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We are the only gas lifestyle destination company in Gauteng. And by gas lifestyle we mean uninterrupted! Uninterrupted by power failures, uninterrupted by frustrating billing nonsense, uninterrupted by incompetent officials that can't answer your queries. Uninterrupted.
We get that your home is your castle, we get that service is breaking china, we get that getting on board with gas is a scary start, we get that compliance is complicated and messy and confusing, we get that showering at the gym sucks, we get that electricity is getting expensive, We get that cooking with gas is a basic human right, we get that technology solves problems, we get that you want to be held and cuddled after the sale is concluded, we get that angry customers are also without fail customers that aren't being heard. We get you.
We know a dirty little secret. Gas is the only viable, affordable and accessible alternative fuel source. And we want to shout it from roof tops at the top of our lungs.
We're really friggin' old. We're been around since 1947. We were among the very first companies to start selling bottled gas when it originally got certified for sale in SA. We were founding members of the Gas Safety Association, the umbrella body that represents our industry. We've got installation in the field that are older than Justin Bieber's mom.
TGC - FTW
Get a free peak into the world of gas for your home, you very existence and you place in the universe will never feel the same again.
Remember, we do anything gas for the home consumer, we also supply the complete range of home appliances at prices that make our competitions eye's water. We can install everything we sell or we don't sell it. We offer extended warranties on everything we sell because we stand by our products. We also offer maintenance plans on serviceable components on big ticket appliances, for your peace of mind.
Our elevator pitch is; "we are the turnkey home appliance store with a strong gas bent".
Messages are responded to within two hours (during business hours, have a heart). If not, I owe you a beer!
We've made ordering your gas exchange so simple that running out of gas now truly is optional. It's something you do if you don't have the heart to tell you significant other their cooking sucks and you really feel like oily deep fried chicken fromfor supper tonight.
We've been sitting around the negotiation table hammering out some new strategic deals which allow us exchange any brand, color, size, race, ethnicity, religious preference or sexual orientation of gas bottle, no problem.
The world's a connected place today, there are fridges connected to the internet to let you know when the milk is finished. There are toasters that can kick off a internet routine of your choice, so you can play the yellow rose of texas when you toast pops-up, on your phone. It's a wonderful revolution we are living through. And we want to be a part of it. One of our values, after all, is to embrace technology wherever it makes sense, and another is to be first and best.
So we have hooked up a host of options using technology to assist with ordering. The whole trick is to get yourself
Some bottles are refill only, some bottles are exchange only and some bottles swing both ways 🤨.
The beauty of exchange bottles is you hand the old one in and you get a full one back. The beauty of a refill bottles is you get to stand in a queue and wait for the refill elf to fill the bottle up. As a bonus you also get your original bottle back and most importantly you only pay for what actually went into the bottle.
We weigh every bottle before we top-up and you only pay for the difference.
A serious nuisance with the refill bottles is that you have to be there in person, kinda like home affairs and ID books but without the profound inefficiency and bureaucracy. Also our system isn't always down.
One of our values is to "break china for the client" which means bending over backwards to solve nuisances where we can - scratching your itches if you will. So we now run a collect and refill and return service. It's clunky and it's never gonna make us rich, but it does make your life a little easier if getting you bottle refilled is problematic for you.
Honestly, who wants to drive around with 100 kilos of gas in the back of the car, rattling around scuffing the Merc? Just because it's the spare car doesn't mean we shouldn't look after it.
While Amazon is playing the fool working out how to deliver your new earphones with a drone, we are tackling real world problems. It's gonna be a while before a drone can deliver your 100Kg gas bottle and hook ip up for you. And when it can, COSATU is probably going to have it's own view on how cool that is or isn't.
But fear not, we've got something better than drones, we've got delivery elves. They can carry heavy shit and you can tip em if you liked the service. What do you think the drone will even do with your five-bob tip?
You know how you meant to send yourself a reminder email after you switched over the bottle and then the dog ate the cat and you go distracted? Well now both bottles are empty and you've got no gas. What you do have is a levitating wife aggressively riding the broom like a skateboard scaring the bejesus out of you.
No worries mate. We do urgent deliveries, in fact we've perfected the art of deliveries. Non urgent deliveries are always 100% free and will take a maximum of 5 days, this is the option to choose if the dog didn't eat the cat and you never got distracted. Urgent but can live with KFC tonight? We deliver next day for a small fee. Urgent and significant other is the throwing the broom into corners like a rabid-rossi? If you are in Centurion, Pretoria or Jozi we will deliver within 3 hours for a small fee plus another small fee on top of that small fee.
So, gas cages are scary places where the flowers never grow and spiders spin their wicked webs. Not a place for your perfectly [french]manicured hands - George!
If you ask you delivery elf, he/she (well it really because elf) will hook your bottle up for you and look strong an confident doing it. So you get your bottle connected and a free metal picture to perv over.
We strongly believe in keeping you safe because a dead you does nothing for our "lifetime customer value" metrics, and also because a dead you is bad press and also cos a dead you brings inspectors with their dreaded questions. Also, a bottle that empties too quickly is going to ultimately end up as our problem to resolve. So you can see we've got skin in the game when it comes to keeping your installation safe and leaky-leak free.
Every time we deliver, our surprisingly good looking delivery elves will do a basic check of your installation, o-rings we replace for free, anything else that's worrying and the delightfully-drop-dead-delivery-dude will let us know and we'll let you know.
Our online gas service is provided by our sister company, Mzansigas. You can expect even better service, friendlier peeps and faster turn arounds.
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It makes stuff float and grown men squeak.
We sell disposable canisters for all your party needs. They can fill around 50 balloons and you toss the cylinder when your done. Or you can build one of these...
If it's permanent in nature it's gotta have a CoC. That's what the groot baas at the department of labour mandated.
Like all things legal, there's a whole quagmire of information, misinformation, FUD, fear-mongering and Trump style fake-news out there.
If we peel back the layers, there really are two areas of focus in the law that we can consider first principals.
Obviously there is a ton of other compliance regulations that need to be met before an installation can be considered compliant, but it is incumbent on the installer rather than the consumer to be aware of these.
You as the consumer need to be confident that your appliance you are installing is registered as a compliant tested appliance in SA. And you may need to get involved in the installation process when it comes to the location of the bottles. Pretty much everything else is business as usual.
Your faithful old skottel braai you slap together on a fishing trip to make your breakfast-grease-up doesn't. Pretty much everything else does.
No, the bottles inform what constitutes a single installation, the number of appliances connected to the same line are not significant. If you have two banks of bottles at a single premises, you will need two CoCs.
The regulations informing the Coc are reviewed every 3 years, but the compliance certificate does not expire per se. If you want to transfer property the conveyancers will almost definitely want a new CoC issued. Insurance has also started taking a harder line on CoC requirements.
So, the department of labour (DOL) is ultimately responsible for registering qualifications. They have mandated the SAQCC with getting the job done. To issue a CoC you need to be registered on the SAQCC database which means you've passed a quiz and shown you know what you are doing.
Ask your neighbor.
Is it permanent?
Yep, internal installations are allowed. Up to 9Kg's in a flat, up to 19Kg's in a house. You're gonna need to forfeit a whole cupboard to the bottles though, so you may wanna check with the kitchen boss.
Let's jst get this out the way right up front. Any gas installation that's permanent in nature's gotta have a CoC, and the CoC's gotta be issued by a registered installer. Thems the law.
It's a piece of paper signed by a registered installer certifying that he/she checked your gas installation and found it to be compliant with the regulations as they stand at the moment. Currently, a CoC has to be issued from a carbon-copy CoC book issued by the gas safety association. No electronic CoC's exist. If you installer issued you one, you was robbed.
You need a CoC if you have a gas installation, it protects you from your idiot neighbors when they decide to do some dodgy home spun spoeg-n-plak gas installation on a shoe-string budget. It also breaks your insurance brokers heart when he can't refuse a claim because you're paperwork is up to date (this alone is reason to frame the thing). Also conveyancers charge per line item, so if they can add an extra line item they do, they don't really care what the paperwork is they're shifting, they just gotta shift something because line items.
You need two things.
We've got a whole lot of point #2s, but #1 is the deal breaker. The regulations are reviewed every 3 years, so even if your installation was certified and you had a compliance certificate (which you decided to feed the dog his breakfast on), there is no guarantee that the installation can be certified now. Also, bear in mind that when an installer signs off a fellow installers' installation, he/she is taking complete ownership and absolving said fellow of any responsibility. That right there is not what we call incentive. So pucker up, you shouldn't have fed the dog the old one.
Realistically, it's a crapshoot, sometimes we see 5 year old installations that are 100% certifiable (like our last president) and sometimes we see much newer installation where the client was hustled. Your mileage will vary.
If the installation is compliant, minutes. If not then it depends on what is wrong with it, but most of the time, it's a single visit to sort out the offending bits and then we can sign. So anything from hours to days. Usually less than 2 days.
There is no such thing, our industry is just not that sophisticated. But we can issue a certificate on an installation that is still under maintenance but that we know we will make compliant. We condemn the installation in the meantime and remove any way for you to connect the line up to a gas feed. This buys us time to complete while you get the certificate to feed your dog off again.
Ironically so is the thing you are paying with, you tight schmuck. Anyway, I already told you, the new installer signing off takes complete responsibility for the whole installation. Nobody's gonna sign up for that without a carrot dangling somewhere.
You can send in photos and we can usually tell with a fairly high confidence level if your installation is certifiable, but the only way to know for sure is to be there and inspect. The physical inspection has to take place, there's no getting around that.
Hackers around the world are setting up an army of IOT bots driving us kicking and screaming into the internet age where we welcome our dystopian future. And since one of our core values is community, we decided we need to be part of this conspiracy.
Much like the cloud and big data, nobody really knows what IOT actually is, but we're entrepreneurs here, so we don't let things like reality get in the way.
In 2017 we already commissioned the development of an "automated notification system for domestic gas installations". Which pretty much sums the project up in a nutshell. We fed the developers pizza and a 40 Meg tunnel to the smut pipeinternet for a couple o' months. And in early 2018, they gave us a thing which is both "unique and first", which happens to be another one of our core values, so we rewarded ourselves by expanding the solution to include commercial and industrial requirements.
Fast forward a couple of software and hardware iterations and we have finally released this beast onto the unsuspecting public.
It all starts with an itch (and sometimes all ends with an itch). All progress the world has ever seen is driven by some poor clot that's unhappy with the current state of affairs (got an itch), who decides to jump down the rabbit hole and see where trying to fix it leads.
For us the itch was running out of gas without any warning. Oddly enough, we're all gas consumers here (eat your own dog food and all that), and while running out of gas halfway through an epic spag-bol cooking marathon is livable (even if it means you have to put the Pinotage down to switch over). Running out halfway through a shower (usually the "I'm now 80% covered in lather half") in the middle of winter at 4am (because late night) with a hangover is less fun!
Auto-changeover regulators have been available on the market for years. These little monsters will "sense" when the currently active bottle runs dry and automatically switch over to the other bottle/bank. They're the bomb! At least until the second bottle/bank runs dry. Now we've run out of gas and we've already consumed the backup supply. Probably because of it's freakish similarity to government bureaucracy, it's never really been a very popular option.
But if we could find a way for the auto-changover to tell us when it's changed bottles/banks we may be onto something?
It turns out, others agree with us that sensing if the auto-changeover has sensed that the bottle has run dry is a sensible thing to do, so they build 'em with a little indicator, black for "sharp" and red for shit-is-fubar.
If we can only find a way to read that indicator...
You can, with a microprocessor, which means nerds.
Nerds can do clever stuff, and they use silicone for completely different things to what Hollywood celebs use it for.
Hooking the microprocessor up to the auto-changeover regulator means we can now automagically detect when the bottles/bank has switched over
Now if only there were a way to get notified when this happens
You can, but you need a different kind of nerd.
So data goes into the microprocessor from the auto-changeover regulator (try keep up this is important), and data goes out from the microprocessor to our servers hosted in the ☁️. The data travels through the air via these invisible things call "waves" and reaches the ☁️ at speeds between the speed of sound and the speed of light. No really.
The microprocessor is told to update us ever 4 minutes of the status of your bottles/bank (remember "sharp" or "fubar").
Our servers in the cloud have software that continually monitors all the telemetry enabled installations out there and updates us when things happen we need to know about, most significantly, when your bank changes over.
We then notify you. You drop some bucks in our bank account and our delivery elves make sure we are never the reason you have put you Pinotage down.
A gas lifestyle means
Everyone already knows The Gas Company for all things gas in the home. Now we're taking that same outstanding service and attention to detail and applying it to the corporate sector.
We've decided it's time to eat the oil spill giant's lunch.
Boy have we got a solution for you.
Smart, managed gas solutions are what we're talking about here. While our competitors are bumbling around squabling over what a desposit on a bottle should cost, we've been busy building our IOT telemetry solution that communicates with us 24/7, giving us a health update on your installation every 5 minutes.
With our managed telemetry solution we take your gas worries off your shoulders so you can focus on pampering that crap out of your guests. Never worry about running out of gas again.
All backed up by a 2 hour turn-around SLA, emergency contact number and our 7 day working week.Get in Contact
Partly because the joy of seeing a mind opening up and consuming the environment critically and questioningly is possibly the very essense of what makes humanity spectacular, but mostly because uneducated people are likely to grow up and rob us one day.
With our managed telemetry solution you can focus on producing ivy league business moguls and other border line criminal titans of industry while we make sure your lunch-time chicken-mayo is warm.
Lord knows, there's not much respite for a teacher, we feel you at least deserve that.
We guarantee our promise with a 2 hour turn-around SLA emergency contact number and 7 day work week.Get in Contact
I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse. Florence Nightingale.
When you think of hospital horror stories, the classic medical dramas bring to mind images of sirens and clinical lights and doctors in scrubs performing critical surgery on a gurney in the passage with a rusty McGuyver knife for a scalpel.
But we believe the real hero in the hospital is that doggedly resistant to ambient environment rubbery raspberry jelly and runny custard you get after waking from anesthetic.
It is after all the first thing you see before you realise they removed the wrong foot.
With our guaranteed delivery managed telemetry solution, you can focus on removing therightcorrect foot while we focus on ensuring you're able to "make" that jelly and runny custard.Get in Contact
Baby boomers, as the marketing fools like to call all close-but-not-quite-dead-yet people, think gas braais are kak. For the most part their kids do too. But THEIR kids (don't blame me, the language is inherently ambiguous) have fully embraced the [outdoor] cooking with gas lifestyle.
Millennials, being Lazy and impatient, were never really going to get the sitting around the braai killing time vibe, for them eating seems to be a means to an end. Exactly what the end [ever] is remains a mystery to everyone including the millennial.
The point is, gas braais have arrived. And bizarrely, the millennials are right. Gas braais are super quick and super convenient. Of course this does still conflict with the reason the baby boomer braais in the first place which has more to do with brandy than with haute cuisine, so there's that. But what do they know anyway?
Gas braais are as clean as Ghandi's soul to operate, so now you can braai INDOORS with only minimal degradation in your already tenuous relationship with your much more likable significant other.
A really important but routinely overlooked fact about gas braais, is that little Bubba can start the braai on his way back from fetching you a cold one from the 'fridgerator, braaing starts when the the grill sears the first slab of steak, and not a moment before then. Only an drunktard arsonist let's their kids start the charcoal BBQ.
You can adjust the temperature on a gas braai, so no more eating charcoal flavoured smoked chicken because the friggin thing takes so long to cook on the braai that the coals died before the chicken did. And being the young woodchuck you are you threw the rest of the bag of (only once rained on) charcoal to save the day. Who cooks white meat on the braai anyway?
There's a fast food brand that's built their whole value proposition on delivering flame grilled food, because it just tastes better. I've never seen 'em whip out a 50Kg bag of fresh naturally roasted premium Mozambican charcoal to get the party started. Gas bitches, just saying.
There's really two approaches to braaing, one is to beat you hunger into subjugation with alcohol and then eat whatever remains and the other is to delight your senses with good food. If you find yourself in the second camp you might value the speed advantage a gas braai offers. If your starch is done before your meat is done you're not cooking with gas.
Oh and when your charcoal got wet because Brandy (of this 🍾 variety not the 💃🏻 kind) played such a dominant role in the last braai session, good luck getting the braai started. These are luddite problems, you're better than that.
It's time we relegated charcoal to where it belongs, lining the isles of self help seminars all over the world teaching you that you too can walk across hot embers because mind over matter and all that.
Gas braais, more of our Get it done right, get it done right now™you're welcome
Let's first agree on some sematics.
The poms call thisa geyser
The yanks call thisa geyser
When we are talking about gas geysers in South Africa we are almost always talking aboutinstantaneousgaswater heatingsystems
You do also get gas water storage heating solutions, but they suffer from the same efficiency shortcomings that the old donkey currently in your ceiling suffers from. So you'll be hard pressed to find them.
The ″instantaneous″ aspect is really significant. You know how those dodgy marketing shysters Pritt evocative words to crappy objects to make you fall in love with 'em? We'll instantaneous in this context is friggin nothing like that. These things really are instantaneous, they heat the water as it flows through. The water enters the unit as cold as a witches heart and pops out the other side as hot as twin-6'-Norwegian-Cosmo-models juggling chainsaws. The big units generate around 50Kw of energy, which is about the same power output as the Honda we bought granny as arun-overrun-around last year.
We make a really big deal of this instantaneous thing because it gifts us two things of epic beauty.
The first point kinda speaks for itself. All the non-instantaneous (so storage) units available (including your crappy electrical unit you currently have) keep warming the water in the storage tank all the time. This is so that when your grace decides now you want to wash your ass, the hot water is immediately available. Instantaneous units change up this design, when you need a scrub, you open the tap and 50Kw of thermal energy beat the water into being as warm as you want it to be. Turn off the tap and there is peace waterland again. There is no need keep the water warm because ″instantaneous″
Never run out of hot water is perhaps a bit cavalier, you can run out of hot water. If you run out of water or if you run out of gas. Get a borehole if the first point scares you. And if you ever run out of gas I really can't respect you anymore, you can only blame yourself! Also, get yourself hooked up with🖧 telemetryand this will never happen.
In order to achieve combustion you need 3 things. A combustible material (gas), oxygen and a spark to start the process. So your geyser is gonna need a way to generate a spark, and there are 3 distinct solutions on the market to achieve this.
All the higher output geysers use electricity to achieve this high output (among other things) and obviously once the unit is using electrical power anyway, you may as well generate the spark using this power source. So all the high output units use electricity for spark generation. If you pick a unit that requires electrical power, it'll use electricity for spark generation.
Hydro generation is genius. It works by using the flow of the water through the geysers when it's on to turn a tiny little turbine which generates enough power to cause a spark. The benefit is that you will never have to replace batteries. At the moment only one range is available on the market with hydro ignition and that's the Bosch mechanical range.
All other units are battery operated. Battery operated ignition is a very simple solution for mechanical units that have no electrical power supply. Batteries need to be replaced every 9 months or so, and apart from batteries running out the ignition system runs flawlessly.
Trying to understand the relationship/difference between water flow and water pressure is going to do your head in. That's why we end up using the two terms interchangeably. Flow rate is actuallyperinversely proportionate to the pressure (think about it, when you open the tap you increase the flow rate from 0 to some few litres per minute, and drop the pressure). Flow rate is measured in litres per minute, pressure is measured in Bar or Pascal.
Pretty inconveniently, geysers are rated in litres per minute (at Δ 25 ℃.), and water piping systems are rated in bar, and there is no way to directly convert between the two. Things like thickness of piping, type of piping, number of bends, run length of piping all affect the pressure to flow rate ratio.
Water pressure, and therefore water flow affects two things
Municipal water supply in the 'burbs is usually somewhere between 2 and 6 bar, but can be lower or higher depending on you pipe sizing, distance from water tower, elevation relative to water tower etc.
Anything below 2.5 bar and you're approaching pretty kak welfare-shower territory. Pressures about 6 bar and you may want to regulate the pressure down before you wash your skin off.
Instantaneous gas water heaters have an operating range for input water pressure and it differs from model to model. What's salient here is; if your water pressure is anything above 7 bar or anything below 1.5 bar you gonna need to remove some of the models from your consideration list cos they won't work.
Like cream, and playboy bunnies, thicker is better when it comes to both water and gas piping. You can never go too thick, but you can certainly find your piping is too thin to supply the geyser effectively.
There are a few things that'll effect the piping thickness requirements.
As a rule of thumb, for gas reticulation, units below 20Lpm can get away with piping smaller than 20mm in diameter, units 20Lpm and larger require piping thicker than 20mm.
You can be independent or you can rely on the state. If you choose to rely on the state then you can not live uninterrupted. End of discussion.
Policing, health care, education, electricity supply, these are all areas where the state has a proven track record of sub-optimal delivery. There is no coherent reason to believe it will change.
Take a very simple ″policy decision″ of your own and reduce your reliance on the state and you get back in control of your lifestyle.r
There's a lot of moving parts involved when you replace the hot water system in your home (or design a new one). For the most part it's pretty smooth sailing. I've just highlighted a couple of nuances to consider then it comes to gas gsyer installation. For more information on geysers check out the installation section of this site.
Firstly, remember, there are two "plumbing" aspects to a gas geyser installation.
Most gas companies installing gas geysers can do both, but of course you can get your own plumber to do the plumbing and get the gas company to do the gas reticulation. Just bear in mind you run the risk of each party blame each other if things are not up to scratch.
Because gas geysers are instantaneous, where you place the geyser is significant. Two things are significantly affected by location (distance from geyser to faucet).
Waiting for the hot water to arrive drives humans insane, on gupta-style-palaces, they ever put circulating pumps into the mains so the water is permanently heated and ready to rock and roll.
We are a water scarce country, and so being mindful with water is the non-dick thing to do.
Obviously the closer the geyser can be placed to the faucet the better, but things get complicated when considering multiple points. Also some of the hoiti-toiti estates wont allow you to place the geyser on public facing walls because it's an eyesore and you neighbours don't wanna see your plumbing.
In the winter months, when the ambient temperature drops, a long run length from geyser to faucet can lead to pretty significant drops in water temperature, so there's that.
Gas geysers like their electrical counterparts can be installed indoors or out. Most of the time we like to install outdoors because then you and your geyser are not competing for the same oxygen in the room. Also, they roar while they're operating and not everyone likes the sound of napalm first thing in the morning.
There are times to install indoors though. And installing indoors does mean you can get a lot closer to the faucet and also you can see the unit and control the unit easily (some units have digital controls on the face plate). You also don't need a protective weather box with indoor installations, which can save some bucks
Bottles come in 3 sizes, 9Kg which is knee height, 19Kg which is waist height and 48Kg which is shoulder height.
Gas geysers are relatively high consumption devices, so the bigger bottle does save you from having to replace them often. But the bigger cylinders are more difficult to move around and to transport. Most reputable gas companies will deliver and connect your replacement bottles for you so this should overcome these problems.
You can use any size cylinder on a gas geyser without problems, even a little 9Kg bottle can supply the geyser without hiccups, so if there are any reasons why you can't use the larger cylinders it's no problem, you're just going to be replacing bottles more often.
The big thing with regards to bottles is that you want to have two. One bottle is connected and one bottle is on standby, so when you run dry, you can switch over and have enough time to contact you gas supplier and get you empty exchanged. The alternative is not an option. You want two bottles!
The one PIA that gas geysers suffer from is running out of gas. There is no easy way to check how much gas is left in your cylinder or to be warned when you are running low, so you are flying blind when you hop into the shower. At some point your are going to run dry, and it's probably going to happen while you are showering (because Murphy). Then you have to go outside with your freshly lathered ass, find the bottle cage reach in where the spiders be and switch the bottle over (hopefully your delivery team actually opened the bottle in prep for you).
With telemetry you can solve this problem. The telemetry system automatically switches over for you when the bottle runs dry, it then notifies us via 3g that you've swapped banks. We'll contact you and demand a ransom to deliver the replacement and you go about your business trying to take over the world. Everyone wins
Storage tank geysers, like the ones we've been using to burst and flood our wardrobes for the last 100 years are sized in litres of storage capacity, such that a 150L geyser stores and (keeps warm) 150L at any time. When you turn on the hot water tap there is 150L pre-warmed at your disposal. When you (or more likely your kids) have used up you 150L, sorry for you. You're out the game.
Instantaneous geysers have 0L storage capacity, and even the best marketing shyster is going to struggle to market that effectively. So we need another way.
We specify tank-less water heaters by measuring the amount of water it can heat up instantaneously in litres per minute. To make sure the guys on the far east of the map don't take advantage of us consumers, we also specify that the unit has to heat the water by a minimum of 25 ℃. So what we end up with is a measure inlitres per minute at Δ 25 ℃.
Single units range in size from 6Lpm to 32Lpm. In some cases units can be cascaded together to deliver hundreds of litres instantaneously.
So what size do you need to supply your home? You're asking the wrong question. The clever way to size your requirements is to askWhat's the total (hot water) taps that'll be opened at the same time?And be realistic, sure there was that one time when your doting wife and the kids and your doting wife's loving mother in-law all needed to shower at the same time, but ask yourself, if number 3 had a cold shower half way through would that really be a train smash?
In most homes, it's pretty rare for more than 2 hot water faucets to be opened at the same time.
According to thethe engineers, you can expect to use 19Lpm at your bath point, and 19Lpm at your shower point?!? and 17Lpm at the sink faucet. These are engineers though so you can bet that'll be calculated at peak. Also, those incoming pressures seem a little high.
The bottom line is, a 16Lpm will happily supply a single faucet. If you want a single unit to supply the whole house, then a 26Lpm fan assisted unit will do the job.
There is one aspect that divides all the brands, models and sizes on the market squarely into two camps. And that, somewhat ironically, iselectricity.By adding a small (like really small) amount of 🔌 electrical supply to an instantaneous gas geyser, we can benefit in two ways.
If we stick a blower into the combustion chamber of a normally aspirated engine and we apply a little bit of elementary maffs and engineering, we can turn a 1970's Fiat into street racer. A well know fact petrol nerds have been exploiting for generations to help them get lucky.
A little less known but equally true fact is that we can apply the same ″turbo charger″ concept to the combustion chamber of our water heater and we improve the energy efficiency of the unit. Which means we can heat more water instantaneously, and also we can use less gas doing it. So unlike the '70s Fiat whic,h no matter what lipstick you slap on the pig, remains a skorokoro. Our improvements help achieve world peace.
Having electrical power available enables us to read the incoming water temperature, and control the flow rate of the water, so we provide constant temperate supply, we can perform self diagnosis, and we can run more efficiently.
The step up from the battery operated units to the ″fan assisted″ units is significant. If it's an option we almost always recomend a fan assisted unit. But there are two ″cons″ to to ″cons″ider
Cost, as always, is a subjective price benefit decision. The fan assisted model is almost always a better unit, if it's worth the price is not so definitive an answer.
If we agree to use efficiency and lazy interchangeably, then humans are awesome little efficiency machines. And the web taps into that efficiency drive like nothing ever has before. Facebook spends millions studying the psychology behind dopamine rushes and short term rewards and god know what other kak you need to scheme up to avoid paying tax. But the truth remains; we kill time on Facebook cos it's easier, quicker, cheaper, cleaner [add random other -er words here] than playing soccer outside.
This means that while retail therapy on the internet is easy like Sunday mornings, this simplicity and efficiency have a faceless red-headed step sister and she-nasty!
As a rule, the less generic your product or service is, the less aligned it will be with internet retail. If you know what you want, and you know what you want to pay and you trust that the website on the other side of the deal isn't going to nick your money, the click-swipe-go. But if you're looking for some advice, or even just all the options available given your specific parameters, then until AI becomes advanced enough to replace humans, human interaction will still be the best option.
As a consequence many websites offer everything under the sun in an attempt to make sure they offer you whatever bizarre item appeals to your particular perversion. The problem with too much choice though, is that it leads to paralysis (this dude even wrote a book on itThe Paradox of Choice), which leads back to highlighting the inefficiencies of retail on the web, which all makes the web as a retail platform a misnomer that actually can't exists but does.
In a legitimate attempt to avoid this glitch-in-matrix-scenario, we deliberately and carefully curate our range. everything we sell is implicitly endorsed by us. That's not to say that some items aren't subjectively better than others, but until the AI does start using us as slave labour and a soviet style communism is our reality we'll still happily accommodate different needs, wants, dreams, desires and price points.
If the kitchen is the heart of every home, then the cooker is the soul of every kitchen. The most precious place in the home has got to be heat curtain surrounding the cooker in winter where kids huddle waiting for magic to happen
Believe it or not. I once actually met a professional chef (well line cook really) who believes electric stoves are better than gas stoves for cooking. It's funny because despite being only 5'2" tall (and wide) and having the foulest mouth in a commercial kitchen (yep including that other bloke that's made a fortune out of getting people to believe that swearing at the peasants gets better output from the peasants.), his kitchen mates named him lefty -- because he clearly embodies "not right"
Apart from Lefty and say a handful of his flat-earth-worshiping-lunatic-fringe-luddite-superblu-serfs, I think it's fair to say that gas for cooking is accepted to be THE SHIT. It's instantaneous, it's tactile, it's analogue and it's free from Eskom and the associated Gupta taxes.
You can drop anything from a couple of kay to a down payment on a presidential motorcade for a gas stove (people with money occasionally seem to realise they can't take it to hell with them and buy random crap to keep the noises at bay, I'm convinced this is the actual reason economic cycles make no sense.) So we've tried to keep our range ring-fenced by sanity (and quality and value) and, as always, we're pretty picky on what we endorse.
Most home use gas stoves on the market today are made in Italia or are made by Italian companies in China or are made by Chinese companies in China with Italian names or... You get the point. Styling is pretty consistent, all modeled on the Italian design. Chunky knobs, cast iron pot stands, stainless steel is the neutral color and then you get a range of options for colors with gorgeous descriptions like Nero and Rosa. Italians are living proof that good design doesn't need creative thinking.
It's a legal requirement as of a few years ago that all stoves must have a safety shut off device called a flame failure device. Ironically named because it's job is to detect when the flame has gone out, so a better name would be the no-flame-failure-device (maybe lefty got to name it when he turned 18 ((and passed grade 7))) but dis-ambiguous is not one of the English's great strengths, so it's noticeably missing from the language (They don't seem to shine at winning soccer world cups either despite raking in obscene amounts every year letting yobs entertain the nation on the soccer field, but I'm losing my point here.)
The nice to haves usually include single button ignition (works with power, so when the lights go out you'll need to find your teenage daughter's self medication stash to find a lighter, to make dinner). Glass covers, so you can hide the muck when you've got company and a choice between 5 and 6 burners.
When it comes to the oven, you're in religious war territory picking a side (gas vs electric). It borders on a moral decision (so if you are skipping over this part what does that say about you?). Some units even offer both in one! Statistically, electric multifunction ovens beat out gas ovens - by sales anyway (probably with good reason) and you can pick one with anywhere from one to three fans inside because, you know, the amount of air (specifically hot moving air) is the real ingredient that'll move the need on your cooking skills. WHO KNEW? Anyway, some aunties swear by their three fan ovens and their baking makes my baking look like a brick works so I'll stand down on this point.
Check out our range below, and as always, feel free toreach outif you want any more information about anything gas. We even have a millennial on the team who can answer "meta" questions about gas like delivery options (this is what we've done to our kids people, don't blame them, there's no such thing as problem child...)
Imagine you wanted to buy kryptonite cos you caught superman spading your wife, there are exactly 3 companies that sell krytonite in SA, all multinationals, all faceless. We'll call the Dewie, Cheatham and Howe (DCH)...
Imagine you wanted to buy kryptonite cos you caught superman spading your wife, there are exactly 3 companies that sell krytonite in SA, all multinationals, all faceless. We'll call the Dewie, Cheatham and Howe (DCH)
Kryptonite is not from here, so it's something-active, we're not sure what makes this stuff glow green, but we don't want to end up like Marie Curie, so we gazette a law that says all kryptonite needs to be stored in a metal container which meets some cryptic international standards, so everyone who buys kryptonite knows they are getting a safe product (turns out superman is a super slut - who knew?).
Now DCH are faceless but not dumb, so they get together and form a trade umbrella organisation which they dub the safe-kryotonite-organisation (imagination is not where they shine) to lobby government to regulate the price of these bottles. They propose a law that says that bottles may not be sold for more than 40% of the nominal value of the bottle. (How we calculate nominal value is left to interpretation) and they get it passed as regulation.
Then, to make things easier for the hapless consumer-middle-class, we'll make the bottles work on an exchange system whereby the consumer never actually owns the cylinder (neither does the consumer know that the consumer does not own the cylinder), they just rent it from DCH, and the consumer can exchange any cylinder with any other cylinder so long as they are DCH endorsed cylinders.
They then set the prices of the bottles in the market at a fixed price regardless of size (violating their own 40% rule ?!?).
A dreadfully unlucky "unintended" side-effect of this new regulation is that anybody who wants to enter the market and sell their own krytonite is going to need some pretty deep pockets, because they are going to have to fund the difference between nominal and the market's defacto price - which is set by DCH, they're also going to have to cosy up to DCH to get them to endorse their new cylinders as exchangeworthy. If this seems convoluted and more than a little clandestine that's because it is.
Except, we're a nation of entrepreneurs, so it was never going to take long before some enterprising young fool decided, hey, "I think I'll just fill DCH's cylinders, they're compliant and safe and there isn't really a law beyond DONT BE NAUGHTY that says I can't."
So DHC scrambles around for a while trying to work out what day of the week it is, then assembles an army of mousy looking legal advisors and starts trying to find a law that protects them from this diabolical violation of their rights.
Of course, as with all things legal, finding a law that blanketly protects the fat-cats and the lords and doesn't cause it's own problems isn't as easy as you would think it should be. Also, the enterprising dudes have guns and the fat-cats only have their sharp wits and their freakishly impressive dress sense.
So it's a bit of a cold war in the kryptonite market place at the moment, dodgy dudes with guns and bodyguards are filling anyones cylinders with god-knows-what calling it krytonite and selling it for a fraction of the retail price, while the fat cats are selling the real thing for the maximum price allowed by law and absolutely no one is winning.
Bizarrely the gas bottle market in South Africa is almost identical to the kryptonite market.
No superheroes were injured in the making of this blog post
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