The Joys of GPL Gas

Mains gas has still not reached Longoio. In some other villages there is a central tank which is regularly filled and individually metered for those connected inhabitants, as in Lucignana.

At first a lack of mains gas for me was no problem: I’d get the gas cylinders (or bombole) from the local shop and cart them up to our house on the scooter.

That first Christmas in 2005 we’d spent with a log fire heating us, gas bombole cooking for us and an electric immersion heater supplying our hot water.

We decided we’d not want to spend another winter here with just one log fire so we got the builders and plumbers (and the permits) to install a central heating system. Bombole would clearly not be enough in this case so we arranged for a sunken gas tank to be installed at the permitted distance outside our house. Its capacity is 1000 litres but law only permits a maximum of 85% of it to be filled.

At close to 1 euro per litre, heating the house just on gas would be clearly rather costly so the central heating is only used until the house is sufficiently warm to be heated by the log fire or (if one is having a shower) by an electric fan heater.

For the supply of hot water we have a ceramic dish on the roof which heats water by convection and can be easily switched to gas if there is not sufficient sunlight to give hot water. (See also our post at https://longoio.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/something-nasty-in-the-woodshed/).

The tank was last filled in January of last year. I looked at the gauge yesterday and found it to be less than 30% full. So I decided to call our GPL supply company Beyfin to fill it up again. Fortunately, there is an access route wide enough (just!) for the delivery tanker. A decent length of pipe connected it to our tank and within ten minutes the filling operation was completed. The tank valve was also replaced (this must be done by law every two years).

GPL is certainly rather more expensive than mains gas. Not only is there the increased cost of non-mains gas but one has to purchase two extinguishers, both of which must be annually inspected (at a cost). Every two years that tank valve must also be replaced (another cost).

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But when there is no mains gas supply a GPL tank is a better alternative to carting bombole up to one’s house, They are quite  heavy and will get heavier the older one gets!

That’s one good reason for me to have a house with (small) gas tanker access and sufficient land around it to have a GPL tank placed in it at the statuary distance.

Actually for most of the day yesterday there was no need to have any heating on at all. Water for an afternoon shower was completely supplied by the ceramic “hotplate” and there was nothing better than sunbathing at temperatures above 20 degree centigrade on the terrace to dry off afterwards.

May the high pressure area continue to bless this part of the world!

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4 thoughts on “The Joys of GPL Gas

  1. I completely love the gift You have to turn the smallest (or biggest) problems into positive challenges, are able to paint and describe so-called negative situations in a positive light and have the vision to make the ordinary “extra-ordinary”. For me; these are powerful healing experiences, strong lessons and I’m continually inspired, moved and filled with gratitude when I read your postings – thank You, with Love Sangeet

  2. Verrry interesting post. Are there any plans to get a mains pipe up to the villages of the Controneria? Gas is hellish expensive.

  3. I think you already have my private email address from when I registered for your blog.
    Could you please email me so that I can send you a private email. There’s something I’d like to run by you in relation to my gas situation, but (for reasons that will become apparent when I email you) I would rather not put the information on the blog. Hope you don’t mind my asking.

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