Liquefied petroleum gas, more commonly known as LPG, is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases. LPG is widely used as fuel for home heating and with cooking, and is even useful as a vehicle fuel. Liquefied petroleum gas is actually very popular with homes off the centralised grid, particularly in rural Queensland where a power outage or lack of supply can have disastrous consequences. Many residents of Queensland’s more remote regions use LPG as a cost effective means of heating their homes and water supply and cooking their food. Because LPG is such a versatile, cost-effective fuel source with fewer adverse environmental effects than coal or other similar fossil fuel derivatives, it’s extremely popular around the world, and is particularly sought after in its portable form.
Liquefied petroleum gas in Queensland, Australia – LPG in QLD, if you will – is commercially available in a variety of canisters, which are all made of durable metal to protect the volatile fuel contained within. When you’re purchasing LPG in volume, you want to make sure you’re selecting the right canister and the right amount of LPG for your needs. You probably won’t need a massive industrial-grade bulk tank – the sort of thing you might see at a petrol station – for your camping trip to power your LPG stove, nor would you need such a large supply of LPG for heating your home. Your liquefied petroleum gas supplier ought to provide you with a range of different canisters, with different volumes of LPG available, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
One canister type that contains LPG but may not be referred to as LPG is autogas, which is the term used to describe liquefied petroleum gas when it’s utilised for vehicle fuel, or for internal combustion engines. Vehicles that use autogas actually consume far less fuel than those powered by petrol, making LPG a cost effective source of power for your vehicle. LPG also burns far more cleanly, with minimal corrosive smoke or exhaust, than petrol or fuel-oil, with none of the tiny abrasive particles that make ordinary car exhaust so difficult to breathe around.
When climate scientists established the link between the chlorofluorocarbons used in refrigeration and aerosol propellant and the hole in the ozone layer, manufacturers were quick to search for an alternative. Liquefied petroleum gas offered such an alternative, and today it is widely used for off-the-grid applications in both of these arenas. LPG’s capacity to deteriorate the ozone layer is negligible, and accordingly has been implemented around the world as an alternative to conventional chlorofluorocarbon-powered refrigeration units.
Since LPG is flammable, do not use it for motor vehicle air conditioning systems, which feature a number of hazards that could potentially ignite the gas, causing a disastrous explosion. LPG is generally not used in vehicle air conditioning for this reason, as its use in systems designed for non-flammable materials is a risk that many are not willing to take. However, LPG is entirely safe to use as fuel for a motor vehicle engine, which is shielded and designed to accommodate a flammable substance.
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