Can I use propane on a bbq that says use butane?
Frankly speaking I’ve been using propane stove and have never had problems with asphyxiation because of my propane stove, because I followed the advises from the article that can find if you will click here, and you know, it’s very well that I followed the most important advice and installed a carbon monoxide detector above your oven or stove and it saved my life once when I forgot to close the valve on the tank and since then I follow one more advice – to close the valve all the time when I stop cooking 🙂
Propane and butane are both hydrocarbon compounds but butane is thicker and has a higher heat content than propane. If you use butane instead of propane, the burner will be over fed. Propane contains approximately 2500 btu’s per cubic foot while butane contains approximately 3200 btu’s per cubic foot. The orifice that feeds the fuel to the burner is sized for the specific fuel so that the burner will receive the correct amount of fuel. As the fuel is sprayed through the orifice, air is drawn into the stream of fuel so that the fuel has the correct amount of oxygen mixing with it. Using another fuel will mean that the fuel and oxygen mixture will not be right. The natural by-products of combustion of a hydrocarbon are carbon dioxide and water vapor when the fuel to air ratio is correct. If not enough oxygen is available, carbon monoxide is produced. Carbon dioxide is heavier than air and it will displace air. If allowed to accumulate, it can lead to asphyxiation since there is no oxygen