Gas cylinders are, when not handled or stored correctly, dangerous to you and your home. If your cylinder ruptures it could cause an explosion which could damage your property and anyone in it. It is therefore extremely important that you store your gas cylinders correctly. One of the best ways to store gas cylinders is using storage cages, however, to ensure your safety there are important guidelines for your cage storage to follow.

We’ve put together some useful tips you’ll need to take into account when setting up cage storage for your cylinders:

Make sure your storage cage has enough ventilation
In order to reduce any risks associated with leakage, your gas cylinders should be stored in a cage which has good ventilation, and which is located in a well-ventilated area. Leaked gas can be a serious health and safety hazard, which is why ventilation is so important as it prevents a build-up of any leaked gases.


Make sure your cylinders are stored vertically
Your gas cylinders should be stored upright within the storage cage so as to prevent residual liquefied gas from coming into contact with the cylinder valves. Storing the cylinders upright helps prevent the cylinders from being damaged.


Make sure your cylinders are secured
Storage cages can accidentally be bumped or knocked over, which is why gas cylinders need to be secured within their cages. A bump could cause a cylinder to collapse or rupture, which is a huge safety hazard. To ensure your cylinder will remain upright, secure it with rack, or a strap or chain that is non-abrasive.


Make sure your storage cage is away from sources of heat or ignition
Never store any other objects or products in your storage cage, especially products which are flammable such as fuel, oil or other corrosive liquids, as this could result in an explosion or other safety hazards. You should also keep your cylinders out of direct sunlight and away from other sources of heat such as stoves or fireplaces.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to ensure that your gas cylinders are stored in a way which minimises any risks and prioritises safety.

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As we bid farewell to winter and say hello to spring, we all migrate out onto our patios to enjoy the warmer weather and soak up some sun. There’s nothing better than to have a braai outside on your patio and with Heritage Day coming up you’ll definitely need to be braai ready.


When it comes to getting the perfect braai for your patio, a gas braai is should be your first choice,and this is why:


Gas braais are quicker to heat up:

Gas braais heat up a lot faster than traditional braais, which cuts hours off the braai-ing process. Gas braais also come with a built-in temperature gauge which enables you to accurately keep track of the temperature and allows you to choose what temperature you want to braai at. This is super convenient because different meats cook at different temperatures.


Gas braais produce less smoke:

Gas braais produce little, if any smoke in comparison to traditional charcoal/wood braais. This makes them the perfect braai to have on your patio as you won’t have to worry about your patio area getting smoky as you try and cook your meat.


Gas braais are safer to have in smaller areas:

With a gas braai there is no open fire, which makes it better suited for a patio than a traditional braai. Open fires can lead to flare ups, making them dangerous, especially in smaller areas such as patios.


Gas braais are easier to clean:

Gas braais are a lot easier to clean than a traditional braai, as you don’t have to worry about getting rid of the bit of charcoal and the ash and fat mixture which accumulates at the bottom of a traditional braai. All a gas braai needs is a warm soapy water wipe down and you’re ready for action, making it the perfect addition to your patio.


In honour of Heritage Day, we’ve found a delicious, proudly South African braai recipe from to enjoy with your friends and family. 


The ultimate braai day sosatie

You’ll need:


50 ml olive or cooking oil

2 large onions, both sliced into broad rings

One green pepper cut into approx. 2.5 cm squares

3 tbsp of smooth apricot jam

15 ml wine vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 crushed bay leaves

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp of pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp curry powder (mild korma to hot madras – the choice is yours

500 g boned leg of mutton or chicken, cut into 2.5 cm cubes

125 g dried apricots



  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion rings and green pepper blocks until very lightly cooked, making sure the onion rings remain intact. Drain them on absorbent paper.
  1. Combine the apricot jam, vinegar, sugar, bay leaves, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric and curry powder in a ceramic or glass bowl and add the onion rings and green pepper.
  1. Add the meat to the mixture and marinate for 24 hours in the fridge, stirring two or three times.
  1. If the apricots are not soft, soak them in a little water until plump. You might also want to soak the skewers so that the exposed ends do not burn to charcoal during the cooking process.
  1. When you are ready to cook, thread the cubes of meat, apricots, onion rings and peppers onto the skewers. Your braai’s temperature should be 375 degrees or a medium heat. The recommended cooking time is 6 minutes per side with a half turn at three minutes.
  1. Pour the marinade into a saucepan, bring to a boil and keep warm to serve with the sosaties. 

So sit back, relax and enjoy your Heritage Day – gas braai style!

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With the current electricity crisis facing South Africans, households are increasingly relying on gas (LPG) as their primary energy source for cooking, water heating or for keeping warm. But most people have very little idea of how gas prices come about. Take a look at the factors that determine these prices and "why you as an individual can't influence gas prices" 

Supply and demand 

LPG is produced primarily as a derivative of the crude oil refining process. The petrol price in South Africa is directly linked to the price of petrol quoted in US dollars . This means that the domestic prices of fuels like LPG are influenced by:

  1. international crude oil prices 
  2. international supply and demand balances for petroleum products and 
  3. the Rand/US Dollar exchange rate counterparts.  


The general rule to remember, is that higher demand tends to lead to higher prices. Lower demand can lead to lower prices. Increases and decreases in prices tend to reduce or increase demand. 

Import vs local (when supplies are running low and gas needs to be imported) 


Like other petroleum products, LPG is not immune to international and local factors affecting petroleum prices. There are six refineries located around South Africa, of which five produce LPG. These five refineries account for producing over 80% of LPG consumed in South Africa annually. The remainder is imported to compensate for the shortfall. When local supply is unable to meet demand, it is supplemented through imported product. This is the case especially during the peak demand season and when there are planned or unplanned maintenance shutdowns at refineries. It is inevitable that the price of LPG will increase in these instances. 

Seasonal demand as a factor on the price 

South African summers can be scorching hot and the winters freezing cold.  We need all the help we can get, but it comes with a price!  Cold weather (low temperatures) increases demand for heating, while hot weather (high temperatures) increases demand for cooling. This increases the demand for gas which will also impact on the price. As with most things in life, if you use your gas appliances with care and in moderation, you do not have to suffer in any seasonal condition.    


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LPG Gas uses...

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LPG (liquid petroleum gas) is an astonishingly versatile and transportable fuel that forms an integral part of our daily lives. Read on and learn more about what this natural gas is used for. 

In the home 
LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) uses in the home commonly include cooking, heating, hot water, air conditioning refrigerant and back-up generator applications. Using LPG to fuel backup generators has one great advantage. 

Electricity generation 
LPG can be used in combination with diesel fuel to power larger generators, It replaces some of the diesel fuel to run the engines. LPG is not only a clean power alternative but it saves money.  

Leisure & Camping 
Hot air balloons are probably the biggest leisure users of LPG, as hot air is the method of choice of balloonists to get their balloons airborne. Helium is quite expensive to use on a recreational basis and therefore LPG is the fuel of choice.

Whether you are a seasoned camper or just venturing across the country in your one-man tent, LPG can power an assortment of camping gear like camping stoves, fridges, lights and even small camping heaters. 

The uses of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) can be used to power vehicles and it’s called “autogas”. LPG can be used to substitute for petrol in virtually all petrol-powered vehicles.  Did you know that LPG is used to fuel the yellow school buses in the USA? The environmental benefits of using LPG in transportation is tremendous and less expensive than either petrol or diesel in most countries. 

The use of LPG in the Agriculture sector is extensive and certainly necessary to put money back in the pockets of our farmers. LPG is commonly used for crop drying, irrigation greenhouses, by dairy farmers and bird and animal habitats (poultry sheds).

There are many more uses of LPG than listed above, wherever you find yourself, you will benefit from the usage of LPG if you just pay attention closely.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Outdoor Gas Heaters Indoors!

Since the discovery of natural gas and liquid petroleum gas or LPG, humans have made incredible strides to help us use LPG to our benefit. This has been done by creating outstanding technologies that allow the easy, everyday use of gas for heating, lighting and cooking in our homes, but did you know that these technologies, such as heaters and stoves, should be used for their intended purpose and in their intended location?

Read more below to learn the dangers of misusing your outdoor gas heater and why it shouldn’t be brought indoors!


Fire Risks

When gas bottles and appliances are used correctly, the risk to the user is minimal, however, if they have been misused they can pose serious hazards to your home and your health. Patio or outdoor gas heaters are specifically designed to work outside. Moving the outdoor heater inside can restrict the ventilation of the outdoor heater, this is very dangerous. In the worst-case scenario, you could have large flames from your heater and sudden combustion will take place, leading to a serious house fire.


Health Risks

All gas appliances will produce small amounts of other gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide. The larger the appliance is and more gas it needs to work effectively, the amounts of these gases it will produce are greater. Bringing a gas heater designed for a ventilated area into a room with little air circulation will lead to a build of these gases causing people inside to experience headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, dizziness and even death.


Different Specifications

Gas heaters developed for indoor use need to meet certain standards in safety. This means that in order for them to be considered safe for indoor use, they can’t produce an excess of nitric oxide, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide. Patio or outdoor gas heaters do not have these manufacturer design restrictions as they intended to be used outside without any restriction to their ventilation needs. 

South Africans are not strangers to the horrific accidents that can occur when products are not carefully monitored or used for their intended purpose. Always follow the instructions and safety precautions when using your gas appliances, turn off your gas bottle valves when you have finished using your appliance, and only use the appliance for its intended use only.

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