Posted 09-22-2001 at 20:35:57
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RH- Suggest you grab them surplus bargains!
LP has about 66% of the BTU of gasoline. It is a super high octane fuel, with superb anti-knock properties. Your post sounds like your old engine died because of low octane fuel...
LP engines have the spl valves and seats and high compression pistons. Run on on gasoline under load and it'll blow in a short time.
A big problem with LP is that each batch had a different BTU and the farm tractor driver was all the time fiddling with the mixture screw. Another was that people couldn't comprehend the 66% BTU when it was compared to gasoline MPG over the road.
For energy content comparison purposes-
Gasoline = 100%
Diesel = 125%
Propane = 66%
Ethanol = 66%
Methane = 50%
Methanol = 50%
Flatulance = 45%
Gasoline and diesel are low octane, but all the rest work great at 12:1 or higher CR.
Like the old bumper sticker sez, "Eat more beans, Iowa needs gas!" Grins, IHank