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Old 05-26-2007, 07:35 PM   #1
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Does burning propane =water?

If we use the refrig and furnace using propare, will water be generated and if so, is there drain valves in the Argosys? Or, is it vaporized in the air?

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Old 05-26-2007, 08:00 PM   #2
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I don't believe and water is produced at all...except possible for condensation on the ammonia coils in the refer. Propane does not produce an extrodinary amount of gasses such as carnon monoxide (not sure but I think starved of O it might, but not when completely burned). Darn, that is all I can conjor up from my memory...and anything I say may be wrong
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The list of by-products from the combustion of propane does not include water. Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are the major off-gasses. neither of these you want in an enclosed area. Propane does require a substantial amout of Oxygen for combustion.
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Yes. The burning of gas will produce water vapor. The furnace and refer vent out side. The stove will not be a problem because of the power vent to pull CO out. If you have a catalitic heater you may see some condensate.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:40 PM   #5
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GO Bob is correct. Burning propane produces water.

Propane is C3H8, that is 3 atoms of carbon and 8 of hydrogen. Complete combustion of propane means that those atoms combine with oxygen to produce CO2 (carbon dioxide) and H2O (water). Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced if combustion is incomplete (not enough oxygen is available). Carbon monoxide is very poisonous. With complete combustion, the water is given off as a gas (water vapor) as is, of course, the carbon dioxide. The water vapor will condense into liquid water if it cools enough.
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:15 PM   #6
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I asked the question as I am wondering if I should expect to see water dripping below any of the propane appliances while in use.

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I asked the question as I am wondering if I should expect to see water dripping below any of the propane appliances while in use.

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I've never seen water coming from LP appliances as a result of the propane combustion process. You will get some moisture in the fridge compartment from either condensation on the cooling coils or from the interior condensate drain that exits at the rear or the fridge.
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I asked the question as I am wondering if I should expect to see water dripping below any of the propane appliances while in use.
"Propane appliances" is pretty general. What are you seeing?
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I see a little condensate dripping from my Attwood water heater. It happens when I first start it in cool weather and when the water inside is cold (40 degrees F).

I confirmed it is from the burner tube, not the relief valve.
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Just physics

That's normal. The exhaust gas is full of water vapor. If it hits a cold surface or atmosphere it will condense. You see this on auto tailpipes in the morning when they arae first started. As the system warms up the vapor quits condensing and becomes invisible. Just physics.
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