What Happens If You Use Propane On A Natural Gas Stove

Today I’m going to share with you my experience of trying to use natural gas with a propane stove. I’m not going to cover too many details, but I promise you will find all the information that will help, but I thought I would share that the transition was completely painless, and the only inconvenience was the fact that we had to find a new burner.

Kettle boiling a cup of tea whist camping

Imagine your stove has been working just fine until you go camping and use the natural gas on a propane stove. You then notice that the burners have scorched your cookware. You quickly turn off the stove and inspect the burners, but you see they are “full”.

You wonder what is happening. You go into the manual for the stove and see that the burners are made to run on only propane and natural gas.

Now you ask yourself if you use natural gas on a propane stove or otherwise. The brief answer is NO! And it is highly advisable you don’t try, as this may cause an explosion if you didn’t fix it properly.

However; if you use natural gas on a propane stove, the flame will be too large. This is because the orifice jet for natural gas is considerably larger than the one used for propane. And this may lead to burning, or damage to your stove.

But wait… What if I told you there was a way to use natural gas on a propane stove without risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or explosion?

If you’ve got a propane stove, then chances are you’ve got a natural gas tank. What happens when you use them together? Well, that answer is a very complex subject. Depending on the type of stove, the line pressure may be low enough that it actually works just fine – but many are not that lucky and run dry with the wrong fuel.

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What Happens If You Use Propane On A Natural Gas Grill

Gas Grills are the most popular outdoor cooking appliance in the world, it is also the most environmentally friendly cookers. Because of the wide amount of research that has been done on it, I will share my experience and knowledge. I owner a new natural gas grill, on this day, while we are having fun at our campsite, suddenly we run out of gas and we couldn’t find any gas station around the campground.

However, when you use natural gas on a propane grill, it can be a little confusing. Some people mix them up, and some people are afraid to use natural gas in their propane grills. So, what should you do? Gas is a perfectly safe fuel for grills, however, gas produces a lot more heat than propane, so you need to adjust the amount of time you cook on the grill to the amount of gas you use.

Nevertheless, whichever, you want to do either “you want to run natural gas on a propane grill”, or “you use propane on a natural gas grill”. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you can’t use a natural gas grill with a propane grill, and vice versa, as many have claimed, but believe me, this is what I and my friends have tried on different occasions and it works just fine. However; why many hold the belief that it won’t work is because the gas orifices are sized differently to accommodate the different pressures of each gas, which have been said earlier.

Note: if you can find your way through this, it is advisable you don’t try it to be on a safer side. Because if anything goes wrong, we won’t be held responsible for your mistake!

How Do You Know If Your Gas Stove Is Natural Gas Or Propane

Imagine the frustration. You’re cooking dinner at your campsite for your family, but suddenly you hear a loud noise and the stovetop is blowing fire. Who has time to troubleshoot a natural gas stove? Not you.

You’re sure you’ve got a propane unit right. But with a simple mathematic, you can tell which is which! You can tell by the way the flames look on the stove. If the flames are higher than 3 inches and yellow or red on the ends, that means your unit is set up for natural gas. If the flames are 1 to 2 inches higher and mostly blue with yellow flickers and tips, then it’s set up for propane. You can also check our post on “how to fix yellow flame on gas burner“.