What are the pros and cons of propane?


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Propane is a clean, inexpensive fuel that heats better than electricity, but it requires a large propane tank with high installation fee and may not do well in very cold temperatures. There are several pros and cons of this man-made fuel source.

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Propane is used primarily in the home for cooking or heating. Made from natural gas, this fuel can have both its pros and cons.

Propane is a clean burning, American made fuel. It is non-toxic and not soluble in water. The fuel is inexpensive and it produces more heat than electrical heaters. Propane can heat air to between 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Wilcox Energy. Propane storage units on site allow homeowners to have more control over their electrical and heating needs. It is also considered very safe as propane fuel doesn't ignite on contact with the air, unless an ignition source reaches 940 degrees F.

On the downside, propane tanks are large and may be an unattractive addition to the yard. The initial installation costs are much higher than just having electric heaters installed. Propane tanks are also pressurized to keep the fuel liquid, if there is a failure the tank may rip open in a sudden release of gas. As temperatures drop below -20 degrees F, propane also begins to break down.

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