LPG Query

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  1. Abacist

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    Before converting to LPG I am just wondering if the bulk LPG that you fill up from in petrol stations is Butane or Propane?

    Looking to use it for fridge, cooking and heating not as a road fuel.

    Would prefer it to be Propane due to better performance in the winter.

    Sorry if this is a very basic question but not found an obvious answer as I get the impression that it could be either.
     
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  2. old-mo

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    Bit of each.... but mainly "Propane" to get over the freezing issue... :xThumb:
     
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    Must be propane I reckon because we use it when skiing and have been in minus 20 and lower and never had a problem.
     
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    Phew! That's a relief because I've just had it fitted to my van and hadn't thought of it.
     
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    It's propane no problem.
     
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    LPG is Liquid Propane Gas. The answer is in the name :)
     
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    Hi, in the UK its propane, overseas they have summer LPG // GPL autogas that is sometimes 80% butane, and then winter that can have 20% butane. :xsurprised: Bob.
     
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    It is Liquid Petroleum Gas to give it the correct title. Commonly propane or butane, but UK autogas is mostly propane
     
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    Propane in the UK but beware if you fill up in southern France or some other 'Latin' countries where the butane component of the mix is much higher. Then you could have problems if using the same fill-up during cold weather back in the UK.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the very useful replies
     
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    :xdoh:Think you'll find its Liquefied Petroleum Gas and can be Propane or Butane
     
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    Actually Liquid Petroleum Gas. Both butane and propane are LPG.
    Oops - mentioned several times :whistle2:
     
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    Or as bob said, gpl in Spain lol
     
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    And GPL in France
     
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    Its not.......its LIQUID PETROLIUM GAS

    Type DEFINE LPG in any search engine.

    And its primarily propane with a small quantity of butane.
     
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    Got 4 bites :reel:
     
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    Actually in UK it is autogas that is mainly Propane.
    LPG as sold by the likes of calor can be completely propane (red bottle)
    or completely butane (blue bottle) :p

    In France Gaz de pétrole liquéfié

    In Spain Gas licuado de petróleo

    Italy Gas di petrolio liquefatto

    Germany Flüssiggas
     
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    So, it can be Propane or Butane or a mix of the two? That presumably means the two are effectively interchangeable and work with fridges, cookers and heaters safely?

    Ye, I'm new to all of this!
     
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    Autogas is a generic brand name in the same way Hoover is synonymous with vacuum cleaners......the gas is LPG....Liquid Petrolium Gas
     
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    According to the manual for the Dometic fridge I have just been having issue with, it will run on either propane or butane. If using LPG/auto gas it says the burner needs cleaning more regularly (2 - 3 times a year)
    Having just cleaned mine and seen how much crap comes out of it I agree that regular cleaning is necessary ( see this thread for the gory details http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum...working-in-morocco.102582/page-2#post-1308931)
    I presume this is because Autogas contains additives to make it work properly in car engines that don't combust properLy in a fridge (but that's just a guess)
     
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