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LPG vs Natural Gas - Difference Between LPG and Natural Gas - Is LPG Natural Gas

LPG & Natural Gas are chemically different gases, as natural gas is methane gas whilst LPG - liquefied petroleum gas - is propane or butane (bottled gas). There is a higher energy content for LPG vs natural gas, so less LPG gas is needed. LPG heat content is 93.2MJ/m³ vs natural gas at 38.7MJ/m³. The air to gas ratio for LPG vs natural gas combustion is about 25:1 for LPG vs natural gas at a 10:1 ratio.

The difference between LPG and natural gas is that they are different gases with different distribution, as well as different energy content, density, gas:air mix for combustion and working pressure. Propane is LPG vs natural gas as methane. Gas bottles are used to supply LPG vs natural gas conveyed by pipeline.

LPG compared to natural gas has more than double the energy content at 93.2MJ/m³ vs natural gas at 38.7MJ/m³, so LPG is much more efficient than natural gas and is now cheaper in many cases.

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Gas Bayonet Fitting - How Does it Work - Gas Bayonet - Gas Bayonet Hose - Gas Heater Bayonet Connection: How to Connect & Disconnect

A female gas bayonet fitting is floor or wall mounted. It provides a quick connection for your indoor gas appliances to your home gas supply. Using gas to fuel appliances, like a portable gas bayonet heater, is generally more economical than resistance electric heating.

The male gas bayonet fitting is found on the end of the gas bayonet hose and plugs clockwise into the fixed female gas bayonet wall socket fitting, working to connect to the gas supply.

A gas bayonet fitting works by connecting the gas bayonet heater to the gas supply with a brass push-and-twist-to-lock gas heater bayonet connection. The female gas bayonet fitting is a gas bayonet wall socket that works to connect the gas bayonet heater to your external gas supply (gas bottles or gas meter), with the male gas bayonet hose that originates at the gas bayonet heater.

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3 Common Mistakes When Ordering LPG

No one likes to run out of LPG. 

Cold showers are very overrated!

There are 3 common mistakes to avoid to prevent running out of gas.

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Gas Appliance Certification & Labelling

Most of us have seen the certification labels on gas appliances but what do they mean and why are they important?
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What Size Gas Heater Do I Need?

The size gas heater you need for a small room (29m³ - 42m³) has a heat output of 2.9 – 4.2kW. A medium room (42m³ – 66m³) needs a gas heater size with 4.3 – 6.6kW. Large rooms (66m³ - 82m³) need a gas heater size with a heat output of 6.7 to 8.2kW.

Do not go by MJ ratings, as heat output can vary greatly based on gas heater efficiency. Using kW is the net heat output that you are looking for.

These gas heater sizes are all approximations and your situation may be different based on climate, insulation, ceiling height, the number of fenestrations, window coverings, drafts, floor coverings and sub-flooring. Rinnai has a very good gas heater sizing calculator that takes many of these variables into consideration.

It is important to get the right size gas heater for your home. 

You want to select the ‘Goldilocks’ heater that is just right for your gas heating needs.

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Gas Bottle Storage - Gas Cylinder Storage - LPG Gas Bottle Storage Regulations - LPG Gas Cylinder Storage Rules - LPG Storage Requirements

Gas bottle storage regulations and LPG gas cylinder storage rules (LPG storage requirements) are primarily safety related and should be observed at all times. Indoor storage should be avoided whenever possible and limits apply. Gas bottle must always be stored upright, in a well ventilated area and away from any ignition sources.

We are frequently asked if LPG gas bottle storage regulations (LPG gas cylinder storage rules) permit indoor gas cylinder storage (propane gas storage) and, if so, how much? We'll review the LPG gas bottle storage regulations,  LPG gas cylinder storage rules and the Australian Standards to help answer any questions…

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LPG (Propane) Gas Supply Chain

There are a number of steps to the LPG - Propane - supply chain.

But first, a summary of the supply chain, what is LPG and what is it used for?

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Star Ratings for Gas Hot Water Heater Systems

Gas hot water heater systems in Australia are all tested and labelled for energy efficiency Star Ratings.

Understanding what they mean can save you money!

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Gas Heater Efficiency Comparison - Energy Star Ratings - Gas Energy Rating: Gas Heaters & Fireplaces

The gas energy rating of gas appliances is signified using a star rating scheme. However, the energy efficiency can be affected installation location, usage, climate, ambient air and water temperature, humidity, number of sunny days, insulation, windows and other factors.

It basically compares gas heater efficiency or wall furnace efficiency by the amount of raw energy input consumed by the gas heater in comparison to the heat energy output provided.

When doing a gas heater efficiency comparison, Star Ratings for unflued gas heaters are from 5.8 to 5.9 Stars, meaning that they have about 90% gas heater efficiency. Flued heater have 1.0 to 4.8 Stars and 61% to 84% gas heater efficiency. So, you could save as much as 32% of the cost of heating by choosing unflued gas heaters compared with some flued gas heaters.

For a gas heater efficiency (gas energy rating) comparison, including gas fireplace and wall furnace efficiency, we rely on Star Ratings.  Initially the energy efficiency labeling scheme for gas heaters, both flued and portable gas heaters, was started as an industry gas energy rating program, run by the Australia Gas Association (AGA).

Star ratings provide a relative gas heater efficiency comparison based on tested and labeling, a gas energy rating which is required for all gas heating units, including wall furnace efficiency. Understanding Star Ratings, and the gas heater efficiency comparison behind them, can save you lots of money…

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Unflued Gas Heaters Banned in Victoria - Gas Heater Regulations VIC

When an unflued gas heater is used to heat a room in Victoria’s cold weather, the level of combustion gases may exceed safe levels. Other indoor gas appliances also produce combustion gases.

Special Note for Victoria Residents Only

Victorians cans still buy both portable unflued gas heaters and flued gas heaters.

There are just some simple rules you need to follow…

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