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Posted by foureyes-10044529 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by AQ-417490 - 3 years ago

It's always best to have two cylinders, one in use and one spare, so that you can change it over in the middle of cooking the Sunday roast, if necessary.

There are two kinds of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) - propane and butane. My understanding is that if the cylinder is in the house (kitchen), it should be butane, but if the cylinder is in the garage,say, and connected by the flexible pie through the wall to the kitchen, then you can use either propane or butane. Be aware though that the pressure regulator that screws on to the cylinder (hand tight only) is different for propane and butane.

You also need to be aware that if you purchase a brand new gas hob, it comes with two sets of tiny brass jets - one set is for natural gas (where available in France), the other for LPG. Ours was fitted with the natural gas jets and I had to change them over to the LPG jets - a bit fiddly as they are recessed well below the head of the burners and need a very small box spanner or socket to get at them.

The flexible rubber pipe for connecting the regulator to the hob needs to be changds periodically (they perish eventually and can leak), so they are date marked up to the date when they should be changed.

Whilst it all sounds fiddly, I must say that the control over cooking with gas for the hob, makes it worthwhile. The standard size cylinders you see at garages last for several months for hob use, but a bit less if you have a gas oven as well. LPG is dearer than natural gas, but not prohibitively so - similar to standard price electricity. 

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Posted by geegee42 - 3 years ago

Yes you buy the first one full of gas,what you do is look at the offers find the best deal and go for that,sometimes you pay for the bottle and get first lot of gas free or buy two bottles get cost of one bottle free or they chuck in a regulator ,the price of gas does vary from company to company and also where you buy,we use the small cubes because they are easy to get in and out of the cupboard but the smaller containers are less cost effective,you can also look around for second hand empties .