What is the difference between butane and propane gas?
Comparison of propane gas and butane gas
|Propane gas||Butane gas|
|Gas pressure regulator||Propane or butane/propane||Butane or butane/propane|
|Can be used up to a temperature of||-42 degrees Celsius||0 degrees Celsius|
|Can be used during these months||Summer and winter||Summer|
|Suitable for||Patio heaters and gas barbecues||Patio heaters and gas barbecues|
|Costs||More expensive than butane gas||More affordable than propane gas|
Summer versus winter usage
Propane gas in summer and winter
If you want to use your patio heater or barbecue when it's winter, you need propane gas. You can use propane gas at an outdoor temperature of up to -42 degrees Celsius. There is only a slight chance it will be that cold during winter, but at least you'll know for sure that you can also use your barbecue or patio heater when it's freezing outside.
Butane gas in summer
If you only want to use your barbecue when it's warm outside, butane gas is a great choice. Butane gas can be used at a temperature as low as 0 degrees Celsius, so you can also use it in the fall and spring. Do you have a barbecue or heater that works on butane, but can also be used with propane gas? Replace the gas pressure regulator and you can easily switch to a propane gas supply by the time it's winter.
In principle, all gas patio heaters and gas barbecues are suitable for both butane and propane gas. Which type of gas you need depends on which time of year you want to use the barbecue or patio heater and the gas pressure regulator. The manual tells you which gas pressure regulator you need for your gas heater or gas barbecue. Can't find the manual? Check the gas pressure regulator. In the case of butane gas, the letter 'B' is on the pressure regulator. You'll see a 'P' on it for propane gas and 'B/P' if both gases are possible.