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What kind of gas is in a hot air balloon?
Gas balloon: the envelope is filled with a gas lighter than air: nowadays hydrogen is the most common used gas as helium has become very rare and very expensive. Hot air balloons are the most common aerostat, often seen early in the morning or by late afternoon.
Do hot air balloons use helium or propane?
Many people think hot air balloons are using helium because a typical birthday balloon is often filled with helium. There are a few reasons propane is the gas of choice in a hot air balloon. The name 鈥渉ot air balloon鈥?helps give you some idea of exactly how the propane is used to fly the balloon.
What are the different types of balloons used for flying?
The two most often used balloons for flying are hot air balloons also called Montgolfieres and gas balloons aka Charlieres Hot air: the air inside the balloon is heated by open fire from a burner fed on propane. To go up you warm the air inside the envelope, to go down you let the balloon cool.
What keeps a hot air balloon in the air?
Propane is a very light and easy to transport gas which allows hot air balloons to stay up in the air. Without propane, the hot air balloon would not be able to fly.