Are there users here using butane ?

Discussion in 'Burners and their construction' started by metallab, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. metallab

    metallab Silver

    Propane is IMHO one of the best fuels for powering a melting furnace, although some prefer waste oil. But lighter refill fuel is mainly butane and in the past here in W-Europe cooking on butane (so- called 'butagas tanks') was common in places devoid of natural or town gas.
    Now it is completely phased out for tanks similar to propane tanks.
    I think it is due to its 'high' boiling point of 0ÂșC under normal atmospheric pressure, which means that under freezing temperatures in winter, the tank sucks in air instead of releasing butane gas when opened, which is a grave danger. Is that true ?

    Does anyone use butane ?
  2. amber foundry

    amber foundry Copper

    For my bunsen burner, it's used for portable gas fires and use in caravans for cooking and heating. It's more expensive than propane over here and I've never seen a large bottle.
  3. rocco

    rocco Silver

    I'm not aware of refillable butane bottles being used at all in North America, the largest commonly used butane tank here is a 1/2lb (227g) disposable bottles. The large refillable tanks are usually filled with LP gas which is a mixture of gases, mostly propane and butane, the exact proportions vary with location and time of year.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2021

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