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Can You Use a 9kg Gas Bottle Instead of a 45kg?

Often asked: “Can I use a small gas cylinder or bottle instead of a bigger one?”

Another common question is on the use of a 9kg gas bottle instead of a 45kg.

Yet other queries relates to using a 2kg, or other small gas bottle, instead of a 9kg on a standard size BBQ.

Let’s look at the potential issues of downsizing the gas bottle…

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LPG Gas Pipe Safety Alert – Open-Ended Gas Pipes

It is both dangerous and illegal to leave a gas pipe open and un-capped or incorrectly capped.

This applies to all gas installations, including houses, caravans, boats, commercial buildings, warehouses and factories.

All gas pipes must be either connected to an appliance or securely capped.

This prevents any accidental or malicious gas leaks.

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Which Gas is used in Home Gas Cylinders?

Do home gas cylinders contain LPG, CNG or maybe even Biogas?

There are three major factors that affect the type of gas used in home gas cylinders:

  • The gas supply situation in your area or country

  • The economics of the various options

  • The ambient temperature expected from seasonal weather patterns in your area

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Never Use a Gas Stove or Oven as a Heater

Gas stoves and ovens are for cooking only.

They are not designed or intended for use as space heaters.

Improper use can be dangerous or even fatal…

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LPG (propane) Gas Conversions: Gas in kg, Litres, MJ, kWh & m³

Also Propane Gas Conversion in Pounds, Gallons, BTU, Therms & ft³

We are frequently asked about the various LPG (propane) gas conversion values.  The first table shown below covers most of the common units of measure and gas bottle-cylinder sizes for Australia, including kg, litres, MJ, kWh & m³ (e.g. LPG gas conversion of kg to litres is 1kg = 1.96L).

People ask the questions in many ways and the simplest way to answer most of them is with an LPG Gas Conversion Table (or two). 
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Complete & Incomplete Propane Combustion - Propane Equation & Formula

Proper combustion of LPG – propane – is important. Complete LPG combustion saves you money on gas.

The propane equation for combustion involves propane and oxygen as fuel input, and carbon dioxide, water, heat and possible carbon monoxide as the outputs.

Incomplete combustion produces carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas.

Find out what you need to do…

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LPG Engines - How Does an LPG Engine Work?

How an LPG works in an engine is fundamentally the same as a petrol powered internal combustion engine. The engine block, pistons, spark plugs, ignition system, lubrication system and electricals on LPG work the same.

The two main differences in how LPG works are the fuel itself and the fuel storage and intake systems.

With an octane rating of over 100, LPG works with virtually any petrol engine.

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ACCC Recall - Campmaster CM1950S Butane Heater

12 October 2017

The ACCC has announced the recall of Campmaster CM1950S Butane Heater effective immediately.

You can download the official recall notice.

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Hot Water Tempering Valve - Hot Water Tank Mixing Valve for Hot Water Heaters

Scalding is one of the most serious, painful and long-term injuries for young children. 

Scalding can happen very quickly, depending on the temperature of the water. 

Scalding Hazard

However, at 50°C a serious burn wouldn’t typically happen until after 5 minutes, so you can see the benefit of controlling the temperature of the hot water at the tap.
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What is LPG Used For? LPG Applications

What is LPG used for?  LPG applications - cooking

LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas – is a gaseous flammable hydrocarbon fuel used for cooking, heating, hot water and vehicle fuel. LPG (propane) is also used for fuel in many commercial and agricultural heat applications.

LPG is used for hundreds, if not thousands, of applications including being employed as a propellant, refrigerant, and petrochemical feedstock.

And there are many more ways to use LPG…

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