Gas Information Gas is generally not dangerous unless one can smell it.   If one smells gas then the following procedure is applicable.

  1. Turn off the gas supply immediately.
  2. Ventilate the area by opening all windows and doors.
  3. Identify or get someone to identify and correct the leak.
  4. Do not switch a plug or switch on or off until the area has been well ventilated and the smell of gas is gone.

Gas Stoves Safety Options

When one purchases a gas stove one should look at the units that have the “safety flame out device” this device is especially good if there is a possibility of children fiddling with the controls. (Children of friends or grandchildren etc.)

Gas or Electric Ovens

The gas option is cheaper to run than an electric oven even if the gas prices do escalate. The gas oven does control the temperature and it needs one to just get used to the gas controls.

Looking after one’s  gas stove.

There are a few things one should keep in mind:- There are small jets in the burners on the stove and these can be seen on a lot of models. (it is a small brass nut at the bottom of the burner with a small hole in the centre) When cleaning the stove with a cloth one should not clean inside the burner with the cloth as, if there were food particles on the cloth then these can be pushed into the small hole in the jet thus blocking it. When the cast steel bits (the black covers over the burners and the grids on which the pots rest) are washed one should not soak these in water over-night as some water may be absorbed by the cast steel and due to the heating while cooking with time the cast steel may become brittle and break.

Gas Geysers

Gas geysers are more economical when compared to electric geysers. Due to the fact that there is no water storage. The water is heated as required.

Setting-up a Gas Geyser

The gas geyser should be set so that no cold water need be added for a shower for instance. There is no point heating the water and then cooling it by adding cold water, this is a waste of gas. There are generally two or three settings on the gas geysers. (Only the gas and the water controls to be discussed) Gas control. This has winter and summer settings. The winter setting has more gas going through to the burner to heat the water more. Water control. This control generally restricts the water flow through the heat exchanger so that less water will be heated more. In winter the water to the geyser is colder than in summer, thus more heat is required to get the water to an acceptable temperature for a shower or bath.

Electronic Gas Geysers

Today one can buy an electronically controlled gas geyser, this unit is very advanced in certain aspects and feels the same as an electric geyser as it controls the temperature very well. However, should there be an electricity cut for some reason then one will not have hot water as this unit is reliant on electrical supply to run certain functions. One can purchase a back power supply for the times when the power is off. Eg solar power.

Gas Heaters (fire places)

Gas heaters are generally very clean and relatively easy to use. Most gas heaters use around 1Kg of gas per hour. This means that a 48Kg gas cylinder will operate for max of 48Hours.