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Several of my neighbors and I are considering switching to Natural Gas.
I was wondering if there are people here that have had it for a long time and if there have ever been disruption of delivery.

If I had natural gas I could hook up a nat gas generator. I could also install a gas fireplace ( something I've always wanted, convert my BBQ grill so I no longer need to fill tanks and even use it for a clothes dryer which is better than electric.
I have a great electric stove but perhaps I could add a small gas top to augment it?

But in the face of this storm it got me wondering how reliable gas delivery is?
How good are the burners?

What can some of you that have had it tell us who are thinking about it?
Especially about its reliability in natural disasters.

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I have always had natural gas. In lynbrook, long beach,oceanside, and now miller place. I never lost gas service. I even have a NG BBQ & 2 NG fireplaces. I did not buy generator yet. If i do it 20kw NG fired. I have been looking at generac they are about $4300.00. Just a ton of cash for something you may never use. I think wow that is alot of 44MAG Ammo.
 

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Ditto. I would guess it's delivery is about as reliable as water.
It is more reliable, people have to boil their water from time to time when water mains break.
 

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Garden City. House was oil when we bought it. Switched to nat gas (16 years ago) and abandoned the oil tank. Never had any interruptions. Still, today, have hot water, stove/oven work (need to manually ignite), etc,. I recommend it + no need to monitor deliveries.
 

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My house had its original oil furnace when I moved in but it also had gas coming in for the stove, dryer and hot water heater. That's one of the reasons I bought it. I would never by a house that didn't at least have gas available to it. We converted the heat to gas after two miserable winters with oil (i.e., as soon as we could afford it).

Natural gas is better in every way.
 

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Got it all. 17kw Generac, pool heater, fireplace and stove run off big gas tanks. Boiler off a full 750 gallon oil tank. Electric dryer. And 5 tanks of propane for the grill, which is 2 years worth. Funny thing is I told my wife that oil might be short soon. She did not realize that the house did not heat itself with magic. Just thought heat came from the thermostat.
 

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Can hot water heater, heat still be manually lit? Hot water heater has the OFF-PILOT-ON switch with a little window
Nope, won't work. You can heat the water, BUT You need electricity to run the circulator pumps in order for the hot water to be pumped through the base boards. Same goes for forced air heat. Need elect for the fans to blow the warm air.
Hot water works with the water pressure from the street pushing the heated water from the water heater up to the faucets.
 

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Nope, won't work. You can heat the water, BUT You need electricity to run the circulator pumps in order for the hot water to be pumped through the base boards. Same goes for forced air heat. Need elect for the fans to blow the warm air.
Hot water works with the water pressure from the street pushing the heated water from the water heater up to the faucets.
I am not sure if that is what he was asking

His question is not clear

He may be asking how to light a hot water heater manually
 

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Thanks for the responses. Its what I thought but its good to hear from people that have had it.

Whay did you do with your old heating oil and stuff?
I PUMPED THE REMAINING OIL OUT INTO A 55 GAL DRUM AND GAVE TO A BUDDY OF MINE, WE THEN CUT THE TANK IN HALF W/ SAWZALL CLEANED IT WITH BRAKE CLEANER AND PUT AT CURB FOR THE TOWN TO PICK UP. SHOULDNT HAVE BOTHERED CLEANING IT. 5 MINS AFTER PUTTING IT OUT SOMEONE GRABBED IT FOR SCRAP. MOST TOWNS WILL PICK UP AS LONG AS CUT AND CLEAN.
 

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I've done 3 oil to gas conversions .... 2 residential, 1 industrial.
IMHO its cleaner, quieter & requires less maintenance.
Efficiency wise, I think its a wash when comparing new equipment .
Storage is a double edged sword .... you gain space [if you had an indoor oil tank] but you do not have any storage IF there is an interruption in service.
I am considering installing a 500lb tank of propane as a back-up .... can be used for heating, cooking & power generation.
Also running NG BBQ & fireplace
 

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I've done 3 oil to gas conversions .... 2 residential, 1 industrial.
IMHO its cleaner, quieter & requires less maintenance.
Efficiency wise, I think its a wash when comparing new equipment .
Storage is a double edged sword .... you gain space [if you had an indoor oil tank] but you do not have any storage IF there is an interruption in service.
I am considering installing a 500lb tank of propane as a back-up .... can be used for heating, cooking & power generation.
Also running NG BBQ & fireplace
You CAN NOT run Natural gas appliances and equipment on Propane and vice versa WITHOUT CONVERTING THEM. Some can not be converted at all

KAAAA BOOOMMM
 

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You CAN NOT run Natural gas appliances and equiptment on Propane and vice versa WITHOUT CONVERTING THEM. Some can not be converted at all

KAAAA BOOOMMM
You are 100% correct. I did not mention a set up change would be required ..... orifices, regulators or regulator settings. I do believe all devices are convertible ..... manufacturers say no to absolve themselves of liability!
 
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