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What is the difference between natural gas and propane gas?

Asked by ibstubro (12500 points ) July 8th, 2014

As asked.
I don’t need the Rocket Scientist answer, just the layman’s.
I asked this question recently among 3 rural individuals (one 50, and 2 73, 2 men and one woman), and none of us knew.
I find that fairly amazing, and wish to be able to report back.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

“Propane is produced as a by-product of two other processes, natural gas processing and petroleum refining. The processing of natural gas involves removal of butane, propane, and large amounts of ethane from the raw gas, in order to prevent condensation of these volatiles in natural gas pipelines. Additionally, oil refineries produce some propane as a by-product of cracking petroleum into gasoline or heating oil.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propane#Sources

Lightlyseared's avatar

Natural gas is a combination of several different chemicals one of which is propane.

Propane is just pure propane.

marinelife's avatar

Here’s the whole enchilda.

maybellekim's avatar

Propane gas is product of two other processes and natural gas has different chemicals.

Stinley's avatar

I like @Lightlyseared‘s definition. I was further thinking that natural gas is the stuff that comes to your house in a pipe and propane comes in big gas bottles/canisters. But willing to be corrected

JamesWilsn's avatar

Natural gas is mixture of methane and other gases, propane is actually a by product of both petroleum refining and natural gas processing.

ibstubro's avatar

Thanks, @JamesWilsn, and welcome to Fluther. Ride the wave for a bit and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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