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What Burns Hotter: Propane Or Natural Gas?

Let’s Check The Facts!

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If you currently have natural gas fueling your southern Maine home, you may think that both it and propane are pretty much the same thing. Why would you want to switch to propane, and is it worth the conversion?

Truth is that they aren’t the same and propane provides some benefits you won’t ever get with natural gas.

Starting this spring season, PitStop Fuels can help you make the switch from natural gas to propane, from converting your existing gas appliances to propane and adding new ones, to installing your propane tank and lines into your home. Once you’ve made the switch, you can count on us for dependable, safe propane deliveries all year long.

Why make the switch to propane? There are three big reasons: Reliability, security, and better efficiency!

With natural gas, you are dependent on a large natural gas utility for your gas supply. If something goes wrong with their infrastructure, even if it’s miles away, your home could lose its gas supply for several hours if not longer. In winter, that means no heat, no gas for cooking, no hot water.

But when you use propane, your propane supply is right there at your home. Choose our Automatic Delivery option, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing we’ll fill your propane tank before you run low.

The Burning Question About Home Heating

While both propane and natural gas burn at the same temperature—3,560˚ Fahrenheit—what you get when they burn is actually quite different.

You get more energy with a unit of propane than you do with natural gas. One cubic foot of natural gas generates about 1,012 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat. Propane leaves that figure in the dust, generating 2,520 BTUs per cubic foot!

One BTU is the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water by 1˚ Fahrenheit.

You need more natural gas than propane to get the job done, whether it’s heating your home, heating your water, cooking, and using other gas appliances. Here’s an example: A 100,000 BTU natural gas furnace will burn approximately 97 cubic feet in one hour, while a propane furnace will burn only 40 cubic feet in that time.

That’s right—not only does natural gas fall short with heating power, but you’ll need more of it just to do that same mediocre job. Who wants that?

Get the efficiency and security only propane provides. Become a PitStop Fuels customer today and let us keep you warm and comfortable all year long!