Grills, Gas & Regulators: 101

I did a post about getting gas for your BBQ a while back (I mean, years back!) – so if any of you are looking for the 411 on gas tanks and canisters in Singapore, this would be the most updated info you can get.

WHICH WORKS WITH WHAT?
BRAND: Can I use any gas regulator for any brand of gas tank? The answer is no. Some gas tanks work with different gas regulators, while others do not. Always check with the company that supplied the gas regulator to you (whether it’s the BBQ company or the gas supplier) which brand of gas tank will be suitable for the regulator you’re using. Even if the regulator fits the tank, it doesn’t mean it will work.

TANK SIZE: Larger grills need different sized gas tanks from smaller grills – yes, this means different gas regulators too. For example, any BBQ with 4 burners or less would need a regulator for a 12.7kg gas tank, whereas any BBQ with more than 4 burners would need a regulator for a 11.3kg gas tank (I know, it is weird that the larger BBQ needs a smaller gas tank). This information is specific to Esso and Mobil LPG tanks.

HOW SMALL CAN I GO?
It’s really hard to get a small gas tank in Singapore – but for those of you who are looking – you can actually still find the 4.5kg ones here, but they are very pricey and you have to get a special regulator from the gas supplier too. Users only want the 4.5kg tank because they can store it in their BBQ cabinets, but really, it’s not practical or worth the buck because it runs out so fast and it’s about 2.5 times the price of a large tank. Furthermore, it’s not compatible with larger grills because there’s just not enough pressure in the tank to keep a large BBQ running.

Some BBQs like the TravelQ TQ285X and the TQ285 table top grill, have the option of regulators that work with camping gas. No, camping gas is not the same as the gas you use for steamboats. These run out really fast, but they’re bought more for the convenience of being able to take them around – especially if you intend to go camping somewhere or have a small picnic in the great outdoors.

If a large gas tank stored outside your BBQ cabinet really irks you because it’s too ugly, perhaps consider an LPG tank cover that comes in different colours.

orange &  black

“Tacky no more!” Exclaimed the LPG tank.

CAN I GET PIPED IN?
TOWN GAS: If you’re looking to connect your BBQ to town gas (or piped gas), it’s definitely possible. You will have to check with your BBQ supplier if they are able to do this for you. Do not do it yourself, as you risk forfeiting the grill warranty.

SAFETY FIRST!
My gas supplier offered me an adjustable regulator – should I use it?
I wouldn’t recommend using it because if the pressure has been adjusted incorrectly, you could be looking at a flaming disaster as sometimes too much gas is released (believe me, hand-to-heart, this has happened!). Instead, check with the BBQ supplier for their recommendation first.

Here are some tips from Union Energy on how to store your LPG tank safely.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Grills, Gas & Regulators: 101

  1. Nat says:

    I’m looking for the small propane cylinders for a Weber Q 1200 brought in from the US. Any tips on the best place in SG to find them? Cheers!

    • bbqlovers says:

      Hi Nat – try Union Gas for the 4.5kg tanks. They’re the smallest you can get here. Otherwise, the next size up is 12.7kg. As the small tanks are a non-standard item, you’ll probably have to spend a fair bit more than the regular sized tanks.

    • Dave Kelly says:

      Hi Nat

      Same problem here.. Looking for GST for a Weber Q from AU. We just can’t get the local gas to work with it at a proper pressure, regardless of the bottle size and even after changing the (bottle) regulator out. Did you find a solution?

  2. Nikolaj says:

    Hi, today I recognized that the gas cylinder I have is most likely not allowed in Singapore. I bought the BBQ second hand and it seem, that cylinders with a separate valve are not permitted here. Please don’t ask me how this cylinder ended up here. I don’t know. Are this bottles still sold here or do I need to retrofit the BBQ to another system. Please advice. Please find an example gas hose below. http://store.weber.com/parts/detail/q/1264

    Thanks

    • bbqlovers says:

      Hi Nikolaj,

      The gas regulator in that picture is for the 9KG gas tank which used to be available here in Singapore, but it isn’t anymore. The only tanks available here now are 4.5kg, 12.7kg and 11.3kg. I suggest getting a new regulator from a gas supplier, and using their gas tanks. If your BBQ is small enough, you could use the 4.5kg gas tank – but the 12.7kg tank is still the most value for money.

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