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Want to change Dayton 3E133E from natural gas to Propane

Would like to know if a Dayton 3E133E can be switched over to propane from natural gas. If so, how?

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    I have a Dayton 3E228 heater It is natural gas. Can it be converted to propane?

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Would have to have conversion kit IF available. Must get from mfr. The Dayton brand is owned exclusively by W.W.Grainger. Not sure if someone else makes their furnaces for them. Start w/ Grainger, if they won't sell to you maybe they will give you the name of a company who will work on it. Good Luck!

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