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
While propane gas is not lethal in small doses, it can be fatal in high concentrations in poorly-ventilated areas. Inhaling it can cause a number of symptoms, including fatigue, nausea and collapse. Heavy physical activity may further induce symptoms due to a higher amount of inhaled gas.Full Answer >
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 a clean, inexpensive fuel that heats better than electricity, but it requires a large propane tank with high installation fee and may not do well in very cold temperatures. There are several pros and cons of this man-made fuel source.Full Answer >
To convert a propane barbecue to natural gas, run a natural gas line to the barbecue and install a conversion kit on the grill. Converting to natural gas instead of propane allows the user to use the home's natural gas line, reducing the chance of running out of fuel while cooking.Full Answer >