Asked by: Odalys Pressler
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Can you use propane for a gas fireplace?

Last Updated: 27th April, 2020

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As long as there is space for a propane tank, gas fireplaces powered by propane can be installed anywhere. And propane can also be used for more than one item, like your Napoleon® grill, a Patioflame® or an outdoor fireplace.

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Hereof, can you use propane in a natural gas fireplace?

Gas Logs are either made to burn Natural Gas or Liquid Propane. So you cannot use a Natural Gas burner with Liquid Propane or visa versa. You must make sure you order the correct burner for the type of gas you will be using. The major differences are in the burner orifices and safety pilot choices.

Likewise, how do you hook up a propane tank to a gas fireplace? The propane is fed to the fireplace via a gas hose line. The hose line is attached to the propane tank with a gas hose pressure regulator valve. The regulator valve is installed by screwing it into the propane tank valve. This makes propane tanks easy to replace once they have run out of fuel.

Keeping this in consideration, what size propane tank do you need for a gas fireplace?

20 Pound Tanks One of the most common residential propane tanks is the 20 lb. tank, which is the size of the tank you hook up to your propane gas grill or for other modest residential energy needs, like a fireplace. 20 lb.

Are propane fireplaces expensive to run?

In Propane, there is about 91,500 BTU in a gallon. For the equivalent in a gas insert or gas fireplace, a large could use about 40,000 BTU/hour and in this case would cost about $0.40/hour to operate for natural gas and about $1.31/hour for propane.

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What happens if you use propane on a natural gas heater?

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Is propane cheaper than natural gas?

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Can you switch from propane to natural gas?

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Are propane fireplaces efficient?

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How much is a propane fireplace insert?

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Does propane burn hotter than natural gas?

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How do you clean the pilot light on a gas fireplace?

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  2. Use a flashlight to look into the tube where the pilot flame comes out.
  3. Use a can of compressed air to blow the dust and dirt off of the end of the innermost tube.
  4. Turn the gas valve back on and attempt to light the pilot.

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How long will 100 pound propane tank last?

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How long will a 100 lb propane tank last for gas logs?

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How far can a propane tank be from a house?

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The minimum distance from the opening of a building is 10 feet. The minimum distance from any source of ignition is 10 feet. The minimum distance from a property line is 10 feet.

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When should I fill my home propane tank?

The Best Time to Get a Propane Tank Refill. Instead of waiting to run out of propane before refilling, we recommend filling your tank up when it has 2 pounds of fuel left.

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How long does a 500 lb propane tank last?

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Do I need a regulator for my propane fireplace?

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Where do you put a propane tank?

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Is a 20 lb propane tank high or low pressure?

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Are all propane regulators the same?

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