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LPG Information & Advice

general gas info & safety advice

general information and safety advice on lpg

What is LPG

What is LPG?

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is the generic name for commercial propane and butane. They are by-products of the refining of oil and natural gas with approximately 40% of all LPG coming from the refining of crude oil and 60% from the separation of gas products. It can be stored in gas cylinders/gas bottles or in bulk storage containers either above or below the ground. The pressurised cylinders are supplied up to about 80% full to allow for thermal expansion.

Butane and propane gas for camping

Butane Gas

Butane which is an alkane is used for cooking and camping. It's also used in lighters and mini torches. It's great for making beads and melting small items for crafts. Alkanes are saturated hydrocarbons. Usually, Butane is a flammable gas, it burns very well. Butanes are highly flammable, colourless and easily liquefied gases.

Butane and propane gas for camping

Propane Gas

Propane is a three-carbon alkane, normally a gas, but compressible to a transportable liquid. A by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining, it is commonly used as a fuel for engines, oxy-gas torches, barbecues, portable stoves, and residential central heating.

So why LPG?

For businesses and homes around the UK LPG is a solution to all your outdoor cooking, lighting, heating and vehicle needs LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. It is used worldwide for business and personal consumer use. It has many uses from heating buildings, welding, and lighting to cooking and running vehicles. There are several large gas suppliers in the UK who provide a national service to their stockists and customers, and there are also individual brand suppliers who supply locally or regionally around the UK. Choosing to use LPG gas has many benefits to the environment whether for cooking, heating or motoring. We have provided you with a complete guide to LPG gas, its uses, benefits and costs as well as lots of other information. You can find your nearest stockist by clicking on the 'Find a Stockist' button above which will provide you with more information as required.

Gas in the Environment

LPG and the environment

It’s our responsibility to care for our planet and ensure our future well-being. Using LPG is seen by many people as the environmentally friendly option because unlike some fuels (oil and coal mainly), it releases less CO2 per unit thus being a friendlier option for the environment.

Gas Safety

Safety when using gas cylinders

LPG is a highly flammable fuel and safety should be taken into consideration at all times when using the fuel. Carbon monoxide is a by-product created when burning butane or propane. As a first precaution you should only use it in well ventilated areas. Storing your cylinder or cartridges safety is also important to ensure not only your safety but the safety of others around you and the area stored.

gas specific uses

Specific info and insights for the different types of gas uses

Camping Gas

Butane and propane gas for camping Camping gas is mainly provided in a cylinder, bottle or cartridge and is used when you are camping, caravanning, in a motorhome or simply cooking, lighting or heating outdoors. There are many shapes and sizes of camping gas which fit into different types of cookers, heaters and lights.

Gas used for cooking & heating

Gas stoves and bbqs for cooking Propane and butane gas are both used for cooking and heating. Campers generally use small LPG cylinders or cartridges to heat gas stoves. Gas barbecues are very popular and have many benefits when you are cooking outdoors. LPG is used for both cooking and heating as an alternative to oil for homes with no mains supply. It is also used commercially for heating large buildings and warehouses.

domestic lpg

general info on domestic bulk gas supply as home

Bulk LPG Gas

No matter where you live, LPG is an effective alternative for heating your home, hot water, real flame fires, cooking and even running your vehicle! Liquefied Petroleum Gas (propane and butane) comes from the same family of fuels as oil, petrol, and mains gas (methane).
It exists as a gas under normal atmospheric pressure and becomes a liquid at very low temperatures and under pressure. This means it can be conveniently stored as a liquid in a pressurised steel cylinder or tank.

Bulk LPG above ground lpg installation

LPG Tank above ground

Opting for an above ground tank offers easier access to the LPG tank for our delivery tanker and can be a more suitable option when space is at a premium. A fire wall can also be installed to protect the tank from thermal radiation from any nearby fires. An above ground tank should also be screened by either brick, stone, metal panels or non-flammable wooden fencing. This will unimpede ventilation, reduce weeds and prevent obstruction. An adequately-sized concrete base is also needed to support the weight of LPG bulk tank and its gas content.

Bulk LPG underground installation

lpg tank below ground

You’ll want to make the most of the outdoors, but you may not want a tank to become a focal point in your outdoor area. Our underground LPG tank can bury or cover a tank with earth mound so you can carry on enjoying your garden, safe in the knowledge that your fuel supply is working efficiently. The only thing that will be visible in your garden is a handy green cover that provides access to the valve assembly - and the area will be clearly marked with pegs for easy identification.

lpg for business

lpg uses from heating to fuling cars for business

LPG for Business

There are a number of different fuel options for fork lift trucks and each has its own properties that can be more or less desirable depending on the type of work that is required. LPG has many advantages when used in gas powered fork lift trucks but the most notable is the reduced emission level. Reduced emissions and clean burning means Liquefied Petroleum Gas powered fork lift trucks can be used in the food industry. We’ve compared LPG with diesel and electric, other popular fuel types for forklift trucks on the page ‘LPG is the Clear Choice’ which explains why LPG is superior to other fuel types when they’re compared.

Autogas for your business

It has all the same properties as LPG used for domestic heating and commercial uses, but when used in vehicles will deliver an impressive performance level whilst offering significant savings on petrol engines.

Commercial heating

lpg tank below ground

LPG is the cleanest off-mains fossil fuel and because it is more cost effective than mains gas it makes a perfect solution to commercial heating. Its energy efficiency for heating provides not only economic advantages but environmental benefits over similar fuels used to heat commercial buildings.

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