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      smallfryd

      I need to replace a State Turbo 880 40 galllon propane water heater and have several questions:1 – Do natural gas water heaters have a nozzle or jet that can be replaced so that they will work with propane or is a totally differrent water heater required?2 – Is is feasible to look for a water heater with the identical dimensions so that the existing venting at the top ot the WH can be used or is that just wishful thinking?3 – Do you know of any source that would list the dimensions of various models of water heaters?4 – Do you know of a website for State water heaters. I searched a little but couldnt find one; I did find your rather neat site, though, while I was searching.Thanks,Bob Langley Winters, CA

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      Bob langley
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      Bob:–1. Natural and LP water heaters have very different controls. Conversion is possible but should only be attempted by a really qualified gas installer. The tank dimensions are the same.2. Yes..there is a cross reference from most manufacturers that will help you select a replacement water heater with similar or identical dimensions thus making the installation much easier.3. State Industries can provide the dimensional data…they must have a web presence, but I dont know it..sorry.4. Try a search using State Industries State water heaters……….lots of luck…Bud.

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      Bob langley
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      You will either want one marked for LP gas, or for Mobile Home use which will have the two orifices and an adjustable regulator. The natural gas heaters have a 6 regulator, but LP requires 10, so modifying it would require a different thermostat and the new thermostat would have left hand burner tube threads which would give you still another part to replace.: I need to replace a State Turbo 880 40 galllon propane water heater and have several questions:: 1 – Do natural gas water heaters have a nozzle or jet that can be replaced so that they will work with propane or is a totally differrent water heater required?: 2 – Is is feasible to look for a water heater with the identical dimensions so that the existing venting at the top ot the WH can be used or is that just wishful thinking?: 3 – Do you know of any source that would list the dimensions of various models of water heaters?: 4 – Do you know of a website for State water heaters. I searched a little but couldnt find one; I did find your rather neat site, though, while I was searching.: Thanks,: Bob Langley : Winters, CA

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