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Post by beenthere » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:14 am

We have one of of those at our place and I was looking for a gauge to determine when we would need to order a refill. Didn't see one - how long does a cylinder last for "normal" usage for a family of three? I know, one's mileage would vary but perhaps I can extrapolate from other people's experience.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:42 am

Really doesn't matter too much. Also, user mileage will vary depending on how much you cook at home vrs eating out. Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much unless you tend to cook after 8pm at night. Most companies will deliver with 20~30 minutes of your call.

I normally get 3 to 4 weeks from a tank but that depend on how many pots the old crone burns up when we aren't home! :x
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Post by durain » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 8:12 pm

not very accurate but hit the cylinder with a metal object and listen if it is empty, or lift it up and shake it a bit or weight it when it is full and empty to get a rough idea. i am on piped gas now, so no worries otherwise i might get a sonar gun to check the level of gas inside :P.

but like sms said, they are pretty pronto with the delivery. just keep 2 suppliers number handy in the kitchen in case one goes awol!

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 8:03 am

Different suppliers do have different connectors and regulators so once you pick one you'll probably keep on with them.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 8:51 am

Usually after a couple of bottles, they will give you a discount of a couple of dollars a tank as well. If they don't, find a new supplier as all the ones I've used have done so.
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Post by nakatago » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 9:16 am

used to use tanks back home. we had two tanks; one as a spare when the other gets used up. that way, we'd have some leeway when gas runs out, especially during times when delivery is not possible.
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Post by beenthere » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:29 pm

Thanks. I might try what I used to do with my propane tank for grilling back home. Get some warm water and pour it over the tank - then move your hand over the surface until you get to the point where there is a distinct temp difference - it's warm where there is no liquefied gas but is cold where there is. Of course - haven't quite figured out how to do this without getting water all over. I will think about this when I have idle time on my hands.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 2:37 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Different suppliers do have different connectors and regulators so once you pick one you'll probably keep on with them.
To be specific, Mobile and Esso gas bottles use different connectors.

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Post by revhappy » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 1:55 pm

We are moving over to a new place and the new place has City gas pipeline. Our current place didnt have and we were using cylinders, and we were very comfortable with it.

I ve heard stories about exhorbitant billing/leakage problems involved with pipeline gas. So I was wondering whether I should not take up the city gas subscription at the new place and just continue with the cynlinder thing.

Please advise!

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Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 5:04 pm

revhappy wrote:We are moving over to a new place and the new place has City gas pipeline. Our current place didnt have and we were using cylinders, and we were very comfortable with it.

I ve heard stories about exhorbitant billing/leakage problems involved with pipeline gas. So I was wondering whether I should not take up the city gas subscription at the new place and just continue with the cynlinder thing.

Please advise!

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Are you talking for a stove or BBQ pit? Different burners are required to burn city gas - natural gas, mostly methane, versus bottle gas - LPG, aka propane. If you could change out a BBQ it would probably cost too much to do, and many BBQ's cannot be changed out.

My last house had city gas... only for the stove... no issues. I prefer natural gas over propane because it has a higher heat content and boils water, etc faster than a propane flame.

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Post by revhappy » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 12:26 am

Thanks SE, It was for the stove in our house. I guess I will just take up the city gas connection and see how the billing is.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 5:19 am

I think using of LPG gas cylinder on stove per month compare to piped in from PUB is far cheaper . Moreover for LPG gas you can get 12.5 kg or 15 kg ones. I used to buy the 15 kg ones as it will last the distance.
If you are using piped gasline, you still have to pay the monthly fees apart from the usage charges.
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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 9:43 am

City gas can also be considered safer. Methane is lighter than air and if a leak were to develop, the methane tends to dissipate. Propane is heavier than air and will tend to sink to the ground.

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 1:22 pm

revhappy wrote:Thanks SE, It was for the stove in our house. I guess I will just take up the city gas connection and see how the billing is.
fyi, our pub->gas bill is about 10ish SGD a month for a household of five adults with regular cooks.
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Post by revhappy » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 8:35 pm

Thanks everyone. We are a couple and cook only at night so in our case the bill should be less than 8$ I guess? In which case its ok. The safety part of it is the plus. A gas cylinder that costs 27$ lasts for about 4 months for us. We got stuck in the night twice with empty cylinder and had to wait until next morning.

So City gas seems to be worth it, lets see how the billing goes.

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