Comparative Hazards of Manufactured and Natural Gas

Issue 8 and Volume 119.

Comparative Hazards of Manufactured and Natural Gas Industrial Fire Safety In many sections of the country natural gas has replaced manufactured gas for cooking, for home heating and for industrial furnaces. Following are some data for comparing these two types of gas: Inasmuch as natural gas has about twice the heat energy or Btu content of carburetted water gas, the gas orifices are made smaller so that only about half as much gas reaches the burners. However, as indicated above, more air is required for the combustion of natural gas, so the air inlet must remain the same or be slightly larger. The gas consumption of a typical kitchen range is about as follows: Characteristic odors: Manufactured gas has a characteristic odor, not unlike that of creosote, which it acquires during its production. Natural gas, on the other hand, is absolutely odorless, so it is necessary to add a very…

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