How much gas should a van use

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  1. WOOOODENTOP

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    Ive used 20kg in 12 months which seems excessive as weve not used the van that often.
    When I open the gas locker there is always a slight smell of gas.
    We keep the bottle turned off but connected when not in use.
    How can I check for gas leaks (dont much fancy the match option)
     
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    Wet the joints with soapy water--and watch the bubbles
     
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    Soapy water in a squeezy bottle is one way. But only where you can get to squirt it.

    We have a pressure gague on our Gaslow system, so I turn off and the pressure should hold for hours/days. It didn't once, the fridge push to start jammed in.

    We can get through 11kg in a week in winter.
     
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    We have a gaslow system so we don't have to take bottles in and out, and as such never have to tighten connections. And a couple of times over the years I have found connections working a little loose. A more regular check by me is called for.
    We've just come back from about 5 weeks in France and we used about 1litre each day. This was all cooking and hot water including the kettle, we don't use mains electric. We don't use any heating at this time of year.
     
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    You probably have a gas leak somewhere. You can buy proper leak detector solution, but it's probably the same as soapy water.
    Best advice would be to disconnect the bottle when it's not in use, but try to find the leak anyway. It could get worse.
    Allan
     
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    its rare but it does happen that bottle valves leak even when off. it needs the system and the cylinder pressure testing by a gas safe engineer certified for lpg
     
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    No one seems to have asked what you use it for, how often are you off hook up, and if you have a refillable system or not etc ??..

    If you have a blown air system and have it up a little high, it is easy to eat a whole bottle in a weekend.
     
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    have been mainly on electric. Heating is diesel so only use it for the hob and fridge
     
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    And about how many days do you reckon you have used the van ?
     
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    Probably obvious but if you have a three way fridge and don't plug in to the mains or turn your fridge off when not using the van it will continue to consume gas
     
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    We use about a litre a day for normal running, cooking fridge, that's not heating though.
    We don't use any on ehu as we use the electric hob and microwave.
     
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    If you do the washing up liquid in water quite concentrated into a froth put that on the joints/gas tap etc . If any bubbles grow it indicates a leak. I reckon all gas lockers smell slightly easy to imagine a problem (or miss one!!).If you weigh you cyl and put it back in over a period when you are not using your m/h could check it aftre a layup.
    David
     
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    I use on average 1,000 litres of LPG per year on cooking, heating, water heating and fridge. I occasionally use an LPG generator but not a lot. Yes that figure of one thousand is correct and averaged over a long period from 2009.
     
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    The first thing to check is the age of the pipes from the bottles to the regulator, old pipes leak gas
     
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