline and diesel fuel are both used to power automobiles and machinery. They are both the product of crude oil, but they are different because they are not able to power engines in the same way.Full Answer >
Propane inhalation may create symptoms such as coughing, nausea, dizziness, nervousness, vomiting, increased heart rate, weakness, fever and lightheadedness, according to MedlinePlus. Higher levels of propane exposure can lead to convulsions, loss of consciousness, limb pain and numbness. It is important to seek medical attention after being exposed to propane.Full Answer >