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Questions and Answers on Propane and Butane Fuels

Issue 9 and Volume 102.

Questions and Answers on Propane and Butane Fuels Chief, Fuel Utilization Branch, Bureau of Mines, U. S. Department of the Interior THIS series of Questions and Answers on Propane and Butane fuels was prepared principally to supply information in answer to inquiries received by the Bureau of Mines. It is reprinted from Bureau of Mines I. C. 7519, “Questions and Answers on Propane and Butane Fuels,” to whom acknowledgment is made hereby. What are propane and butane fuels? Propane and butane fuels are petroleum products somewhat lighter in weight and much more readily gasified than gasoline. Such a fuel is often called “liquefied petroleum gas,” or “LP-gas”; at ordinary atmospheric temperatures and pressures the fuel exists as a gas, but when subjected to pressure it liquefies readily. This convenient characteristic makes possible its use as an easily burnable gas and its storage and transportation in concentrated form as a liquid…

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