Do you know the composition of the gas you use to power your vehicle? Do you know what parameters it should meet? Do you refuel LPG only at stations supplied by a reliable supplier?

The parameters of LPG are defined in the standard for autogas – it contains all the guidelines for this type of fuel. The quality of the fuel is confirmed by a quality certificate issued by an accredited laboratory. Each delivery to a service station should be accompanied by the presentation of a dedicated certificate. The process of quality control and assurance is important at each stage of the distribution process – from the transhipment of imported gas at the terminal through the distribution by road tanker to the sale from the distributor at the station. It pays to use suppliers who have full control over this process – such as the direct importer and distributor of LPG TEZET.

A trustworthy supplier not only takes care of the gas quality at each stage of distribution but also offers LPG with much better parameters than those required by the norm, additionally adjusting the fuel to weather conditions – distinguishing between the summer and winter seasons.

You have the right to know what you are refuelling your car with – verify the quality of LPG at your station!

Are you aware of the parameters and quality of gas when ordering it to heat your home? Do you know that often cheaper propane-butane mixtures instead of pure propane are offered on the market, which are not as effective as pure propane in winter conditions? A seemingly cheaper purchase may ultimately turn out to be a more expensive solution.

For standard domestic heating systems you should use propane of certified quality. High-quality propane evaporates virtually completely from the system, so it is very efficient. The situation is different with heavier butane, which is more difficult to vaporise in more difficult weather conditions. Of course, there are special solutions for propane-butane systems, but the standard domestic system works best with propane.

It is advisable to use reliable propane suppliers who have confirmed quality certificates. The certificate should be issued for a specific batch of gas by an accredited laboratory. The propane content should exceed 90%. Ask your supplier about the certificate, and when choosing fuel for heating your home, do not be guided only by the lowest price – savings may be illusory.

The use of gas cylinders (the most common 11 kg ones) in households is well known. They are still widely used in many locations as a source of gas for cooking. Easy replacement, cleanliness and attractive price of cylinders are the advantages appreciated by numerous consumers in mainly non-urban areas.

The compact size of the 11 kg cylinder also makes it suitable for use in portable heating appliances. Such heat sources are currently used both indoors and outdoors.  Portable heaters, patio heaters and others – the range of devices is very wide, and their use is simple and effective.

Gas cylinders are widely used in industry, and this is reflected in the construction business. Portable sources of propane-butane gas are used, among others, with a variety of burners. Forklift trucks powered by gas cylinders are also very popular. The replaceability and availability of the cylinders allows the forklift truck to operate practically without long downtimes.

What if you have permanent access to the gas mains and do not need gas cylinders at home?

They will certainly come in handy on short or long trips! Camping trips has become very popular in recent times – mainly due to the threat of coronavirus. Small cylinders weighing 2 and 3 kg are used for hiking, hillwalking and small camping trips. Cylinders with a capacity of 11 kg are a permanent element of equipment in recreational vehicles, caravans, yachts and boats, as well as holiday cabins, mobile homes, etc. For your trip you should buy cylinders from a reliable source and of proven quality. Our safety and the safety of our loved ones is of utmost importance!

  1. As a fuel for powering vehicles.
    Millions of cars worldwide are powered by liquid gas. High octane number, lower CO2 emissions and, above all, significantly lower price than petrol and diesel – these are the main advantages of gas fuel. Also the variety of generations and types of LPG systems makes it possible to use LPG in virtually any type of engine, including diesel.
  2. As a fuel for forklift trucks, etc.
    The fuel is supplied in replaceable cylinders, which guarantees high mobility and ease of use. Cylinders are delivered at the place where forklift trucks operate and LPG propulsion enables continuous operation (no need to recharge) as well as low operating costs.
  3. LPG in industry.
    The propane-butane mixture is also widely used in the industrial sector. Gas cylinders are used for various works that require fuel (e.g. burners, portable heating) and, by using heating systems with a regulator, LPG is also used as a heating fuel for utility buildings, halls, warehouses, etc.
  4. LPG in households.
    The most commonly used are 11 kg cylinders that supply gas cookers. This solution is still very popular in locations without access to the gas mains. Domestic heating installations, usually fuelled with pure propane, are also very popular. It is also worth mentioning the versatile use of smaller gas cylinders (2-3 kg) as replaceable fuel for portable tourist equipment.

LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas, and it is a mixture of propane and butane, most often associated with automotive fuels.  It is a liquid fuel because in this form it is stored in tanks or cylinders under appropriate pressure. However, it is primarily used as a gas, that is in a volatile form.

LPG is obtained as a by-product of crude oil refining and from natural gas deposits, usually at the start of a new borehole.

Vehicles are fuelled with a standard mixture of propane and butane in proportions of approximately 50/50, but it is common to see a 60/40 mixture, and in winter it goes up to a 70/30 ratio in favour of propane. This is due to the characteristics of propane as a lighter gas that is less affected by low temperatures than butane, which in a way forces the use of more propane in winter. On the other hand, too high propane content is not recommended in summer, as high temperatures translate into expansion of the lighter gas and increased pressures, which may result, for example, in damage to the gas system. It is worth knowing that LPG at room temperature and normal pressure is a gas. However, it will liquefy at room temperature when the pressure is between 2.2 and 4 atmospheres. It is pumped into the cylinder at a pressure of 6 atm. For this reason, the cylinders in which it is stored and transported are usually filled to approximately 80% of their capacity in order to prevent the liquid, which expands in response to temperature changes, from rupturing the cylinder. Naturally, safety valves are also used to minimise this risk.

LPG is widely used in everyday life, in industry, e.g. automotive industry, tourism or in households. More about the applications of LPG in the next post!

LPG, that is a propane-butane mixture offered at filling stations, has many advantages.

Do you know all of them?

  1. Fuel economy
    The most widespread advantage of LPG – translating directly into more money in the wallet. Autogas is widely available and at the same time much (approx. 50-60%) cheaper than petrol and diesel oil. Even the most advanced LPG systems will pay for themselves in less than a year with relatively average mileage.
    The more you drive, the greater your savings. Driving on LPG pays for itself most quickly when driving longer distances, when the car switches from petrol and the rest of the route is covered only on gas. Of course, modern systems shorten the period of driving on petrol to the necessary minimum, which means that the use of LPG makes a lot of sense even when driving only in the city. This is evidenced by the widespread use of LPG systems in the cars of taxi companies and car rental companies (the ultra-economical hybrid+LPG configuration is common), as well as in the vehicles of food suppliers. Also in company fleets, the fashion for diesel vehicles is gone and cost and service considerations have turned the attention of buyers to vehicles with a petrol+gas system. The internet offers a number of calculators to help compare costs and to calculate the payback period of an LPG system.
  2. Ecology
    The advantage of LPG has been known for years, mainly in western countries, and is gaining more and more importance in Poland as well. Yes, LPG is more environmentally friendly than petrol and diesel fuel, emits less carbon dioxide and nitrogen and therefore less greenhouse gases. It is worth noting that some countries have introduced restrictions on the movement of combustion engine cars in city centres, but often hybrid and LPG-powered cars are excluded from these restrictions. In times when diesel cars are targeted, investing in LPG may be a great solution also in the context of increasingly stringent environmental regulations.
  3. Comprehensive and optimal power supply.
    LPG powers the engine in its most efficient form of fuel – the gaseous state. This facilitates engine operation and, contrary to popular belief, has a positive effect on engine durability. LPG is characterised by a high degree of purity, which means its virtually unlimited lifetime. It has a high octane number (even up to about 100), which makes it more resistant to knocking combustion than petrol. However, you should remember about proper and regular servicing, and of course about the quality of the fuel!
    Thanks to the development of technology, it is possible to use gas systems in almost any car – just go to a professional workshop, which will advise the best solution.