Do You Know ?
- LPG is a colorless, odorless gas, which is highly inflammable. In order to detect releases of LPG from equipment and storage cylinders it has been given a distinctive odor.
- LPG’s volume is 274 times smaller when in a liquid state. One volume of liquid LPG will produce approximately 274 volumes of gas when vaporized.
- An LP Gas stove can be 8 times more efficient than a charcoal stove commonly found in urban households in many parts of the world.
- LPG is a fossil fuel that does not occur in isolation. LPG gas, liquefied through pressurisation and stored in gas cylinders, comes from natural gas processing and oil refining.
- LPG also helps to reduce Black Carbon (BC) emissions, which are the second biggest contributor to global warming and which can cause serious health problems.
- LPG burns readily in air and has a high-energy content making it an excellent fuel for heating, cooking and automotive use.
- LPG exists in two different forms, LPG liquid & vapour (gas). The storage pressure & temperature determines which kind you have.
- Liquid LPG is about half the weight of water and therefore floats on top of water
- LPG is heavier than air. It is therefore difficult to disperse and should never be used or stored below ground level as this could result in suffocation when released in a confined space.
- In Brazil, LP Gas is the energy of choice for 95% of Brazilian homes; 33 million cylinders are delivered per month, door to door.
- Empty’ cylinders are still dangerous because they are NOT empty. There is still a residual amount of gas inside an ‘empty’ cylinder which can ignite and produce an explosion.
LPG has a very wide variety of uses, mainly used for cylinders across many different markets as an efficient fuel container in the agricultural, recreation, hospitality, calefaction, construction, sailing and fishing sectors. It can serve as fuel for cooking, central heating and to water heating and is a particularly cost-effective and efficient way to heat off-grid homes.
LPG is used for cooking in many countries for economic reasons, for convenience or because it is the preferred fuel source.
LPG was once a standard cooking fuel in Hong Kong; however, the continued expansion of town gas to newer buildings has reduced LPG usage to less than 24% of residential units. However, other than electric, induction or infrared stove; LPG-fueled stove is the only type available in most suburban villages and many public housing estates.
LPG is the most common cooking fuel in Brazilian urban areas, being used in virtually all households, with the exception of the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which have a natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Poor families receive a government grant ("Vale Gás") used exclusively for the acquisition of LPG.
LPG is commonly used in North America for domestic cooking and outdoor grilling.