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What is LPG?

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a flammable mix of hydrocarbon gases like propane and butane. Sometimes referred to as LP, this gas dates back to early 1860, where it was used as a portable fuel source.

The production and consumption of LPG in both domestic and commercial settings has expanded in recent years due to the many uses for this gas. It can be created using a number of liquid mixtures of volatile hydrocarbons, such as propene, propane, butene, and butane.

LPG is noted as an efficient and reliable energy source that would be wasted if not captured. Bottle Gases have seen an increase in the amount of people now using LPG, which is an integral product of the UK’s off-grid energy mix.

In this blog, we’ll go into more detail about the uses and applications for LPG. We’ll also discuss how you can lower your carbon emissions by switching from oil to gas and outline the different types of LPG available.

What is LPG Used for?

Liquid petroleum gas is a versatile fuel and has thousands of applications. While it is prevalent across commercial industries like hospitality, motorhome parks and more rural uses such as within the farming sector. Interestingly, LPG is also widely used as forklift fuel and to power greener vehicles.

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The versatility of LPG makes it easy to use at home for heating appliances or cooking equipment and industrial environments like food processing or within the motor industry as a refrigerant and propellant. The gas can be purchased as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.

LPG is a popular choice for those who live off-grid or have no access to mains gas. Motorhome rental companies, glamping pods and food trucks are examples of businesses that regularly use LPG.

At Bottle Gases, we stock a wide range of Calor Gas & LPG Gas bottles in a variety of sizes. Whether you need a small amount of gas for personal home use or large canisters for business purposes, we can help. When you choose to shop with us, you can guarantee that each canister has been safety tested and checked so that you can purchase our products with confidence.

Different Types of LPG

There are different forms of LPG, including butane, propane and BioLPG. Each gas has individual properties, advantages and uses.

BioLPG is a co-product of the biodiesel production process and can also be produced from renewable feedstocks, like vegetable or plant waste material. BioLPG is growing in popularity because of its ability to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

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You can use propane gas and butane for cooking, patio heaters, and much more. These gases are very similar; however, the boiling temperature of propane is much lower (-42°C) than that of butane which is -2°C. The significance of this means that propane is more efficient in lower (especially outdoor) temperatures, making it suitable for all-year-round use. Butane produces more energy per cubic metre, though it will not flow when the temperate is too cold.

Find out more about ‘the uses for butane gas’ in our blog with information on the benefits and how it is used in portable stoves, cigarette lighters and as a propellant in aerosols.

LPG Supply, Saving Money and Lowering Emissions

LPG is a by-product of oil refining (34%) and natural gas and oil extraction (66%). This clean-burning fuel is a more environmentally conscious choice than oil and does not contain sulphur. When compared to oil, LPG has around a 20% lower carbon intensity, and for coal, it emits approximately 33% less CO2.

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LPG offers a low carbon solution to off-grid Britain. Another benefit of this gas is that it readily evaporates, so it poses no environmental risks in the event of spillages or leaks.

You can purchase our LPG in a variety of sizes, meaning that you can be sure to buy exactly what you need. Our LPG and Calor range includes portable bottles for camping or infrequent use or larger canisters that are suitable for businesses with extensive storage space.

By implementing LPG into your business, you can meet goals on emission reduction and boost your environmental initiatives.

Visit our ‘Frequently asked questions about gas’ blog to learn more about our gases, including how long should an LPG gas bottle last? And what are the precautions to be taken while using gas?

Here at Bottle Gases, our butane gas bottles and propane gas canisters are available in various sizes, allowing us to cater to your needs, whether you require a lot or a little.

We take the time to guarantee all of our gases are of the highest quality before delivery, making them efficient and suitable for any application required.

Speak to us directly by calling 01843 220 596 or by using our online enquiry form.