What Are Some Uses of Butane?

What Are Some Uses of Butane?

What Are Some Uses of Butane?

Butane is often used in cigarette lighters and portable cooking stoves. It is also used as a heating fuel, a coolant, and a propellant in aerosols.

Butane is a highly flammable gas, which makes it ideal to be used for heating; it is often sold bottled for use in outdoor grills or camping stoves. When it was determined that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) depleted the ozone layer, butane became a replacement material to act as a propellant in aerosol spray cans.

When butane is inhaled, it can cause a sense of euphoria and hallucinations. As a result, it is often abused through intentional inhalation, commonly known as 'huffing.' Butane is known to cause "sudden sniffer's death," an immediate and sudden fatal condition that is usually a result of asphyxiation or ventricular fibrillation.