LPG remains a popular fuel choice for range cookers, as about 4 million households in the UK currently do not have mains gas.
In this guide we answer eight frequently asked questions about LPG range cookers to help you decide if it's the fuel choice for you.
1. Why do gas burners need different jets for LPG?
The jets transport the gas to the burner on the hob. Because LPG gas is supplied at a higher pressure than natural gas, it requires different jets. This is why our gas range cooker hobs need converting for use with LPG.
2. What is the difference between bottled and mains gas?
LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas, and it has a higher heating (or calorific) value than the natural gas you would access through the mains. It is also more portable, making it convenient for houses not connected to mains gas.
3. What is the difference between the red and blue gas cylinders?
- Red LPG cylinders are filled with propane gas
- Blue LPG cylinders are filled with butane
For cooking you need propane gas, which has a lower boiling point than butane. Never connect a blue cylinder to your cooking appliance.
4. And what is the difference between Calor gas and LPG?
There is no difference between Calor and LPG. Calor gas is a brand name, and the bottled gas supplied by Calor gas is LPG. Calor is perhaps the best known supplier of LPG, which is why a lot of people ask us for a 'Calor gas cooker'.
5. Who can install an LPG range cooker?
Any installer who has a Gas Safe® registration (and has a relevant certificate to work on LPG) can install an LPG range cooker. They will ensure the appliance is installed safely and legally.
6. Can all range cookers be adapted to LPG?
It depends on the manufacturer. All Britannia range cookers come with LPG jets and can be adapted for use with LPG. If your retailer orders an LPG range cooker from us, then we will convert it before the range cooker is delivered to you, or it can be converted on site by a gas safe engineer.
7. How long will an LPG cylinder last?
This will depend on your cooking style, and how often you cook. If you have a dual fuel range cooker (with electric ovens and a gas hob), then a standard 47kg bottle will last between 3 and 6 months.
8. Is the use of bottled gas safe?
Using propane gas is perfectly safe if you follow the guidelines provided by Calor gas. Moreover, all Britannia gas burners are fitted with Flame Failure Devices for added safety. If the flame is accidentally extinguished, then the gas supply will be cut off.
Of course, Britannia range cookers are also available with an electric induction hob – but many feel a gas or LPG hob is the perfect finishing touch for that traditional range cooker look.
For more information or to see our range cookers for yourself, visit a local dealer.