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Old 08-11-2008, 05:59 PM   #15
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Holy enthalpy Batman! Dig out the textbooks!

I always thought that the boiling point of butane was 31F. Now I find out that's really the freezing point.

Who would have thought things would change so much once calculators were invented.

markdoane,

31F is the boiling point, below that temperature, butane is a liquid. The various appliances in an Airstream use a gas and not a liquid to create heat. Therefore below 31F, butane is useless.

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Old 08-11-2008, 06:07 PM   #16
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In the 60's I was calling all LPG Butane. When I ask the delivery man a question about my butane tank, his answer to me was. " All butane tanks are underground and all above ground tanks are Propane." Since then I have just assumed that all above ground tanks contain propane. Since Dennis explained freezing point I understand why butane tanks were buried.

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I have an old Gaz backpack lantern (French) which uses the CV470 propane/butane mixture cartridge. I used it in lieu of the Coleman lantern in my Cabela's Guide model tent. I noticed that in really cold weather that it has a tendency to sputter a lot. I guess it is the butane in the propane that is doing it.
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