If a supplemental gas stove is in your future, consider the reasons that a propane stove may be the best choice for you. Natural gas may be more common, but that doesn't mean it's the better option.
Propane vs. Natural Gas
These stoves can be installed into any home, as opposed to natural gas stoves. With natural gas, the delivery structure is always a concern. If there are no natural gas lines in the neighborhood, it can be costly, if not impossible, to run a pipe to your home.
Natural gas cannot be easily stored in a tank, so you are limited by where the natural gas lines run in the neighborhood. Even if there is a natural gas line in the neighborhood, there will be limits on where the line can enter your home, based on where the main line runs.
Propane is extremely flexible. In most cases a propane line can enter the home wherever a homeowner wishes. The only requirement is that the propane tank be located nearby. There are some requirements for distance from the home for a propane tank, but they are not stringent.
With the flexibility of propane installation, you are able to put a propane stove in any room of the house, which makes them a more attractive option than natural gas for many people.
One of the reasons propane is so flexible is that it is a very safe fuel. It has a very narrow range of flammability. Propane stoves are safer than many other options because the fuel comes from the pressurized tank as a vapor rather than a liquid.
The propane distributors also have an aggressive homeowner education program to ensure that you know how to maintain and safely use your stove or any propane appliance.
Long Lasting Appliances
Propane appliances are long lasting and clean burning, making them great for the environment. Propane is listed as a clean fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act and National Energy Policy Act of 1992. It is non-toxic and safe for water and soil.
Propane tanks can be installed above ground or can be buried in the ground so they are not as much of a focal point in the yard.
Many homeowners are so happy with the performance of their propane stove that they want other propane appliances. You can install propane hot water heaters and propane ovens for maximum efficiency.
Propane stoves have advanced in the aesthetics and design aspects, and you'll doubtless find many options that are attractive and fit with the décor of your home. There are inserts for fireplaces as well as freestanding propane stoves available.
Propane Provides Efficient Heat
On the technical side, propane's flame temperature is higher for propane. It is 3,614 degrees Fahrenheit as opposed to natural gas, which burns at 3,254 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it a more efficient choice for heating, as it will take less fuel to produce the same amount of heat.
All of these factors make propane stoves an ideal choice for supplemental or primary home heating.