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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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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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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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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
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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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)


When LPG is used to fuel internal combustion engines, it is often referred to as Autogas. It has been used since the 1940s as an alternative fuel for spark ignition engines. More recently, it has also been used in diesel engines. Its advantage is that it is non-toxic, non-corrosive and free of tetra-ethyl lead or any additives. It burns more cleanly than petrol or diesel and it is especially free of the particulates from the latter.

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