I want to compare two types of engines: Turboprops and piston engines. I want to know which one is more efficient. There are many types of efficiencies, so I will specify: thrust (in newtons) per fuel consumption (kg/second).
Right now I don't care about power/weight ratio or max speed or horsepower. Those are all valid concerns for aircraft design, but I'm trying to pick exactly one criteria and figure which engine is more efficient in its terms and its terms alone. I don't want to mix criteria. I want to focus on one aspect, get an answer to it, then move on to the others later.
A complication is that piston engines usually give their output in horsepower. I have no idea why this is. What's ultimately needed is thrust. I realize that a propeller engine's job is to create torque, and thrust will depend on blade length and airspeed. In that case, I can't understand why those engines don't specify their output in torque.
Citing engines that actually exist (and citing their specs) will answer this question as long as the choices are modern, good engines.
(I did not include turbojets or turbofans for fear of being too broad. I picked two propeller engines and don't want to mix them with jet engines.)
One more thing. I realize that engines are capable of varying levels of thrust. It's my understanding that max thrust is usually more inefficient than cruising thrust. Therefore, I will ask for thrust/fuel-consumption figures of an engine at typical cruise conditions.