In the first part of our Guide to Gas Storage, we gave a basic overview of the potential fire and security risks with bottled gas storage used for static caravans and mobile homes. However, for many first time caravan campers, the decision to use bottled gas can be slightly confusing and daunting, and if you cant decide which type of bottled gas is suitable for you, then read on to find out more.
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There are two types of gas used for caravanning in the U.K.: Butane and Propane.
Depending on your caravan gas storage arrangement and your own personal preferences, you can chose from a range of sizes of bottle too.
Most modern caravans have storage for two small or medium bottles in the storage compartment at the front of the caravan, having two bottles with you will often help ensure you never run out of gas, that is as long as you replace the empty one when you change onto the other. Although most appliances run equally well on either type of gas there are a few pros and cons for each.
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Colour Coded bottles
Propane, which is found in a red bottle, is often best if you use your caravan in the winter months because Butane; found in a blue bottle, tends to freeze below zero degrees Celsius. Propane is also slightly the better of the two if you use any appliance that requires a large supply or if you use more than one appliance at a time.
The technical information
Your gas cylinder is connected to the caravan via a black gas hose and a regulator, make sure these connections are secured with a small jubilee clip and are airtight. Each type of gas needs a different type of regulator. Butane containers use a regulator for 20mbars that screws onto the bottle, and the on/off valve is located on the bottle itself, make sure that the valve is turned off when swapping over the cylinders and that you use a spanner to tighten the connection between the cylinder and regulator.
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Propane on the other hand uses a universal regulator at 37mbars, this has the on/off valve on the regulator and this type clips onto the bottle. Usually you will find that the regulators are colour coded, you can also get many variations of regulator which can give you an indication of how much gas there is in the bottle or even ones that connect to two bottles and sense when one bottle runs out and automatically swaps over to the other full bottle. You should also ensure that the bottles are stored upright and secured. It is recommended to store all your full and empy gas bottles in a specially designed gas bottle storage unit, like the Asgas Unit for the safe and secure storage of propane or butane gas bottles.
The Asgas unit is ideal for Propane and Gas Bottle Storage for Caravan sites.
The Asgas Gas bottle storage unit has been selected as a Calor Choice product. All our gas units are built from thick, heavy gauge galvanized (weather proof) steel panels with a large, lockable single door access, the Asgas Gas Bottle Storage provides superb secure store for propane gas bottles.
For more information, refer to the Calor Gas website and this Caravanning Guide for Beginners before you plan your next Caravan Holiday!
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