In recent times, cooking has gone beyond using a kerosene stove, firewood, or charcoal stove. People now make use of gas cookers which are much easy, faster, and neater to use. Hardly will you see a home in 2020 without a gas cooker even if it is the smallest cylinder with the burner on it.
People have switched to using gas especially when the price of kerosene keeps going up and the electricity to power the electric cooker is unstable.
Cooking gas also known as liquefied petroleum gas ( LPG) burns clearly, it’s non-toxic and it doesn’t pollute the atmosphere. It is relatively cheap and accessible everywhere in Nigeria.
As said, gas cookers are powered by cooking gas even though this gas can be used for lighting, heating, and refrigerating.Cooking gas is stored in gas Cylinders and these cylinders come in different sizes.
This post will enlighten you on the different sizes of gas cylinders available as well as their various prices in Nigeria.
Gas Cylinders in Nigeria
Gas cylinders come in different sizes and the size which you will go for depends on the purpose to serve as well as usage.
The smaller cylinders are mostly used domestically in homes for cooking, baking, grilling, and other cooking activities. While the big ones are used at the for industrial purpose, it is used at bakeries, public institutions, hotels, restaurants, grills among other places.
The different sizes of gas cylinders available are listed below
Prices of Gas Cylinders in Nigeria
There are two major gas cylinders and they are the traditional gas cylinder and the Lite Safe LPG Composite Cylinders.
The traditional gas cylinder is the conventional cylinder we see everywhere which most people have. It comes cheap and affordable.
The Lite Safe LPG Composite Cylinders is a safety-conscious gas cylinder produced by the gas cylinder manufacturers to prevent users from explosion and other gas-related accidents.
This particular type of gas cylinder price comes expensive than the traditional ones and it’s not yet common maybe because of the cost as it is sold within ₦32,000 and N35,000.
Although the LPG Composite Cylinder is expensive, it has its benefits which include:
Non-corrosive and non-rust
Made with recyclable materials
Lightweight and efficient
You can see the Composite cylinders comes with a whole lot of package which makes it suitable for use.
Prices of other gas cylinders and their accessories are listed below to help you when planning or making your budget to get either the cylinder or accessories.
3 kg cylinder
This 3kg cylinder is sold within N7,500 and N9,000. Mostly it comes with the burner. It is often re-fill within the range of N900 to N1,200.
5 kg cylinder
The cylinder comes in the form of a stove which has a stainless steel burner that can serve a domestic purpose.
The 5kg cylinder’s cost is within N8000 and N14000 without a burner. It cost more with the burner.
Generally, the price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder varies and it ranges between N 1,800 and N2,000.
12.5 kg cylinder
This particular cylinder cost between N10000 and N16000. The 12.5 kg gas cylinder is built with a brass valve and high quality reinforced metal which makes it very strong and durable thereby preventing leaks.
The cost of refilling a 12.5kg cylinder is between N4000 and N4200
50 kg cylinder
This is a big cylinder; it is often used for an industrial purpose or an event. It is sold between N20,000 and ₦60,000.
Here’s an overview of cylinder prices in Nigeria
3kg cylinder with burner | ₦8,000 – ₦10,000
5kg cylinder with Burner | ₦9,000 – ₦14,000
6kg cylinder with burner | ₦14,000
5kg cylinder | ₦7,000 – ₦16,000
25kg cylinder| ₦27,000
50kg cylinders | ₦20,000 – ₦60,000
Aside from these new cylinders, used ones are also available for sale at a cheaper rate depending on the size you want.
A 12kg used cylinder is sold for almost the same price as that of a 6.5kg cylinder. They are both sold for #12,000.
Apart from the new cylinders and fairly used ones we also have the imported one which comes expensive than others. For a brand new %kg imported cylinder is is sold around ₦35,000, while the used one goes for N12,000.
Also, there is another anti-explosive gas cylinder just like the composite cylinder but only the upper part is anti-explosive and the 12.5kg size is sold for ₦18,000.
Cooking Gas Accessories
When using gas cookers, there are accessories that are used with them and they are also important things that you need to know their prices.
These accessories include:
Anti-rust cylinder cover goes for around ₦1,000
Gas cylinder hose (20 yards) is sold for about ₦7,000
Gas cylinder hose (50 yards) sells around ₦12,500
Anti-rust sitter with burner goes for about ₦4,800
Safety Tips on Usage of Gas
When using LPG, there are some guidelines and precautions to take. Explosions are common to this particular kind of fuel so there are some safety precautions to follow when using gas, especially in the home.
These tips are highlighted below:
Install a smoke detector around your house.
This is something that will help to prevent fire accidents because having a filled gas cylinder at home invites risk.
Installing a detector at home will help in giving an early warning signal to smoke before the gas cylinder catches fire or explodes.
Store gas cylinder properly
When choosing a location for your cylinder ensure it is a safe place. If it is stored outside, put it in a cool place, keep away from the sun. But if you are keeping it inside, make sure the gas cylinder is in a place with proper ventilation to avoid collecting gas during leakage.
Make sure it is not placed closely with electrical appliances, flammables, and it should be far from where activities such as phone calls, TV, internet browsing and so forth.
Also, ensure the cylinder is placed on a balanced ground or a leveled object where it is less likely to fall as the fall of the gas cylinder posses danger and it can also destroy the valve.
When making use of gas to cook, ensure you are in a properly ventilated area.
Avoid flammable object close to the cooking area, monitor your cooking and always remember to switch off the regulator when the gas cooker is not in use.
Get your cylinders from trusted and authorized distributors
Make sure you buy the gas cylinder and gas from an authorized distributor. Check the necessary information before purchase.
Ensure that the gas cylinder is in good condition as at the time of purchase. Try as much as possible to stick to one dealer when patronizing any LPG store.
Move your cylinder safely.
When transporting the cylinder, avoid rolling it or dropping it with full force on the ground as it may damage the valve and also cause the leaking of the cylinder.
Do Thorough Check of the Cylinder frequently
Always check the body of the cylinder and in case of any leak do not manage it, turn off the regulator and open windows for ventilation after that fix the cylinder.
Educate people in the area of use on the guidelines to follow
When using gas, you are not the only one to be careful but the whole of your house or office. Ensure people around you are well informed on the safety guidelines to follow when using gas cookers. Discuss it often and remind them frequently on the danger the improper use can cause and how to handle any mishap that comes from gas.
You can get cylinders both on online and offline stores around your locality. Remember that the purpose determines the size which you are going for and also the money at hand matters a lot. Gas cylinder prices vary across stores.