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Recently a growing trend is for unlicensed people to obtain empty commercially branded LPG gas cylinders, refill them illegally, often with unverified gas, and then resell them to unsuspecting consumers possibly at a cheaper price. This makes these cylinders potentially hazardous here’s why.

 

Why you shouldn’t buy illegally refilled or traded gas cylinders

Quite simply you SHOULDN’T buy illegally refilled or traded gas bottles because they are at risk of leaking. This comprises the safety of you and your family and puts your lives at risk because:

  • Only specially trained people using special equipment can refill gas bottles safely and correctly, so you cannot be sure that the gas bottle you buy from illegal traders has been refilled according to proper safety guidelines.
  • Often these cylinders have not been properly checked for safe continuous use, so they are extremely dangerous and have the potential to leak. 
  • Gas cylinders should be filled to 80% capacity. Without the correct equipment, they could be under- or over-filled. 
  • If they have been overfilled, then the gas bottle could be hazardous if exposed to excessive heat.
  • If they have been underfilled, this may not be dangerous but it is fraudulent as unsuspecting consumers are being cheated by being charged for more LPGas than they actually receive.

If you do buy illegally refilled or traded gas bottles, then you are:

  • encouraging the illegal trade and refilling of gas cylinders 
  • breaking the law as you are in contravention of the General Law Amendment Act, 1955 (Act No. 62 Of 1955), Section 37 which reads

“Any person who in any manner, otherwise than at a public sale, acquires or receives into his or her possession from any other person stolen goods, without having reasonable cause for believing at the time of such acquisition or receipt that such goods are the property of the person from whom he or she receives them or that such person has been duly authorized by the owner thereof to deal with or to dispose of them, shall be guilty of an offence.”

 

How to identify illegally refilled gas cylinders

To ensure that the gas bottle you are purchasing is not illegally filled, check for the following:

  • Check the seal on the cylinder for the gas supplier’s official branding. The seal must contain the supplier’s official branding and match the logo that is printed on the cylinder.
  • Look for the supplier’s official stamp on the cylinder’s neck ring. This stamp and the seal must both have the same company name as well as other pertinent information like tank weight, tank capacity, test pressure, minimum wall thickness, serial number and country of manufacture.
  • Check that the gas supplier’s logo and name printed on the cylinder match the name on the seal and neck ring.
  • Check the inner side of the cylinder stay plate to see when it's due for its next test to ensure that the date has not elapsed. 
  • If the cylinder has a seal that is clear or it has no seal at all, then it has most likely been illegally refilled.

 

The illegal process of trading and refilling gas bottles

  • When gas bottles are illegally refilled by unauthorised people, they may not go through the required strict maintenance or inspection processes to ensure they are still safe for continued use. 
  • The cylinder and its valves and pipes may not be properly connected or in a good condition which could cause a gas leak.
  • These unauthorised people may not have the right equipment or training to ensure that the cylinder is filled to 80% capacity which is the standard to allow for expansion of the gas within the cylinder.  So the bottle may be under- or over-filled. If under-filled this violates the Trade Metrology Act and if over-filled this poses a hazard to the consumer.

 

The usual process with legally refilled and traded gas bottles 

  • LPG Gas is bought from reputable distributors in metal cylinders/bottles. 
  • When you have used up the gas in your bottle, you can return it to the distributor and exchange it for another full bottle.
  • Your empty bottle is returned to the LPG supplier where it is subject to a stringent quality check by specially trained personnel to ensure it is still safe for further use.
  • When it has passed the quality check it is then refilled, weighed and resealed with the company’s logo on the seal to prove that it has been legitimately filled by said gas company.

 

When you purchase a new gas bottle, to ensure your safety, always check that the gas cylinder

  • is not damaged, dented or rusted.
  • has an unbroken seal with the gas company’s name or logo on it which also matches the name printed on the bottle itself. This proves that the bottle was filled legally by the gas company and that the gas bottle is safe to use. 
  • has a test date which is still valid and has not passed.


Always purchase your gas cylinders from a reputable company, and exchange your gas bottles at an authorised dealer, so that you can be sure that the cylinders have been legally filled to meet the requirements as set out by the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s pressure equipment regulations. 

You can report illegal fillers or retailers of gas cylinders at this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Should you need to order any  LPG Gas, contact us at Sims Gas and we will deliver to you.

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With our unstable electricity and its rising cost, LPG Gas is becoming the favoured alternative energy source to power our homes. While you may know some facts about LPG Gas, here are 11 interesting facts that you might not know.

 

LPG Gas is: 

  1. Colourless and odourless.
  2. Clean, non-toxic and safe.
  3. Produced during natural gas processing.
  4. Usually stored, in its liquid form, in steel pressure vessels from 9kg gas bottles to larger gas cylinders and even larger LPG tanks.
  5. Ideal for use indoors because it does not emit smoke when it burns. 
  6. Portable and can be easily transported to both urban and rural areas
  7. A versatile energy source used in a diverse range of applications - in the Commercial, Industrial, and Domestic industries such as rearing poultry, forklifts, processing textiles, heating geysers and boilers.  
  8. Known as Autogas in the automotive industry when used as a fuel in internal combustion engines in vehicles like cars, buses, lorries or trucks.

 

And, other interesting facts

  1. It is used to power the Olympic torch.
  2. It produces lower greenhouse gas emissions than petrol, diesel and electricity.
  3. All gas appliances supplied in South Africa must be tested to ensure they meet SABS standards and that they will be completely safe provided they are used in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.

With the many benefits of gas, and with Sims Gas ready to deliver to your homes or offices and keep you well supplied, switching to LPG Gas is a definite consideration for the future.

 

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Do you need diesel for your generators, a small fleet or for your forklifts? Contact Sims Gas  and we will deliver the diesel straight to your door.

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Phone: 0861 746 7427
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LPG Gas is a versatile, affordable source of energy for homes. It can be used for heating, cooking, cooling and drying. It is becoming a popular alternative to electricity because of our power constraints and constant disruptions. 

Here are 3 excellent reasons why you should switch to gas.

Compared to electricity LPG Gas, or Liquid Petroleum Gas, is more:


Cost Effective
because it:

  • Is cheaper to buy than electricity.
  • Is bottled in refillable gas cylinders. 
  • Has better heat control as it:
    • Heats instantaneously
    • Heats more evenly -  stove: the sides of a pan as well as on the bottom.
    • Heats only when turned on - electric geysers need to be turned on long before they have generated water hot enough to use for cooking or bathing so they are usually left running all the time.
  • Cooks food faster so you use your stove for shorter periods of time.
  • Spreads its heat more widely across the home whereas electrical heat is contained close to the appliance in use.

 

Eco Friendly because it:

  • Is an efficient and clean energy source.
  • Emits fewer pollutants and odours into the atmosphere.
  • Is non-toxic.
  • Has lower greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Reliable because it

  • Is a natural gas.
  • Originates from an underground pipeline so your fuel supply is always constant.
  • Allows you to braai or cook and to keep yourself and your home warm, or cool, even during load-shedding or any power outages. So, no more load shedding blues with gas!

It makes sense to switch to gas. Contact us, at SimsGas, if you want a cheaper and more energy efficient source of power for your home. We can help you make the switch.


We Deliver Diesel to your home or business!
Do you need diesel for your generators, a small fleet or for your forklifts? Contact Sims Gas  and we will deliver the diesel straight to your door.

Please note: the diesel price changes on a monthly basis so call or email our office for the latest price.

Phone: 0861 746 7427
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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With so much focus on being environmentally friendly and the high cost of electricity these days, not to mention the continuous power cuts, make it a New Year’s resolution to start getting off the grid by switching to appliances which use LPG, or Liquid Petroleum Gas, an efficient and clean energy source. 

LPG
is produced during natural gas processing and is stored as a liquid under pressure in gas bottles or tanks. As it heats up quickly, reaching its maximum heat almost immediately, it has a low carbon footprint and is much cheaper than electricity. It is bottled in refillable cylinders making it even more cost-effective. 

Switching to gas appliances may be costly initially but the long term financial savings of doing this will be well worth it and more eco friendly. However, it is also possible to begin getting off the grid gradually and in small, more affordable steps. Here we discuss both the expensive and less expensive options of switching to gas powered appliances. 

 

Where Options are Only Inexpensive
Gas Hot Plates
These are inexpensive, quick heating, portable, stand-alone small appliance cooktops with one or more heating elements or gas burners. Ideally, use these instead of your electric hob where possible and keep for backup when there is load-shedding or no electricity.

 

Where Options are Both Inexpensive and Expensive
Gas braais
Inexpensive
Small and portable versions are available.
Expensive
Install* a built-in gas braai on your patio.

Gas Heaters
Inexpensive
Portable, indoor gas heaters can be moved around in the home or outside onto the patio and even outdoors.
Expensive

  • When fixed in place, or wall-mounted, these gas heaters are designed for heating large areas. 
  • Modern gas heaters which look like fireplaces can be positioned between one or more rooms to heat the spaces simultaneously. They give off a lot of heat, so when the rooms have warmed up, you can save gas by reducing to a lower heat.

 

Gas Stoves
Inexpensive 

  • Use small and portable gas stoves instead of an electric stove where possible and as backup for when there is load-shedding or no electricity.

Expensive 
With Gas stoves, there is instant control of heat from high to low and it is much easier to regulate the temperature. Gas-only stoves can be permanently installed* in your kitchen, replacing your electric stove as the main cooking device or you can select a Dual-fuel stove so that you can choose which power you want to use at will. Just remember that using the gas option is generally much cheaper.

 

Where Options are Only Expensive
Gas Water Heaters or Gas Geysers
Because Electric geysers are huge consumers of a home's electricity, gas geysers are often the first replacement choice when converting to gas. They are extremely efficient as:

  • They only use the gas as and when it is required;
  • They only start to produce hot water when the hot tap is turned on so only the water that is needed is actually heated;
  • No water is wasted whilst waiting for the water to heat.

Consider these suggestions and determine your own needs but make it a New Year’s resolution to begin getting off the grid by switching to gas. You will reduce your expenses and will be lowering your carbon footprint and saving the environment. 

Here are some other, easy, cheap suggestions - which are not related to gas - to help you to start becoming energy efficient by switching to :

  • LED light bulbs.
  • rechargeable lights.
  • solar cell chargers, car phone chargers or a cell phone power bank.
  • surge protector plugs for your fridge, television and computer.

*It is important to note that Gas installations MUST be handled by a Gas Installer who MUST be registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGAS) and who will issue you with a Gas Compliance Certificate which is also required by your insurer to keep your insurance policy valid.

Keep a spare cylinder to avoid running out, order from us today.

 

We Deliver Diesel to your home or business!
Do you need diesel for your generators, a small fleet or for your forklifts? Contact Sims Gas  and we will deliver the diesel straight to your door.

Please note: the diesel price changes on a monthly basis so call or email our office for the latest price.

Phone: 0861 746 7427
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We will deliver to your home or business, so order today!

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Durban Phone: 031 902 6533
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Will you be celebrating Christmas with your family around your gas braai this year? So what’s on the menu? Here we suggest a scrumptious festive menu, with recipes, that will wow your guests. 

 

MENU

Aubergine Braaibroodjies
Peri Peri Duck 
OR
Beef Roast 
OR
Brined Turkey With Stuffing Skewers
Crispy Roast Potatoes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Easy Christmas Tray Bake
Caramelized Lemon Tart

 

Aubergine Braaibroodjies
This is an appetising carb-free recipe.
https://crushmag-online.com/recipe/aubergine-braaibroodjies-with-cheese-and-tomato/?cat=braai
Thanks to Crushmag-online.com for this appetiser.

 

Peri Peri Duck
Another traditional favourite but with a peri peri twist.
https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/food-drink/recipes/hit-the-braai-for-christmas-recipes-1962569
Thanks to Iol.co.za for this great recipe.

Beef Roast On The Braai
A succulent braaied garlicy beef rib-eye roast that won’t disappoint.
https://taste.co.za/what-to-braai-this-festive-season/
Thanks to Taste.co.za for this delicious recipe.

Brined Turkey With Stuffing Skewers
Spatchcocked Turkey served with skewered balls of sausage stuffing.
https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/food-drink/recipes/hit-the-braai-for-christmas-recipes-1962569
Thanks to Iol.co.za for this recipe with a difference.

Crispy Roast Potatoes
Crusted roast potatoes with fluffy insides.
https://www.lovefood.com/recipes/70030/crispy-roasted-potato-recipe
Thanks to Lovefood.com for this delicious recipe.

Stuffed Mushrooms
Quick and easy, stuffed with tangy cheese.
https://www.food24.com/recipe/stuffed-mushrooms-on-the-braai/
Thanks to Food24.com for this quick, tasty recipe.

Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake
A tasty traybake of mixed vegetables.
https://www.easypeasyfoodie.com/easy-christmas-vegetable-traybake/#wprm-recipe-container-8520
Thanks to Easypeasyfoodie.com for this quick and easy recipe.

Caramelized Lemon Tart
A tasty palate pleaser.
http://www.recipehow.com/caramelized-lemon-tart/
From all of us at Sims Gas, we wish you a wonderful festive season. We hope these recipes prepared on gas with love will live up to expectations and WOW you and your guests. Be safe and use your gas and gas appliances wisely!


Don’t run out of gas, order now to avoid that last minute panic. Visit our online orders page here now:
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We Deliver Diesel to your home or business!
Do you need diesel for your generators, a small fleet or for your forklifts? Contact Sims Gas  and we will deliver the diesel straight to your door.

Please note: the diesel price changes on a monthly basis so call or email our office for the latest price.

Phone: 0861 746 7427
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We will deliver to your home or business, so order today!

 

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Durban Phone: 031 902 6533
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