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LPG heating and heaters

19 Apr, 2024 | Residential LPG Blogs

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LPG heating and heaters for your home - different types, how to opt for the right one, safety, maintenance and other best practices
Portable LPG heater

Gas Heater & Gas Heating

Portable Gas Heaters, Flued Gas Heaters, LPG Gas Heaters, Rinnai Gas Heater for Sale

Get natural gas heaters for sale and LPG gas heaters for sale including Rinnai gas heaters, portable LPG heaters, flued gas heaters, gas wall furnace heaters and Paloma gas heaters for sale. Featuring Everdure, Braemar, Paloma and Rinnai gas heater.
Great natural gas heating and LPG gas heater prices, too.

Gas Heater

A gas heater is a gas fuelled appliance used for indoor space heating or outdoor area heating. Gas heater fuel gases include natural gas (including mains gas, CNG and LNG) or LPG (propane, butane or a mixture of the two). Gas heater venting come in two types: flued gas heaters (vented) and unflued gas heaters (unvented). Gas heater methodology includes radiant heat, conductive heat and convection heat.

Gas Heating

Gas heating is the provision of heat using some form of gas heater. Gas heating is fuelled by either natural gas or bottled gas. Gas heating is typically done indoors, although outdoor gas heating does exist.

LPG Heating Gases

LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas – heating fuel gases supplied can be propane, butane or propane-butane blends. In Australia, LPG is just propane for propane gas heating systems.

Natural Gas Heating & LPG Gas Heating Systems

LPG or natural gas heating can deliver a warm and comfortable home without an uncomfortable energy bill. Gas heaters are fuel efficient, economical, and durable, as well as the perfect way to stay snug and warm during the cold winter months.

Gas heating is the heating of a room or outdoor area using a gas space heater fuelled by natural gas, LPG (propane or butane) or biogas. Indoor gas heater types include unflued portable gas heaters, flued gas heaters, radiant gas heaters, convector gas heaters, radiant-convectors, and gas fireplaces.

Gas heating is an energy efficient way to heat your home. Fast heating and real warmth are the hallmarks of gas heating. Gas heating works well in large spaces so there’s no better way to provide cozy warmth to every corner of your home than with gas heating. Natural gas heating and LPG gas heaters for sale both provide all of the features and benefits of gas heating.

Gas heating sub-types for sale include radiant LPG portable gas heaters, convectors, radiant-convectors, flued radiant, freestanding fireplaces, fireplace inserts, inbuilt fireplace gas heaters and LPG flued gas heaters for the home.

With a wide range of gas heating appliances to choose from, there is a LPG gas heaters for sale that is just right for your home.


Difference Between LPG and Natural Gas Heaters

The difference between LPG and natural gas heaters is primarily the gas required. Natural gas heaters also have a larger gas jet size, as natural gas requires a 10:1 air to gas ratio vs LPG at 25:1.

Natural gas and LPG appliances also operate at different pressures, with natural gas pressure at 1.1 kPa and LPG at 2.75 kPa, respectively.

Finally, LPG has a higher energy content than natural gas, with 93.2MJ/m³ vs 38.7MJ/m³.

Rinnai Gas Heater

We offer both flued gas heaters (vented) and portable gas heaters (unvented) from Rinnai. All Rinnai heaters are carefully designed for energy efficiency and adaptable home heating. Rinnai heater come in various types including fan forced convectors, spot heating radiant, radiant convector combinations and a combination of radiant with convection heat. Rinnai heater models include the best-selling Rinnai Avenger 25 and Rinnai Enduro 13, to keep you warm and cosy.

A Rinnai gas heater will keep you warm and cosy this winter. Rinnai gas heaters provides warmth to your home and contemporary styling, with both flued gas heaters for the home and portable unflued gas heaters models. There is a Rinnai gas heater for all size rooms, with both natural gas heating and LPG gas heaters for sale. The best selling Rinnai Avenger 25 LPG gas heater and the Rinnai Energy Saver LPG gas heaters for sale are part of a high quality range of energy efficient Rinnai gas heaters.

Available in natural gas and LPG bottled gas models


LPG Gas Heaters

LPG gas heaters for sale are grouped by heating methodology, venting, heat output. LPG gas heaters for sale include portable LPG gas heaters, flued LPG gas heaters, unflued LPG gas heaters, LPG gas log heaters and the entire Rinnai LPG gas heater range. See more choices in LPG gas heaters below:

♦ LPG Gas Heaters for sale- Portable Convectors (portable LPG gas heaters): gas bayonet style portable unflued LPG gas heaters using a fan to distribute the heated air around the room with a LPG gas heaters bayonet fitting connection.

♦ LPG Gas Heaters for sale- Portable Radiant Convectors: gas bayonet style portable unflued LPG gas heaters using radiant heat panel and distributes the heated air around the room with a fan

♦ LPG Gas Heaters for sale- Power Flued LPG Gas Heaters: Flued LPG gas heaters with one fan driving combustion gases out of the flue and the other fan to distribute the heated air around the room

♦ LPG Gas Heaters for sale- Console or Inbuilt LPG Flued Gas Heaters: Fixed flued LPG gas heaters for the home with a fan to distribute the heated air around the room

♦ LPG Gas Heaters for sale- LPG Gas fire heaters, LPG Gas Log Heaters, LPG Gas Fireplaces: Decorative flued LPG gas heaters. Some are power flued LPG gas heaters and almost all use a fan to distribute the heated air around the room

LPG gas heaters for sale are energy efficient and a great way to heat your home. LPG gas heating is fast and provides real warmth. LPG gas heaters are well suited for large spaces and provide cozy warmth to every corner of your home.

Virtually all LPG gas heater are made in both natural gas heating and LPG gas heaters for sale. LPG gas heaters offer all of the same features and benefits.

So, even if you don’t currently have gas, you can add the cozy warmth of an LPG gas heater to your home.


LPG Gas Heaters are Easy to Install

LPG gas heaters for sale are easy to install. A gas fitter can install one in just a few hours at a very modest cost.

With LPG portable gas heaters you only need to install a bayonet fitting in your wall or floor and then just plug the LPG unflued gas heater in. LPG flued gas heaters for the home take a bit longer because of the need to install the flue.


LPG Heating Gases

Gas heating with a Rinnai gas heater, Paloma gas heater, LPG & natural gas heaters for sale are the best way to provide real cozy warmth for your home. The LPG heating gases are propane and butane. They are commonly used for generating heat for home heating, hot water, cooking and commercial applications, including boilers. Isobutane is the other common LPG gas but is not typically used for heating.


Types of Gas Heaters – Portable LPG Gas Heaters, Flued LPG Gas Heaters & Unflued LPG Gas Heaters

LPG Gas Heater Brands: Rinnai LPG gas heater, Paloma LPG gas heater, Everdure LPG gas heater and Braemar LPG gas heaters for sale

Types of LPG Gas Heaters – Summary

♦ LPG gas heaters for sale and natural gas heaters for sale

♦ Portable Convector LPG gas heaters circulate fan forced heat

♦ LPG unflued gas heaters are portable gas heaters

♦ LPG Gas bayonet heaters

♦ Radiant LPG gas heaters provide house warmth from infrared tiles

♦ Radiant convector LPG gas heaters warm with a fan and tiles

♦ LPH flued gas heaters for the home with console and inbuilt models for the home

♦ Power flued LPG gas heaters convector models for home with zero emissions

♦ LPG Gas Wall Furnace Heaters to replace existing wall heaters

LPG Gas Heaters: Features & Benefits

♦ LPG gas heaters are the same as the natural gas heating models available

♦ LPG gas heaters have Energy Star Ratings as high as 5.8 stars

♦ Natural gas and LPG gas heaters up to 30Mj

♦ VIC Compliant Models

♦ Choice of colours

♦ Find out what size natural gas or LPG gas heaters to pick with Gas Heater Sizing Facts (see below)

♦ Gas heater repair

Learn how: Connecting & Disconnecting Gas Bayonet Fittings

Please see the in-depth LPG Gas Heater Reviews by Type

Compare Indoor Home LPG Gas Heater Prices

Now you can compare LPG gas heater prices for all the major brands of indoor home LPG gas heaters for sale including Rinnai gas heater range:
Everdure, Paloma, Braemar, Cannon and Rinnai LPG gas heater
Click on your category of interest to compare prices:

LPG Portable Unflued Gas Heaters Sale Prices

LPG Flued Gas Heaters Sale Prices
LPG Gas Fireplace and LPG Gas Log Fire Heater Sale Prices

What Size LPG Gas Heaters Do I Need for My Home?

It is important to get the right size LPG gas heaters for your home. You want to select the ‘Goldilocks’ LPG gas heaters for sale that is just right for your needs.

What to Consider

If you buy too small a home LPG gas heater, it will not be able to adequately heat the intended area. Selecting an LPG gas heater for sale that is too large will cost you extra money and oversizing can be unsafe.

A number of things need to be considered when determining your home LPG gas heater sizing:

♦ The volume of the area to be heated including consideration of ceiling height.

♦ The climate zone that you live in.

♦ The physical features of your home including wall & ceiling insulation, window coverings and carpeting.

♦ The kW output of the LPG gas heater, not to be confused with the gas Mj input.


Heating Area Volume & Climate Zone

The required kW output required is primarily dependent upon the area to be heated and the climate zone in which you live. It is important that you pick the LPG gas heater for sale that has the required output.

(Please see climate zone map at bottom of page)

The following rough guide assumes your ceilings are no higher than 2.4M:

Very Cold Zone: 1kW output required for each 8.5m²

Cold Zone: 1 kW output required for each 10m²

Cool Zone: 1kW output required for each 13 m²

Mild Zone: 1kW output required for each 16m²

Adjustment Factors

The indicated heating areas would be adjusted down by 5% for each of the following conditions: house built on pillars (non-slab), no carpets on floors, no drapes on windows or a ceiling height exceeding 2.4m. You must select a LPG gas heater for sale that has the required adjusted output.

Deduct an additional 10% if the area does not have ceiling insulation.

Please note that this is only a guide and individual home designs and situations may vary.

Home LPG Gas Heater Sizing Example #1:

You live in the Cold Zone and you want to heat an area 5m X 10m, which equals 50m².

Because 1kW will heat 10m², you should need a LPG gas heater with a 5kW output.

Home LPG Gas Heater Sizing Example #2:

Same as the previous example but in this case your ceilings are over 2.4m and you have wood flooring instead of carpeting.

You would need to deduct 5% for each of these two items.

So, instead of 1 kW heating 10m², it would heat 9m² (10% total reduction).

This means you would need a LPG gas heater with 5.6 kW of output (50 ÷ 9).

Use kW not MJ

Megajoules per Hour (MJ/hr) ratings on appliances actually indicate the gas consumption of the appliance, not the LPG gas heaters output. Many LPG gas heaters for sale are advertised using MJ ratings. You need to enquire as to the kW heat output rating.

It is often expressed as just MJ.

Kilowatt (kW) is how LPG gas heaters output is measured.

Energy Efficiency Matters – Star Ratings

So, remember to use kW as a comparison and not MJ. The efficiency of a LPG gas heaters for sale, in converting gas energy to heat, is a key factor.

For example, 25MJ LPG gas heaters with a 5.8 Star rating have an output of 6.2kW.

25MJ LPG gas heaters with a 2.8 Star rating only has an output of 5.0kW.

As a result, in a Cold Zone climate, they would heat 62m² and 50m², respectively.

This means that the 5.8 Star LPG gas heaters will heat an area 24% larger while using the same amount of gas.

Please refer to the manufacturers’ specifications to determine the exact kW output for each LPG gas heater you are considering.

Minimum Room Sizing for LPG Gas Heaters

Some States specifiy the minimum room sizing (volume of room in M³) and minimum ventilation requirements for unflued gas heaters. Minimum room sizing also varies for LPG gas heaters for sale between thermostatically controlled and manually controlled heaters.

Portable gas heaters should not be used in bedrooms, bathrooms or hallways.

All installations must comply with Australian Standard AS5601 – Gas Installations.

Your gas fitter will be able to guide you on many of these points.

Manufacturer Sizing Charts

To make it even easier, most manufacturers have sizing charts, for their LPG gas heaters, based on climate zone maps.

Take the time to measure the area you wish to heat and use these charts and maps to get the correctly sized LPG gas heater.

It is always wise to follow the manufacturers’ advice.

Source: Rinnai

How long will a gas bottle last using a home LPG gas heater?

That depends on the gas consumption rating of the LPG gas heater being used and the size of your home. Heater gas consumption is expressed in mega joules or MJ of energy.

One litre of LPG has approximately 25MJ of energy content. A 45kg gas bottle contains just a bit more than 88 litres or approximately 2200MJ of energy.


Rinnai Dynamo 15 Portable LPG Gas Heater

Simple plug-in bayonet

Rinnai Ultima Flued LPG Gas Heater


Rinnai Energysaver Power Flued LPG Gas Heater

Available features include thermostats, programmable timers, remote controls, multi-speed fans and electronic ignition. Safety features may include tilt switches, oxygen depletion sensors, flame failure safety system, dress guards and child locks.

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