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Propane and Natural Gas Heating Stoves

Propane heating stoves are one of the most efficient, safe heating sources for your family and home. Propane is a byproduct of petroleum refining and kept in a liquid state, most often referred to as LP, liquefied petroleum. Trace amounts of propane can also be extracted from natural gas drilling. For these reasons, propane is far more potent than natural gas and contains more than twice the amount of energy per square cubic volume. Propane barbecue grills are manufactured differently than natural gas grills and the same holds true for heating stoves. Gas orifices in propane stoves are smaller than their natural gas counterparts due to the increased fuel energy. But just like barbecues, some heating stoves are convertible between the two fuel types.

Propane is considered a hydrocarbon, and in its gaseous state is non-toxic. The aroma, however, is similar to natural gas, convenient in order to detect leaks in your stove or piping. Propane storage is often best outside in a large tank, not in enclosed spaces. Though itís stored and transported as liquid, propane when in your home is in a gaseous state, which is generally safer than liquid-fueled heaters and stoves such as gas or kerosene. Unfortunately, both propane and natural gas produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly in unventilated, enclosed spaces. It is recommended all propane and natural gas stoves undergo regular maintenance and checkups.

Propane heating stoves are very popular for home use. Besides being safe, efficient, and clean, propane is more readily available than natural gas, since natural gas is pumped through networks of piping only where natural gas wells can be drilled. Propane is stored in large tanks outside the home and can be installed anywhere across the country. And while the initial installation of a propane heating stove may be more costly than wood or electric heating stoves, their high energy output makes them more beneficial and cost-effective in the long-run.

Natural gas heating stovespressure differences between the fuels. Again, most natural gas and propane stoves can be converted from utilizing one fuel source to the other.

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