Do you know if you could see through the solid body of your domestic LPG cylinder then you would see it boiling like water? We kid you not! Each time you turn the gas appliance the LPG inside the vessel starts boiling. The gas boils at -42°C then turns into vapor. This is known as the process of vaporization. When the vapor comes in contact with fire (matches or lighters) then it keeps burning. Here we are listing some more facts like about the LPG cylinder:
1. Why red color?
The color of the cylinder is red because it’s such a color that can be seen from a distance. This is especially helpful when they are getting transported and can be seen by other vehicles instantly.
2. Why the odor?
We all have experienced the pungent smell of LPG gas at our home or roadside stalls. In reality, the LPG is odorless. However, an odorant called Ethyl Mercaptan is deliberately added. The smell helps in detecting a leak.
3. Why the bottom holes?
The holes are made to make sure that the surface remains corrosion free. During floor cleaning or other water contacts, the vessel is kept safe from corrosion.
4. Why only one shape?
If you observe then you will notice that most of the storage vessels are either circular or cylindrical in shape. The same is true for the LPG gas cylinders. These particular shapes help in uniform distribution of the pressure throughout the entire vessel.
5. What is LPG?
We all call it LPG cylinder but what does that stand for? Well, LPG is liquefied petroleum gas. It’s mostly butane or propane. This fuel is actually flammable mixtures of hydrocarbon gases. The gasses are compressed into a liquid form for use. Besides cooking, there are LPG variants used for fueling heating appliances and vehicles.
6. What is the weight?
The weight of the empty cylinder is about 15.3 kgs. The amount of gas filled is about 14.2 kgs. So, the total weight of a filled gas cylinder is around 29.5 kgs. However, the weight may slightly vary depending on manufacturers.
7. What is the expiry date?
If you haven’t noticed the mark on your domestic gas cylinder then have a look now. These numbers actually represent the month and year till when the cylinder can be used. Four letters are used A, B, C, and D.
A: January— March
B: April— June
C: July— September
D: October— December
The two digits following the letters are the year. For instance, if your cylinder is marked B-13 then it means that the product will expire in June 2013. Using an expired cylinder can prove lethal.
Here is a video showing how to put off fire from gas cylinder:
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