Bottled Gas for the House
Where mains gas is not available from the street, many companies elect to go with bottled gas or LPG as it is known (Liquid Petroleum Gas).
The bottles come in a range of sizes, but the size you require depends on how much LPG gas is or will be used, where the property and the cylinders are situated.
Bottled gas does not work to be anywhere near as cheap as mains gas does, however, the convenience of having gas for cooking and also cooling and heating, is the more important factor for some families.
In the photo, you can see the regulator which is positioned between the two bottles. This regulator has two purposes. Firstly, it limits the gas pressure going to the appliances within the house. Secondly, it has a manual switch where you can switch between the bottles should one become empty and are in need of the use of gas. If you look closely at the second photo you will see a chain which is around the bottles so they move or don’t tip over for safety reasons.
Appliances that are running off of bottled gas have to be made to suit this gas, as gas appliances cannot be connected to both natural gas from the street and also LPG bottled gas due to being two different gasses and operate under two different pressures. It is dangerous to try and connect one type of gas to an appliance when it is specifically made for the other.
As shown in the picture you will see there are two bottles, which is more of a convenience factor, so should one become empty there is a second bottle that can be used until the gas changeover company can attend.
What is LPG Gas? – Otherwise known as butane or simply propane. A mixture of flammable gases to fuel vehicles, cooking and heating appliances. LPG has a higher energy content than natural gas.
What is Natural Gas? Fossil fuel like coal/oil, which has no colour or odour. It largely consists of methane and additional hydrocarbons, which often take place underground, naturally, and it also burns fairly cleanly.
If you happen to smell gas coming from the bottles or the appliance, call a gas fitter/technician immediately.