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 about Chemistry
While both propane and butane are hydrocarbon gases, propane has the chemical formula C3H8, while butane has the chemical formula C4H10. Propane has a boiling point of approximately minus 44 degrees Fahrenheit, while butane has a boiling point of 30 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit, making propane more useful as a fuel in colder weather.Full Answer >
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 not necessarily healthier than oil in heating a home because propane can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the University of Nebraska. On the other hand, oil has its dangers as well as being a combustible product.Full Answer >