Propane nozzles vs. natural gas nozzles

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Propane nozzles vs. natural gas nozzles
Propane and natural gas nozzles are not interchangeable. (energy image by AGITA LEIMANE from

Some wonder if it is possible to use a propane nozzle for a natural gas application and vice versa. However, natural gas and propane nozzles are different sizes and should never be exchanged for one another.

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The propane nozzle is smaller than a natural gas nozzle. Natural gas does not burn as hot as propane, therefore a stove, heater or barbecue grill needs more gas to produce the equal amount of heat when using natural gas instead of propane. Also, propane is under more pressure than natural gas.

Changing Nozzles

Many gas appliances come with both propane and natural gas nozzles. Gas water heaters usually do, as do gas stoves. The customer chooses which nozzle to use based on the type of fuel available in the home. Natural gas is usually the default nozzle, since the fuel is cheaper and more convenient to use where available.


Some hobs will require not only different nozzles, but also a wider orifice in the oven if using an integrated range. Some people prefer cooking with propane because of its hotter flame. However, it is a less stable gas and contains more carcinogens. Nozzles can usually be installed and removed by simply screwing them in or out.

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