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  1. gasNtools
    August 6, 2019 @ 06:20

    Butane Propane are the important sources for cooking. The difference between those was explained well in this post. Thanks for sharing the blog.

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  2. david
    October 18, 2019 @ 20:37

    It’s weird, people don’t comment anymore these days, I noticed that on our own site too. So here I am to say: Great article! Very informative (to me at least). And describing your own experiences is gold.
    In fact the only thing I missed/was looking for: why do many sites write LPG and Propane is the same, others LPG is the family name comprising both propane and butane, and now you: If you can, get an LPG system fitted, it’s way cheaper than propane (and butane). So that is the bit that, still, confuses me. Although I am sure you could easily explain the difference.
    Either way, your site, and the related posts, all great!

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  3. rachel frampton
    April 23, 2020 @ 01:02

    I’ve been planning to replace my LPG with propane gas, that’s why I’m currently looking for a service that may provide me that. It’s great to know that propane can last longer in the winter. Although, it surprises me that when propane is combined with Botane, it can lower the working temperature, thus, making it suitable for freezing conditions.

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  4. Phil
    May 14, 2020 @ 10:35

    Excellent article, I have both in my RV, just because i bought a refillable bottle when i had a caravan so thats the propane (LPG) great for cold weather ( i did not know ) and as we are in Spain we have Butane as thats what they sell in all garages. Ive just installed 3 x 24v huge solar panels on the roof (BTW its a converted horse box 7.5 tonne) so the roof is huge. These panels go to a DC to DC converter with Solar MPPT converter at 50A so we get charged when engine is running and also when sitting under the sun. Ive measured 48.9A coming from the panels so well impressed. Ok we have two 110A in parallel lead carbon batteries so thats 220a we can use 70% so that gives us 154ah to use at night. (1680 watts)

    I wanted to know how many KWh you could get from either gas per litre as my fridge uses 17amp per hour and can flatten the batteries if i leave it on over night or bring them down to 11.5v on a 12v system which i don’t want to do, i just switch off the inverter when we go to sleep or stop watching the TV and the fridge switches to the gas. It occurred to me that one 13KG bottle of gas must contain a huge amount to stored KWh i have search the net and found 174KWh is in the 13 KG bottle of butane and costs 17 euros. Remember my two usable 840watts batteries cost £178 each. Now after working this out my inverter will only be used to run things i can’t run on gas.

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    • Paul Fabrizio
      May 14, 2020 @ 19:20

      I have a good look at the actual energy content of gas in this article: http://classicmotorhomeowner.com/how-long-does-propane-last/
      We have a very old three-way fridge. From the manual our three-way fridge uses about 0.27kg per 24 hours – this should, in theory, give around 40 days use on an 11kg but that is for the fridge only – you can see more about the fridge power consumption here – http://classicmotorhomeowner.com/what-is-a-three-way-fridge/
      You would need a few more batteries to run your fridge from only electric, in my opinion. For us the gas just allows it to tick over but we are in a very different climate than you are in 🙂
      Power consumption in a van can be quite complicated to work out. The information can be hard to get your head around and there tends to be a lot of conflicting information especially around batteries.
      Keep Cool

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