Information about gas fires and stoves

A gas fire creates warmth and ambience in your home with a push of a button. Are you considering buying a gas fire or gas heater, or replacing an existing stove? Then you undoubtedly want to know more about the possibilities. What is the difference between a gas fire and a gas heater? And can you install a gas fire in any home? DRU explains it and helps you choose an appliance that suits your needs. We describe the different combustion systems, and what you should pay attention to during installation and maintenance. We also tell you more about the different types of gas, consumption and efficiency of a gas fire. This will enable you to choose a gas fire or gas heater that suits you.

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Gas fires and stoves

Biopropane can be used with all propane gas applications, without any modification. Most modern fires can already be ordered with a propane burner. And you can also switch to (bio)propane for other appliances without any difficulty. Always consult a recognised installer. After all, you are working with gas and safety is very important.
In fact, (Bio)propane is the perfect alternative to natural gas. Whether for central heating, producing hot water, or cooking your daily meal: propane gas can do it all. Besides, propane can be used with almost all brands and types of heating and combi boilers, geysers and cookers. And gas stoves, not to mention.
Biopropane, or BioLPG, is a new type of propane gas. It is also called the energy source of the future. Partly because this by-product of biodiesel is produced entirely from sustainable raw materials, namely a mix of waste and residues and renewable vegetable oils. Biopropane emits as much as 80% less CO2 than regular propane gas, and also scores much better in terms of sulphur emissions.

A greener future
At the moment, biopropane is unfortunately not yet available to consumers, and is only offered to industrial users. All propane fires also run on biopropane, so as soon as biopropane is available to consumers, you can take advantage of it and contribute to a greener future.
Chemically, biopropane and propane are similar. But otherwise the two are completely different. Propane is extracted from gas fields, or as a by-product of oil refining. It is therefore a fossil fuel. In contrast, biopropane is made from renewable resources and consists of a mix of waste and residues and renewable vegetable oils. This gas is 100% sustainable.
Yes, biopropane is 100% sustainable. It is made from so-called sustainable feedstocks: a mix of waste and residues and renewable vegetable oils. 
Biopropane is a full and environmentally friendly alternative to ordinary propane. Chemically, the two are identical. Therefore, biopropane can be used in all propane gas plants.
Biopropane, or BioLPG, is a by-product of biodiesel and is produced entirely from renewable raw materials. Think of a mix of waste and residues such as animal fats and renewable vegetable oils such as corn oil. In the Netherlands, biopropane has been made exclusively by Benegas since 2018. At the moment, biopropane is not yet available for consumers, only for use in industry. The gas is a by-product of NExBTL biodiesel, which is produced by Neste.
You can fire a propane fire for as little as €3.54 per evening.
These costs are calculated based on our gas fire the Convexo Eco Wave, the average propane price and a heating time of four hours.
By using our Eco Wave feature, you can save up to 50% on your gas consumption. 

Otherwise, the cost obviously depends on your usage.
Most modern gas fires are easy to convert to propane. It is often a question of whether the conversion kit is available. A job for the installer. In some cases, the burner needs to be changed. Manufacturers have complete conversion kits for that. Our service engineer will carry out this conversion on site for you. Ask your dealer about the possibilities.
No, not quite. LPG stands for Liquified Petroleum Gas. Propane is an LPG, as is butane. A mix of these two gases is used as motor fuel for passenger cars. And so we also call those LPG. 

Pure propane gas
Gas cylinders and tanks in the Netherlands are almost always filled with pure propane gas. This is stored in liquid form and used in vapour form. This is because propane has a much lower boiling point than butane, so it remains in gaseous form up to 40 degrees below zero. This also makes it good for use in winter. Butane already liquefies at 0 degrees Celsius. In cars, this doesn't hurt because the engine keeps the gas warm. But if you want to take a gas bottle with you on winter sports, it is smart to make sure it contains propane gas.
No way, you can just have a propane gas bottle in your possession. Several bottles too.
With gas, you are always careful. It is important to ensure environmentally and fire-safe conditions. One such condition is good ventilation. The pressure propane exerts on a tank or gas cylinder depends on the temperature. The higher the temperature of the liquid, the higher the pressure of the gas. And the lower the temperature, the lower the pressure. This means that propane bottles should be protected from heat sources. For this reason, always put your gas bottle(s) in a well-ventilated, open place outdoors. Do not cover the bottle, even with a camouflage net. And make sure that any vegetation around the bottle does not obstruct ventilation.
This obviously depends on your consumption and the method of filling you choose. You can check the content yourself via a gauge on your gas tank. If the volume is lower than 20%, you order a new supply from the supplier. If you want to change gas cylinders less often, you can always choose to use larger ones. The standard model is a 10.5 kg bottle.
Propane has many advantages. First, it is easily transportable: under modest pressure, the vapour of propane gas turns into a liquid. This makes it easy to store and thus transport in specially manufactured tanks and bottles. When the pressure disappears, the liquid turns back into a gas.

Further advantages:
  • Usable in a variety of commercial and domestic applications, such as heating, hot water, cooking, lighting, power generation and industrial heating.
  • Can be packaged and stored in a variety of ways, from refillable gas cylinders to gas tanks.
  • Available in the most remote areas, improving the lives of millions of European citizens and providing fuel energy solutions for regional development in these remote areas.
  • An important alternative to chemicals in various agricultural applications, such as livestock cleaning or weed control.
  • One of the cleanest fuels in terms of CO2 emissions. In domestic and industrial use, propane produces on average 15% less CO2 per kilowatt-hour than petroleum, 50% less than coal and significantly less than the average European grid electricity. Its 'little brother' biopropane is even 100% renewable and chemically identical to propane.
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