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Old 04-10-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Natural Gas House,,,,,how to have a Propane back up?

I get free natural gas from on old well that is on the property, its an excellent deal, except sometimes they have trouble with the well. Everything in my house is natural gas, furnace, hot water heater, stove, clothes dryer, ect, I am looking for a way to have a backup when they do have problems with the well, there is no natural gas line available from a utility. Can I hook in a propane tank and use propane for a back up fuel, without changing orfices in everything? I've lived here a year, and have basically been out of gas a couple of days, 3 or 4 times. Pretty inconvienient when it happens, anybody think there is a way to do this just for a back up? Dont want to burn the house down, but dont want to change orfices in everything multiple times either. I wouldnt be concerned if by adjusting pressure with a regulator that I could just limp by, for a couple of days. The appliances might not work up to par but if I could just get by safely I'd be happy, Any ideas?


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Old 04-10-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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Can I hook in a propane tank and use propane for a back up fuel, without changing orfices in everything?

Any ideas?
Woodburning stove or fireplace for heat and a small electric water heater.
The water heater can be piped in with the gas WH and switched on as needed.


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Old 04-10-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
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no, there is nothing you can do. Orfices have be changed for the different gases
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As posted "NO". The gas cannot be alternated with the same orifices.
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Can't be done, but a few outages per year is a small price to pay for free natural gas.
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I've often wondered what it would take to compress natural gas and store it. It is under a few pounds of pressure in the line, obviously.
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Compressed natural gas is stored when used as a fuel in vehicles. I don't know for sure, but the amount needed to operate your appliances may require a large storage tank. Also the storage for CNG has to be specifically tested and rated and are probably cost prohibitive. So I guess the short answer{too late} is no.


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