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Posted by Tom on September 21, 2005, 4:16 am

I thought I would share some research and my findings with this group
about the costs of propane vs oil.   I decided to make the switch from
oil to propane after being tired of spending  the maintenance costs of
the oil burner and still having problems almost every winter.   In my
search for info I found outright lies and BS.
Many sites show the cost being double for propane along with other
misinformation. Now let me share my findings.    First off propane
prices vary from 1.49 to 2.60 per gallon up here in the northeast.
Not true with oil.  The price for oil is 2.50 to 2.80 per gallon.
Most people are under the assumption that an oil burner runs at 85%
efficiency.  It does if you spend 250.00 per year maintaining it.
Otherwise except 80% or lower.    The cheapest I can get fuel oil is
2.55  per gallon.  I have 500 gallons of propane coming at 1.49 per
gallon.   In the end I will paying 10 cents less per Btu gallon at
this price.   When I factor in the new propane unit running at 95%
The total savings per heating season totals about 350.00 + another
250.00 in maintenance costs savings.  Now will this be true for
everyone?  The answer is no. What I am saying is do your homework and
ignore most the bull shit on websites, yahoo and Google.  Call around
your area and compare prices.   If you can purchase your propane tank
you can shop the market better and possibly save even more.    

Posted by nicksanspam on September 21, 2005, 6:47 am

A friend near DC has had trouble finding people to maintain the propane
furnace and water heater in his basement. HVAC people tell him they are
happy working with natural gas (which is lighter than air), but concerned
that a propane leak may fill up his basement and blow the house up.


Posted by Tom on September 21, 2005, 12:40 pm

On 21 Sep 2005 02:47:57 -0400, nicksanspam@ece.villanova.edu wrote:

Yes propane can blow up your house. That said I have lived here
39 years and know of only one accedent like this. Belive it or not
Most explosions I am aware of were casued by natural gas leaks.  As
far a maintaing a propane unit goes what maintenece are you refering
to?  They can run for years without needing anything.    Once again Im
not advocating people switch, nor do I endorse either fuel. Im simply
arming people with the facts.  Funny I have an HVAC guy installing my
frunace.  He is not concered, but then again he knows what he is
doing. He is running black iron pipe to the outside hook up.
A gas furnace should be fail safe. If the pilot goes out the gas
supply shuts down.  I have never heard of a failure that would cause
it to do otherwise.  

Posted by Mark & Mary Ann Weiss on September 21, 2005, 7:39 am

All those savings are fine until your whole house explodes from a gas leak.
Even if oil did cost more, I would avoid gas at all costs. Too dangerous.

Posted by GeekBoy on September 21, 2005, 7:47 am

I've had Natural Gas in my house for 40 years. No problems.

 I am sure backwards people also said the same thing about electricity 100
years ago.

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