Gas cylinder safety

Jaime C

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Just heard that our former backyard neighbor (we moved 6 houses down the street) in our Bandung complex, had their green gas cylinder explode while using it, yesterday. The poor lady had burns over 60% of her body, and had been operated on. The pictures of the house look pretty dire.

I know I’ve heard of many problems with these smaller cylinders, especially places that tried to put the gas from these, into the non-subsidized bottles, resulting in huge explosions.
 

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Cylinders of flammable gas are no joke. Leakage often is from faulty or poorly installed pressure regulators.
 

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I hate using gas cannisters, but what we did was to drill a hole thru the kitchen wall to put the gas pipe through, I won't have them in the house.
The shower room at the back has a gas water heater and we made a similar set up for that too- the cannister is also outside.
My brother in law made a box to cover it & keep it out of direct sunlight & so far so good, not had any problems.
I'd suggest anyone who can do this do so, I am aware that not everyone has the options I have though.
 

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Good idea to put outside. Unlike natural gas, LPG is heavier than air. Make sure you put the cylinder in area with good air circulation, not in confined small space. If the cylinder leakage, the gas never reach it's LEL (lower explosive limit).

The other problem with green cylinder is very poor handling.due to its small size and larger number distribution, I have often seen people throw and catch this cylinder recklessly. Not properly arranged during transportation or storage.
This might damage the collar which protect the valve and increase the material fatigue.
Lack of regular inspection is also another issue.
 

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The other problem with green cylinder is very poor handling.due to its small size and larger number distribution, I have often seen people throw and catch this cylinder recklessly.
I have seen some absolutely terrifying loading and unloading of these; literally throwing them (full) into a pile on the side of the road, and similarly loading them (mostly empty) by literally throwing them up into a truck, landing on the others.
 

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There seems to be a bit of an issue with the red rubber seals as well. Several had to replace some on bottles coming from the store.

I always handle those things with extreme apprehension.
 

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Pretty happy that my building doesn’t allow gas, never liked those things.
 

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I hate using gas cannisters, but what we did was to drill a hole thru the kitchen wall to put the gas pipe through...
Same here; gas canisters are in a steel cage along the outside wall to the kitchen. We use the best regulators we can find and have a sack of new rubber washers, to replace any that exhibit the slightest deformity. So far, so good.
 

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Pretty happy that my building doesn’t allow gas, never liked those things.
I understand your perspective, but when I visit my parents' and use their electric range, it takes painfully long to warm up. I could be eating my scrambled eggs off the gas stove in just the time it takes to be ready to start cooking them on an electric one.
 

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I understand your perspective, but when I visit my parents' and use their electric range, it takes painfully long to warm up. I could be eating my scrambled eggs off the gas stove in just the time it takes to be ready to start cooking them on an electric one.
Induction is the way to go if you choose electric, and have the power.

It takes a short to get used to it, but once you get the grip of it you can cook nearly as "reactive" as with gas. Had them in my place in HKG, and they are great.
 

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I understand your perspective, but when I visit my parents' and use their electric range, it takes painfully long to warm up. I could be eating my scrambled eggs off the gas stove in just the time it takes to be ready to start cooking them on an electric one.
Never had any issues with my induction plates, as fast if not faster than cooking with gas.
 

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