Gas

THE ESSENTIALS

So, just to let you know, before I started any of this, I have never installed any gas appliances ever, so this took a lot of research.

When it comes to a gas solution for a van that is safe, that works and is relatively cheap there are a few options you can go with, weather that be an external tank located under the van, or just a simple canister that sits inside that you replace when empty.

After searching the internet, I came upon a company from the UK called GasIt. They sell a gas tank that sort of combines the benefits from the 2 options above, yet it will be cheaper in the long run.

So, what do I need?
  • Refillable gas cylinder tank.
  • Gas regulator.
  • LPG low pressure hose.
  • Gas fittings.
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    THE TANK + REFILLABLE HOSE
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    The tank I purchased for the van was a GasIt 11kg refillable tank. I went with this tank over a standard tank as not only does this have your standard valve for the tank to connect to a regulator then pipe to gas appliances, but its specifically made so you can refill it safely.

    You connect a hose to the tank that then runs through the van floor attached to the under-body. At the end of the hose, it has a bayonet fitting that is exposed. This then allows you to travel to your local petrol station that sells LPG, connect the pump hose to the van directly to the external bayonet mount, and proceed to fill the tank!

    It may be a little more expensive than standard tanks, but in the long run, with the cheap prices of LPG around Europe, it should work out cheaper. Gasit also sell bayonet adapters that allow you to fill gas in all European countries as the external bayonet fitting is not universal with the hose connectors.

    Another reason I went with this tank over others is it gives me a bit of confidence in the system, as having your head meters away from highly compressed gas can be a bit daunting.

    ITEMS

    GAS IT 11kg Refillable Gas bottle & Remote Fill System

    GAS CAN KILL, STAY SAFE

    GAS CAN KILL, STAY SAFE

    Always have your gas connections looked over by a qualified gas installer. Ventilation is key!

    GAS REGULATOR

    So, you now have the gas tank in, what next. Well being a highley copressed tank, you cant simply connect a hose as the pressure would be far to high. This is where a regulator comes in! ps. Here’s a good handy video on how a regulator works.

    The valve I have installed is a 37mbar Low Pressure Propane Regulator. This connects direct to the tank, so now when you open the valve, the gas comes out at a set pressure of, yes you guessed it 37mbar!

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    37mbar Low Pressure Propane Regulator with 21.8 LH Nut

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    LPG PIPE
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    So, gas tank in, check! Regulator fitted safely, done! Now its time to connect your appliances.

    Because the gas is no leaving the tank at a much lower pressure, you can fit low pressure pipes and fittings more safely.

    For the van, I have used 10mm LPG gas hose (the orange pipe you see on your BBQ) to run through the van behind the main units hidden out of sight. I have installed them in a way with safety in mind, attaching the hose with gas clips every 40cm or so directly to the wood, keeping it all safe when the van is in motion and preventing any problems to occur.

    When it comes to connecting the pipes to appliances, it all depends on the fitting built on to the unit themselves. (I cover that here)

    ITEMS

    8mm Gas Pipe – LPG

    GAS APPLIANCES
    GAS STOVE
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    Having looked all over the internet for a good solution when it came to a stove for cooking there was a few options.

    In the real world, an ‘all singing all dancing’ hob would of been fine, but I am constructing this van to a strict budget, so it has to be safe yet relatively inexpensive at the same time.

    I am not to sure of this purchase yet, as I am doing my research on the safety of this product, but I have installed a camping stove primarily used for camping outdoors.

    At £30 online this is a steal compared to the prices of £100-£250, but one thing I am slightly concerned about is how the valves will hold over time, especially from leakages, because I don’t think these are intended for a more permanent fixture.

    If you do have information, let me know in the comments below.

    WATER HEATER
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