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How exactly do Automatic Changeovers work?

How exactly do Automatic Changeovers work?
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BBQ Fittings Guide

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Tips on Fitting High Pressure Gas Regulators

Tips on Fitting High Pressure Gas Regulators

Propane cylinders possess higher pressures than butane gas cylinders. Cylinder regulators are designed to work independently as the valves are dissimilar. High pressure gas regulators are designed for 1 bar or 15 psi (pounds per square inch) or 2 bars (30 pounds per square inch) Low pressure propane regulators can handle gas pressures of 37 mbar. It is important to understand the ratings of the regulators as affixing a low pressure regulator for a high pressure installation will not allow the device to function properly.

Hose fitting to the regulator

British and European gas regulation standards mandate that regulators and hoses comply with updated regulations. For instance blue coloured cylinders should use 20 mm regulators while gold coloured cylinders should use 21 mm regulators. The hose should fit tightly to the regulator. The correct procedure of fitting the hose to the regulator is making use of a soapy liquid solution coating the nozzle of the regulator and then firmly pushing the hose to the end of the nozzle. Worm clip is then tightened or crimp-o-clip is also used to fasten the hose to the regulator tightly. The regulator is then fit over the gas cylinder valve. The gas supply is switched on by activating the lever on the regulator to the ‘ON’ position. Soap solution is then dripped lightly on the connection joint. If soap bubbles are formed it is indicative of gas leak. Retighten the worm clip and check again for leaks.


It is assumed that the high pressure gas regulator for propane and hose assembly is in compliance with British standards. To ensure that this condition is met it is important to source gas equipment products from a trusted and dependable source such as Gas Equipment Direct. They are in the business of distributing gas components for nearly three decades.

Created On  26 Jan 2020 14:54  -  Permalink
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Which gas regulator do I need?

Thereare a number of questions that always come up when searching for a gasregulator; which regulator for Calor gas, which gas regulator for BBQ, whichregulator for propane tank etc. Here at Gas Equipment Direct, our aim is to make it as easy aspossible for our customers to find the exact regulator they require.

We offer several low-pressure regulators including Propaneregulators, Butane regulators, Handwheel Propane regulators and Camping Gasregulators. We also offer high-pressure regulators for certain appliances andpheasant rearing, both of which require a larger operating pressure andcapacity.

All our regulators are colour coded to match the correspondingcylinder colours. Our butane regulators are blue in colour to match butane gascylinders and our propane regulators are red in colour to match the red propanegas cylinders.

The first thing you will need to do is decide which gas cylinderyou will be using. Although we can offer advice on this depending on your appliance and set-up, we would suggest speaking to a gas cylinder supplier or agas registered engineer first if you are unsure. If you are purchasing a BBQ,you can also seek advice from the store. Once you know whether you require aButane or a Propane regulator, the next step is deciding which regulator topurchase in this range.

Standard Propane

Bottles3.9kg Propane: 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator

Calor - Patio Gas

5kg Propane: 27mm clip on Propane Regulator

Flogas3.9kg Propane: 37Mbar Standard Propane Regulator

7kg Butane (Yellow Bottle): 21mm clip on Butane Regulator

13kg Butane(Yellow Bottle): 21mm clip on Butane Regulator

Please note that Propane gas cylinders contain considerably greater pressure than Butane cylinders and as a result, regulators are designed for use with either Propane or Butane and are not interchangeable because of their different design pressures and the different connections on the cylinder itself.

To find the correct regulator for an existing appliance, please check the appliance data sheet or examine the appliance itself. There should be a data plate or instruction manual stating the required output and inlet pressure. If you have this information, then please feel free to contact us and we will point you in the right direction.

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How a Safety Regulator Works In a Gas Supply System

Any system that uses gaseous fuels as a source of power needs to be protected in order to keep the surroundings safe and secure. Having the necessary safety gear and devices is vital to ensuring the safety of those in the immediate vicinity of the system. If you are setting up an LPG system, make sure you get the help of a qualified technician to do it. Installing regulatory valves and components will help you control the flow of the gasses through the system and also act as preventive barriers between the appliances and the storage tanks.

Primary safety function

The primary function of any low pressure propane gas regulator is to make sure that the fuel is ready and available for use as and when a particular appliance demands it. It acts as a mediator between the fuel tank and the appliances, matching the flow of fuel to the level of demand. If the demand is low, the device reduces the flow and when the demand is high, it pushes through a higher volume of the fuel to the appliance. The device usually consists of a loading element, a measuring element, and a restricting element.

How it works

All the three elements combine together in a systematic way to ensure that the low pressure gas regulator works perfectly well. The restricting element restricts the flow of the fuel in varying degrees, as and how it is required by the appliance. The loading element is the part that applies the necessary force on the restricting element. This is usually done with the help of a spring, or weight, or a spring in combination with a diaphragm actuator. The measuring element’s function is to identify when the outlet flow is the same as the inflow. All these work together to provide optimum safety.

Created On  1 Jan 2020 14:59  -  Permalink
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How to read my Electric and Gas Meter

How to read my Electric and Gas Meter

It's a good idea to know
your gas and electricity meter readings. You can keep an eye on the
energy you're using and make sure your bills are accurate. Our meter
reading guide shows how to read different types of gas and electric meters,
and how to submit them to your energy supplier.

If you have read this
guide and are still unsure as to how you read your meter, please contact your
supplier and asked them to go through this over the phone with you.

note that smart meters are currently being installed across the UK as part of
the UK wide government roll-out, so if you have a smart meter you may no longer
have to manually submit readings again as your supplier will automatically
receive these readings.

Electric Meter Reading


your meter looks like the image below, read the meter display from left to right, and
ignore ant numbers in red which usually spear after a decimal point or space.

note that if you have an Economy 7 or a Domestic Economy Meter, you will have
two rows of figures. The ‘Low’ row shows the reading for off-peak times and the
‘Normal’ row shows the reading for peak time.


older Electronic Meters have dials instead of a digital row of numbers (please
see below):

reading a dial meter, you will need to read from left to right and ignore the
dial that is marked 1/10. If the hand on the dial is between 2 numbers, please
take note of the lower number, however if the dial hand is between 0 and 9, you
must always note down the number as 9. Please note that this is only the case
when the 9 is where 1 o’clock would be on a clock, for example dial 2 and 4.

the pointer is exactly on a number, but the reading on the dial after it is 9,
take one away from that number. For example, dial 3 above is pointing exactly
on 7, yet dial 4 is pointing to 9, therefore dial 3 would actually be read as 6
and not 7. Looking at the example above, the dial would be read as 94694.

Gas Meter Reading


your digital screen looks like the one below, read the first 4 numbers from
left to right.

your reading, do not include any numbers in red, or any numbers after the first
red number. This same rule applies if your gas meter is metric, however in this
case you will need to read the first 5 numbers.

Gas Meters:

older Gas Meters use dials instead of a digital screen. A Gas Meter dial will
be similar to the below image:


When reading a
dial gas meter, you must read the dials from left to right, but note that you
will ignore the largest dial on the screen, along with the red dial.

If the hand on
the dial is between 2 numbers, record the lower value. However, if the pointer
is between 0 and 9 as shown on the first dial above, record the number as 9. If
any of the dials point exactly to 9, take away 1 from the dial before. For
example, dial 4 point to 9, therefore dial 3 will be recorded as 6 and not 7. Therefore,
the above example would be recorded as 9469.

Disover our range of meter boxes.

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