Propane - should I convert?

Old 04-01-13, 07:31 PM
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Propane - should I convert?

I live in CT and have a oil furnance, thinking of going to propane.

1. Do propane furnaces need as much maintenance as a oil furnace?
2. Do propane tanks (residential tanks, not grills) need maintenance?
2a. Do propane tanks expire?
3. If the power goes out, will a gas stove/fire insert still work?
4. Is it possible to convert a propane furnance/fire insert into natural gas?
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1. No.

2. Yes, periodic testing after ten years or so.

3. Maybe, it depends upon what kind of igniter is used.

4. Often yes but no absolute across-the-board answer.

Since propane is primarily a by-product of oil refining the cost of propane will follow crude oil fairly closely.
Old 04-02-13, 08:05 AM
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re: #3, pilot ignition fireplaces/wall heaters don't need power.

re: 4#: forced air furnaces come equipped for gas, and can be converted to propane on site.

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