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bigdog 09-02-2008 12:18 PM

converting to propane
 
I like to replace my old oil based heating system to a propane based system. Is it possible to convert the old oil tank to a propane tank?
Thanks.

1610 CUB 09-02-2008 05:58 PM

No! It Cant!

8 Ball 09-02-2008 06:00 PM

Your old oil tank can be converted to a really nice barbecue, but no...not to a propane tank.

Whomever you select to service your propane will sell or lease you a tank.

DangerMouse 09-02-2008 06:41 PM

a buddy of mine cut his in half and made a "hillbilly hot tub".... seriously.

DM

8 Ball 09-02-2008 06:58 PM

Now that...I would like to see...preferably with him not in it.

DangerMouse 09-02-2008 07:08 PM

it was wiggly along the long edge, so i told him to run a 2x4 on the saw and make a long groove and then glue it to the edge. heh heh it worked fine. he then put a section of privacy fence to an unused side door and made a naked walkway. real deal. it's too funny, but he loves it on a hot day. i've not used it, nor want to. lol

DM

Silent Bob 09-04-2008 06:28 PM

No, Contact your propane company first.

dac122 09-05-2008 01:53 PM

Nope. No way can you use an oil tank for propane storage. Don't take this personal, but since you're asking this type of question, I suggest you get a pro to do this for you.

TazinCR 09-05-2008 03:16 PM

You better do the math before you switch. I made that mistake. Gas heats faster but there are more btus of heat in a gallon of oil than gas. I found this out to late.
I would never make that mistake again.
The bad part is it is all expensive.

dac122 09-08-2008 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TazinCR (Post 155320)
You better do the math before you switch.

Yes, you need to take into account 3 things for that comparison: price of the fuel, BTU content of the fuel and efficiency of your furnace/boiler. You are after the lowest BTU cost.

This is a generalization, but in most places natural gas is cheapest. A long way off from that is propane, then oil and electric are neck and neck. Wood, coal, pellets trump all these, and a heat pump can have lower costs in mild weather. Again a generalization, at this moment, but do make sure you do the math.

johnpierce79 12-23-2008 01:49 PM

Quote:

This is a generalization, but in most places natural gas is cheapest. A long way off from that is propane, then oil and electric are neck and neck. Wood, coal, pellets trump all these, and a heat pump can have lower costs in mild weather. Again a generalization, at this moment, but do make sure you do the math.
Can you give the comparison of the prices of these types of fuel?

dac122 12-23-2008 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnpierce79 (Post 201795)
Can you give the comparison of the prices of these types of fuel?

To compare the cost of 1 million btu's of heat for an NG furnace compared to a heat pump:

Gas furnace with gas at $1.90 per therm, 95% efficient furnace:
(1,000,000 / 103,000 btu per therm) x 1.90 / .95
= $19.41

16 SEER 3 Ton Goodman Heat pump with electricity at 15.7 cents per KWH , C.O.P. = 3.5 at 35F:
(1,000,000 / 3414 btu per KHW) x .157 / 3.5
= $13.13


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