A Gassy Problem

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“Grrrrr! Why doesn’t my gas tank fit into my barbecue cabinet?!”

I’ve heard that complaint a few times from my customers. I know it seems like an obvious thing, that the gas tank should be able to fit into the cabinet of your portable grill. Unfortunately, barbecues aren’t always made to fit tanks approved under Singapore regulations because they’re not from here.

What I’ve picked up from gas companies is that Singapore approved gas tanks come in the following sizes: 4.5kg, 11.3kg and 12.7kg. The 9kg gas tank which is used in Australia and New Zealand are not approved here (don’t ask me why, I don’t know). I think some companies still offer them, but I doubt insurance would cover you if there were to be an accident.

We get lots of gas related questions, so here’s what I can tell you just based on experience:

1. Your gas tank isn’t going to explode if you leave it outdoors. I’ve left my gas tank outside with my barbecue for years and nothing weird has happened. It’s still there. The barbecue is still in tact. And my house has not burnt down in the process. We leave it under the side table of our barbecue and pull the vinyl cover over to cover both grill and gas tank.

2. I know it looks unsightly to have your gas tank on the side of your barbecue instead of inside the cabinet, but in actual fact, it’s not advisable for one to have their gas tank inside their barbecue when they’re using it as you don’t want the tank too close to the burner flames. All other times, you would have your vinyl cover over the gas tank.

3. How long does a gas tank last for? On a 2 burner barbecue, a 4.5kg tank would last approximately 8 hours of non-stop barbecuing. So, I guess if you do the math, a 12.7kg tank would last about 20 hours on a 2 burner barbecue and 10 hours on a 4 burner. We usually just advise our customers to get the large tanks because they’re cheaper and last longer. You get more bang for your buck! Seriously, a 4.5kg gas tank costs about $190 whereas a 12.7kg tanks costs about $70 (it’s a $40 deposit for the tank and $30 for the gas itself).

It’s funny that the large tanks are cheaper than the small ones, but there’s less demand for the small ones, so they’re pricier. Also, large barbecues with at least 4 burners can’t take the 4.5kg gas tanks as your burners will cut off when you turn all of them on at same time.

4. Gas regulators. One thing to note about gas regulators is that they don’t all fit the same brands of gas tanks. Some gas regulators only fit Esso Mobil tanks, while others fit Shell tanks. So if your BBQ supplier has given you a regulator, make sure to ask which brand of tanks their suitable for or you might end up having to buy a new regulator.

Alright, that’s all the questions I can think of so far. If you have a question, just shoot it over and I’ll see what I can do about getting you your answer! Till next time!

For more information, you can check our the exxonmobil site:  http://www.exxonmobil.com.sg/AP-English/about_who_profile_lpg_safety.aspx

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2 thoughts on “A Gassy Problem

  1. Newbie says:

    I’m considering getting a gas BBQ grill but will only have space to store in my back yard with a glass roof. Will hot sun and rain splashes cause any problems?

    • bbqlovers says:

      Hi Newbie,

      Hot sun shouldn’t be an issue as we have left our bbq and gas tank out in the same spot in our unsheltered garden for the past 4 years. Of course, we have a bbq cover over it (i.e. a vinyl cover) to protect it from the weather. Obviously, direct rain or sun on anything will cause it to deteriorate faster than otherwise.

      Rain isn’t an issue for ours as it is powder-coated, so water just slides right off. Powder coating works great in rainy weather, provided you don’t scratch off the coating. If you’re thinking about a stainless steel frame, my advice is to get a bbq with a 304 grade or above to avoid rust build-up. Having said that, it’s still important to give your bbq a good wipe down every once in a while (or often if in contact with rain) to keep it in as good condition as possible.

      If rust doesn’t bother you, then the most important thing to keep in mind is that your bbq should be used in a well-ventilated area.

      Hope this helps you to make your decision!

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