AGA Propane Consumption

Here it is, the propane post.

Sources on the internet generally say that a 2-oven cooker will use 60 Liters or 30 Kgs of propane a week (Source 1, Source 2). When you convert this to imperial measurements you get 15.85 gallons.  We have been experiencing 14-16 gallons a week.

What does that mean in dollars?  Propane prices follow gasoline prices.  The last time we filled up it was $3.20/gallon. That means $7.24/ day,  $50/week or $213/month at current prices (4.2 weeks in month on average).  The first time we filled up (November 2010) it was around $2.75 a gallon. (Edit – on 6/28/2011 propane price was $3.40).

The table below summarizes daily, weekly and monthly costs of running a 2-oven cooker at different propane prices using 15.85 gallons/week to use as a guide:

Price/gallon Day Week Month
$1.00 $2.26 $15.85 $66.57
$1.25 $2.83 $19.81 $83.20
$1.75 $3.96 $27.74 $116.51
$2.00 $4.53 $31.70 $133.14
$2.25 $5.09 $35.66 $149.77
$2.50 $5.66 $39.63 $166.45
$2.75 $6.23 $43.59 $183.08
$3.00 $6.79 $47.55 $199.71
$3.25 $7.36 $51.51 $216.34
$3.50 $7.93 $55.48 $233.02
$3.75 $8.49 $59.44 $249.65
$4.00 $9.06 $63.40 $266.28

What I don’t have for you is a chart of retail propane prices. However it is safe to assume that 1) it was cheaper in the past and 2)there is a price spike in the colder months. Propane is a petroleum product and its price follows oil and gas prices.  Let’s hope the prices come down.

Don’t forget offsetting. No, silly, not carbon offsets. The offsetting effects of running an AGA in the winter. Our electricity usage for heating was minimal with the AGA on as it kept the house warm.

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