Cooking In The Philippines With Liquid Propane Gas (LPG)

Cooking In Philippines With Liquid Propane Gas

LPG Is Necessary But Be Careful

Just today there was a gas explosion in Manila caused by an LPG leak. Fortunately there are not more explosions like that one. The actual leaking LPG connections and hoses is probably quite common, but environmental factors do not allow the gas to pool in concentrations high enough to explode. 

We used to have a bigger problem with leaks when we used the black rubber hoses. They were particularly prone to cracking. I switched to the orange type and immediately noticed that a canister of LPG would last several weeks longer:

lpg regulator and hose

I test the connections with a soapy sponge when I replace the canister and every couple of weeks after. The gas had been escaping from tiny cracks in the black hoses, but had not caused a problem since our kitchen has ample airflow to the outside.

LPG Canister And Accessories

The LPG canisters that we use contain about 11.2kg of LPG and each one lasts about three months with daily use:

an lpg canister

It's tough to get into the habit of closing the valve when you are done cooking, especially when multiple people are using the unit throughout the day, but it needs to be done. At the very least it should be closed each night.This will prevent surprise leaks.

When you buy gas for the first time you will have to pay the canister deposit, which is about 2000 PHP ($40). After that you just trade in your empty canister for a full one and that runs about 860 PHP right now. We keep two canisters so we are never without gas for cooking. 

When it comes to picking a regulator I have found that simple and cheap is the best choice. The fancy ones with gauges have never lasted long.

Choosing An LPG Stove

We have two LPG stoves. The first is a freestanding plain-jane white range:

Freestanding LPG range

You bought our no-frills model 10 years ago for around 18,000 PHP ($350). 

Now there is a much greater selection at the mall near us with better units for less money:

The range above is priced at just under 16k PHP, but I have seen even better for even less. If you live in a bigger city, then you should be able to do very well for both variety and price.

If your tastes are more refined, then you would not have any problem picking up a professional grade unit in most any of the larger cities.

We use the range only when we have a larger item that needs roasting. Our day-to-day workhorse is our counter-top two-burner:

countertop LPG stove

You can find high-end hobs just about everywhere in the Philippines, but we went cheap with a 2000 PHP tabletop unit ($40). But these also come in a wide range of varieties and prices.

1 comment:

Monu said...

Yes, LPG is a commonly used fuel for cooking. The post you have shared here helped me to know about LPG Leak. Thanks for sharing the useful post.
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