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What Burns Hotter: Propane Or Natural Gas?

Discover The Differences Between These Two Gases

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Propane and natural gas are both gases—but the question that remains is just how similar are they? We hear this a lot, and we’ve got the answers to help clear up any confusion between the two!

While both propane and natural gas burn at the same temperature—3,560˚ Fahrenheit—what you get when they burn is where the differentiation is greatly noticed. And those differences show why propane is the superior choice. We’ll explain.

Propane Gets You More Value

Unit-for-unit, propane delivers much more heat than you get from natural gas. One cubic foot of propane generates approximately 2,520 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat. One cubic foot of natural gas generates a paltry 1,012 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat.

For reference, one BTU is the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water by 1˚ Fahrenheit.
What it boils down to is that it takes more natural gas than propane to heat your home, cook your meals, heat your water, and use other gas appliances like fireplaces and clothes dryers.

For an additional 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 the same amount of time.

Propane Provides Increased Reliability

You can enjoy the benefits of gas heating, cooking, water heating, and more, with propane, no matter where you live with propane gas! You don’t have to live in a certain neighborhood to have it or pay for an expensive piping connection, unlike natural gas.

With natural gas, you are also at the mercy of a large natural gas utility for your gas supply.

If something goes wrong with their infrastructure, even if it’s miles away, you could be without gas in your home for hours, or longer. If your home loses its natural gas service in the winter, you’re stuck with a cold home, cold food, and cold showers until the gas comes back.

With propane, your propane supply is right there at your home. With our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring, you don’t have to do a thing, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll always have the propane you need to stay comfy.

Propane is More Environmentally Friendly

Propane is named as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. It offers several environmental advantages over natural gas.

While natural gas does have lower emissions of carbon monoxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrous oxides than other fossil fuels, it still emits them. Propane, on the other hand, does not.

Become a Blue Flame customer for safe and reliable propane delivery! We have several locations in Southern New Jersey, as well as Eastern Pennsylvania! Among the many towns, we proudly serve our Cape May, Vineland, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Toms River, Long Branch, Brown Mills, Lakewood, and East Brunswick in New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia, West Chester, and Doylestown in Pennsylvania.