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The Temperature of a Propane Flame

How hot (and how efficiently) can propane burn?

propane Charlestown, WV Is propane currently powering the furnace or boiler that’s warming your Eastern Panhandle home? What about the water heater that keeps your showers steamy and your dishes and clothes clean? Do you rely on propane to fuel these and other crucial home comfort appliances?

Every day, we talk to homeowners in Charleston and across our service area about the value of propane HVAC systems and other products. Propane generates robust, efficient power in a wide range of appliances.

Here’s a rundown of just how hot propane’s flame is.

How hot is a propane flame?

When propane burns efficiently, its flame is blue. The temperature of that flame is 3,596° F. If your propane flame is yellow or orange, that means the gas is not burning completely. An orange or yellow flame’s temperature is probably way down at 1,832° F. You’re losing out on a lot of warmth., and much of your fuel is going right out of the chimney. It’s important to reach out to a propane technician like the folks at Roach Energy. We can fix your burner to ensure your propane is burning safely and efficiently.

It’s worth noting that the flame of natural gas burns about as hot as propane — but that doesn’t mean that they’re equally efficient at generating heat energy.

What are British thermal units?

A British thermal unit (or Btu) is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1° F. One Btu is roughly equivalent to the energy released by burning a match. Using Btu’s to measure heat generation is useful because it tells you how effective an energy source is at generating heat.

One gallon of propane can generate about 91,452 Btu’s. You would need about 27 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce the same number of Btu’s. When you measure propane gas by cubic feet, you’ll see that propane generates over twice as many Btu’s per cubic foot as natural gas.

How efficient are propane products?

Propane systems and appliances are some of the most energy-efficient on the market. Today’s propane furnaces have fuel efficiency ratings as high as 98.5%. Pretty much all the fuel you burn in these products goes to heating your home, and these furnaces consistently deliver air heated to 120°–140°F, even on icy winter nights.
Propane water heaters, when new and properly sized, have about double the hot water recovery rates of electric units. Propane tankless water heaters produce virtually unlimited hot water on demand — using even less fuel.

Propane dryers get laundry dry in considerably less time than electric products. They also leave fewer wrinkles, cutting down on your ironing.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg for high-performance propane products. There are also professional-quality gas ranges, dependable standby generators, gas fireplaces, outdoor amenities and more.

Roach Energy — For All Your Propane Needs

If your West Virginia home depends on propane appliances, Roach Energy can be your one-stop shop for reliable propane delivery and expert HVAC services. Our friendly, professional team is always at your service to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Want a propane company that truly values your home comfort? Become a Roach Energy customer today.