If you use propane in your home, you know that it is an efficient, clean-burning, versatile gas.
You may not know that it also shares some similarities with another gas: Butane.
Both propane and butane are both liquid petroleum gases (LPGs). They are both flammable hydrocarbon gases and byproducts of natural gas processing.
Propane and butane also both produce carbon dioxide, water, carbon monoxide and soot when combusted. They each can be used to fuel vehicles and heating stoves.
But, even after a number of similarities, propane and butane really are quite different. We’ll explain how!
Butane is frequently seen as a fuel for camp stoves and grills. But propane is the preferred choice here as well.
Remember what we said about propane working in cold weather? That applies here too. If you’re grilling in the winter, butane may not work for you. Literally. Propane is also much easier to use with your grill. Just connect your propane cylinder to the grill, and you’re ready to go!
Propane is clean burning, so it won’t add strange flavors to your food, especially light, delicate-flavored food like fish or fruit. Butane? You’ll likely get a fairly pungent smell and taste of lighter fluid.
At the end of the day, both gases emit no long-term negative effects on the environment. Propane and butane are both safe, non-toxic, clean burning fuels that are a great source of energy. We just hope now that you can tell them apart!
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