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Most homes have 2 to 3 appliances that rely on gas, some even have more appliances due to load shedding. Having the third-hand experience of reading and hearing stories about houses or schools burning down from gas leakage, how sure are you that you don't have one yourself? 

SimsGas offers you not only approved gas but also vital tips for gas safety. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for in case you have a gas leak in your home.

 

Signs to look out for when you have a leakage 

We usually say when there is a leakage you can tell by the smell, but do you know which smell to look out for? Well, gas suppliers have tried to make it a little easy for households to detect gas leakages by adding a chemical called Mercaptan to gas to give it a noticeable odour. This makes it easier to detect a gas leak in its early stages. If you notice an odour that resembles rotten eggs or sulphur contact your gas installer IMMEDIATELY.

Another sign is discoloured flames when you activate one of your stove plates. A gas furnace is engineered to produce a hot blue flame while it is activated. A yellow flame may indicate a ventilation issue with your appliance. When you are unsure about the colour of the flames, contact a professional to check if there is any major problem.  

 

The causes and solutions

Have your gas lines inspected on an annual basis. It is extremely common for the gas connection to become loose between a gas line and an appliance.

Another cause can be poor ventilation, as gas appliances are set up with ventilation fans and pipes to remove harmful carbon monoxide that is produced during the standard heating process. If your appliances are working properly the harmful gas will automatically be distributed by a fan and diverted to outdoor air. However, as your gas appliances reach the middle or end of their lifespan, the exhaust pipes may also become clogged and cause a gas leak.

The gas lines connected to your house need to be maintained every now and then as they also have a lifespan. The pipes may start to corrode and produce a gas leak if not preserved or replaced. So to ensure safety, get your gas line checked regularly to know if and when you need to replace them. 

 

Ways to prevent a gas leak in your house

Prevention is better than a cure! So start buying Carbon Monoxide Detectors and have them installed near each bedroom in your house. Detection of any trace amounts of this gas will result in the alarm going off, alerting everyone to get to safety as soon as possible.  

Another thing to consider - Do not start your car engine until the garage door is completely open because once a car engine ignites, carbon monoxide from the exhaust quickly fills up the room and can lead to quick suffocation. 

Remember it is important to buy your gas from a licensed gas provider, contact SimsGas now!

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving LPG today.

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Wintertime changes one's mood from spending time outdoors to spending the cold days tucked inside making heartwarming meals and sipping hot chocolate by the heater while binge-watching on your favourite series. Take a look at some meals we think would be perfect for a gas stove this frigid winter.

Old fashioned beef stew
Sundays are for home-cooked meals and much-needed family time.

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp grounded pepper
  • 1 Pound of beef meat, cut into cubes 
  • 5 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar 
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 peeled and cut carrots
  • 2 peeled and cut potatoes
  • 2 tsp salt  

Preparing 

  • Mix your flour and pepper in a bowl, and add the beef to coat well. 
  • Heat 3 teaspoons of oil in a large pot at medium heat. Add the beef pieces and cook till they brown on all sides
  • Remove the beef and place aside, and add vinegar and wine to the pot. Cook over medium to high heat while scraping the browned bits from the cooked beef, add the beef back in, and beef broth with bay leaves. Let it boil and reduce the heat to simmer.
  • Cooking until the beef is tender for about an hour, add the onions and carrots then simmer and cover. After 10 minutes add potatoes then let it simmer till the vegetables are tender for the next 30 minutes or more. All broth or water if the stew gets dry as the veggies tender.


Tripe (Mala mogodu/ulusu)

Something you not only keep you warm but the house warm when preparing 

Ingredients 

  • 1 kg cleaned beef/mutton tribe 
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 Stock Cubes (any stock cubes of your choice) 
  • 1 Green Pepper 
  • 1 tsp Chilli salt and pepper
  • Coarse salt and water for cleaning  

Preparing

  • Even though you bought an already cleaned tribe, you may want to clean it again. Rub your tribe with coarse salt then, throw it in a pot with water to boil for 10-15 minutes. Then wash your tribe thoroughly in running cold water till you are happy with the texture, and chop it into tote size pieces to prepare for cooking.
  • Add your tribe to a pot, season with your chilli salt and pepper, and fill the pot with enough water to boil for the next hour to tender.
  • Add your onion, green pepper, and stock cubes. Allow to simmer for another 45 minutes, and keep your stove at medium heat. Keep checking and stir every 15 mins.
  • Serve while it is still hot      


Creamy Garlic Prawns

Steamy, creamy prawns anyone?

  • 25g butter 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp plain flour 
  • 1 cup mussel chicken liquid stock
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • ½ cup of cream
  • 750g peeled uncooked prawns 
  • 1-2 tsp dry mustard powder 
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped parsley
  • Salt to season

Preparing 

  • Heat butter and oil and add garlic to your frying pan at medium temperature, when the butter has melted add flour. Stir till the mixture is smooth and bubbles.
  • Slowly add stock as you stir, making sure that your mixture is smooth and doesn't have lumps. Stir till the sauce thickens then add mustard with salt and pepper.
  • Add your prawns. Stir and simmer for the next 5 minutes or more till the prawns are cooked. Add parsley and your meal is ready to be served. 

 

Order your gas now, so you don't run out while cooking. The early the better! 

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving LPG today.

We will deliver to your home or business, so order today!

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At SimsGas, we are aware of the gap between summer and winter, a gap that would make you forget how cold the last winter was. Due to that we are giving you a winter preparation checklist on keeping you and yours comfortably warm this winter and some safety precautions you should remember.

Stay in contact with your gas provider (SimsGas)

The best advice for preparation is to place your order with SimsGas as soon as possible. Make sure that before we have a long delivery list for winter your name is at the top. While making sure that you have enough gas to take you through the winter season take a look at this checklist, 

 

A warm winter checklist.

You may forget how your last winter passed by and what you used to keep warm, but we have a few reminders on the need to have items:

  • Hot water bottles, make sure they are still in good condition
  • Electric blanket, try to turn it on before you sleep
  • Puffy blankets, keep a distance from the heater
  • Hot chocolate, to keep warm and comfy in the evenings 

Check your heating appliances.

Contact your maintenance team to come check the house for any faults with the roof, the sealing, and seal any cracks that the house may have. While at it give your gas installer a call to look for any faults, any possible gas leaks, and check your gas appliances and gas underfloor heaters.

 

Be energy-wise

You may have enough gas to see you through the 3 months of winter but that does not mean you’re free to use it recklessly. Use energy conservatively by setting your programmable thermostat to a low comfortable temperature, a bit cooler at night, and off when everyone is at home or at school. 

 

Steps to take during a leakage

When the worst happens you need to be prepared. You can probably tell by the smell when your gas leaks so make sure that you are not operating any lights, appliances, or cellphones. Get everyone out of the house first and switch off the main gas supply by turning it to the right.

Then you can call SimsGas or your installer when you are outside to report the leak, do not return to the house until the leak has been checked out.

 

Never use outdoor appliances indoors

We know you need to cook and stay warm but keeping your family safe is important. Never use your gas grill indoors as a heater, the outdoor heater is also not an option for keeping the house warm, even when there is load-shedding - do not risk it. Most importantly, when you run out of gas, wait for your supplier, and do not use an illegal supplier.

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving LPG today.

We will deliver to your home or business, so order today to avoid the winter rush!

 

Johannesburg Phone: 011 494 4232
Durban Phone: 031 902 6533
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The first idea that comes up when Mother’s day approaches is buying flowers and chocolates, however, sometimes all you need is a delicious meal and precious time. That said, the bigger question is what to cook? At SimsGas we have a few ideas on what you can make to make your Mother feel wholesome with delicious lunch cooked on gas. 

Main courses
To brighten up her day not only with a smile or gifts but with a meal that is mouth-watering, and abound with colour.

Option 1 - Grilled salmon with dill butter

Ingredients:

  • 113.40 g slices of salmon with the skin on 
  • ¼ cup of unsalted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh dill
  • One thinly sliced lemon for garnish 
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt for taste 

Directions:

  • Preheat the grill for cooking over high heat at 287°C.
  • Salt the salmon for taste 
  • Mixed the chopped dill with the unsalted butter 
  • To grill the salmon, lightly grease the grills grates with a bit of peanut/sunflower/coconut oil. Coat the salmon in oil as well before placing the salmon skin side up on the grill grates. Grill for about 2-4 minutes.
  • Turn the salmon and reduce the heat to medium. Close the lid and allow the salmon to cook for another 3-5 minutes until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily.
  • Serve the salmon with the then lemon slices and the salad of your choice.

Add love in every pocket including your Mother’s Grilled stuffed chicken, and send it all to her heart. Served with love for Mother’s day!

 

Option 2 Grilled stuffed chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast 
  • 57g of sundried tomatoes that are cut into strips 
  • 113g of baby spinach 
  • 4 thick slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of BBQ rub
  • Coconut oil 

Directions: 

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat 177°C- 104°C.
  • Split the chicken breast to create a pocket in each breast and season the outside with a BBQ rub.
  • Stuff the pocket of the chicken breast with spinach, cheese, and sundried tomato strips.
  • Use toothpicks to close the pockets.
  • Lightly grease the grill grates with a bit of oil. Add the chicken breast and close the lid. Allow the chicken to cook for 8 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken over and close the lid once again. Reduce the heat to medium. Allow the chicken to cook for 7-10 minutes more.
  • You can then serve the stuffed chicken with salad.

 

Salads

What is a meal without a quick salad?

Option 1 Garden salad with garlic dressing 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried, and chopped.
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped 
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 radish, sliced
  • 3cloves garlic, grated/minced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoon dill, dried
  • ½ cup of quality olive oil
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise 
  • ¼ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper for taste

Directions:

  • In a bowl mix the garlic, lemon juice, and drill.
  • Slowly pour in the olive oil while wishing constantly to make the dressing smooth
  • Once all of the oil is in, fold in mayonnaise 1 tablespoon at a time until you are happy with the flavour.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.


While you want to spoil her with an amazing meal, add greens as a resemblance of love and care for her health!

Option 2 Greek salad 

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried, and chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 170 g of pitted black olives 
  • 1 cucumber, sliced 
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  •  For taste, add salt and coarsely ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Mix together the ingredients of the salad in a large salad bowl.
  • Whilst together the ingredients for the dressing in a prepared bowl then pour this over the salad.

After serving the meal you can then hand her the flowers and chocolates.

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving LPG today.

We will deliver to your home or business, so order today to avoid the winter rush!

 

Johannesburg Phone: 011 494 4232
Durban Phone: 031 902 6533
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Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is an extremely versatile, clean, and efficient energy source that consists of a mixture between either butane or propane. LPG is perfectly suited for providing energy benefits within three key areas - Cooking, heating water, and heating home interiors. 

LPG is most commonly used for home heating purposes which in turn makes it a cyclical product with consumption expanding over the winter months. Considering the massive constraints we have on energy supply in the country, it is only natural that LPG is quickly becoming a preferred clean power alternative to the grid and providing a reliable and efficient form of energy usage.

 

The future plans for LPG in South Africa

One thing that has been noted in recent years is that South Africa still lags significantly behind more developed nations in terms of providing adequate clean power alternatives. One such area that is overdue in terms of development are projects which see LPG capabilities built within low-income homes where heating is often accomplished through burning wood and other chemicals.

The truth is that almost 4 million people die almost every year due to complications caused by these forms of cooking practices. What's more, almost half of all pneumonia-related deaths in children are caused by soot inhalation. As such, it's clear that there is a gap in the market to supply a more sustainable and clean power alternative. LPG is no doubt a cleaner, safer, and healthier alternative that, if implemented correctly, could save lives.

 

Analysing the growth of LPG 

As a by-product of the petroleum production process, LPG was traditionally produced by local refineries on a very small scale. Because overall supply was limited, deliveries of LPG could never be too large, was infrequent, and were unable to meet the seasonal demands of the colder months. Because of this, growth had remained at a stagnant pace.

It wasn’t until the early months of 2017 did we see a major shift in terms of LPG availability. After the installation of an R1.02 billion rand open-access import terminal in the Saldanha Bay of the Western Cape, gas suppliers in the country were finally able to meet the demand for LPG in the country.

Following the launch of this facility, another, even larger development was planned in Richards Bay. This facility can house almost 25,000 tonnes of LPG, was completed near the end of 2020 and has some of the world’s largest storage tanks. These game-changing additions to our growing LPG infrastructure will ensure that growing access to LPG will increase public demand for this incredibly efficient energy source.

 

Conclusion

LPG has significantly replaced biofuels in all areas as the consumption of electricity and liquefied gas continues to rise. With the population rapidly growing, the increasing cost is pushing consumers towards a new phase of fuel shortage. As such, more consumers are set to use LPG in the future.

 

Contact us today

SimsGas provides a versatile and reliable energy source of LPG anywhere and everywhere. However you like to spend your leisure time, SimsGas plays a vital role in providing you with a safe, reliable, and efficient product.

Contact SimsGas and start enjoying the benefits of efficient, sustainable, and cost-saving LPG today.

We will deliver to your home or business, so order today!

 

Johannesburg Phone: 011 494 4232
Durban Phone: 031 902 6533
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Or fill in your gas supply query here: http://ow.ly/B7YH30mIb8h 

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