fuel gases are suitable substitutes for Acetylene. In many cases, preferred
Propylene can be faster than Acetylene in many applications -
it can also be more cost effective. Generally speaking, Propylene can be
expected to perform as well as, and even better than,
Propane does not have the same BTU values as Propylene, but in
the right applications, Propane has its own advantages over Acetylene.
Propylene and Propane do not require chemical stabilization. Each cylinder
contains more pounds of usable fuel gas.
move from Acetylene to Propylene or Propane (there are other choices too) will
require some small adjustments, but not a measurable change in the way you
To get the most out of Propylene and Propane, we recommend that you use a torch
designed for higher pressure operation.
Along the same lines, your gas pressure regulators need to be
designed for the gas and the pressure you are using.
For optimum results and safety, MATHESON recommends the use of tips
specifically designed for alternative fuels.
Acetylene hoses are not suitable for use with alternative fuels - Grade T
hoses are required.
Choosing and using the right hardware is not just a matter of productivity
... it's also a matter of operator safety. We can
work with you on equipment recommendations and PPE choices as well.
MATHESON Gas Professionals have been trained in the application
requirements of all gases. They can help make your transition to
alternative fuel gases a smooth one.
In the end, we think, the change you make could be a permanent one.
Contact your local MATHESON representative, or visit one of our stores. We can
walk you through your options.