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Why Do I Need a 2-Stage Propane Regulator?

Why Do I Need a 2-Stage Propane Regulator?

So, you’re trying to figure out why you need a 2-stage propane regulator. Well, look no further. We’ll help you understand what a 2-stage propane regulator is, how it differs from other types of propane regulators and the most important reasons you need one.

What Is a 2-Stage Propane Regulator?

Propane regulators are the “heart” of any propane system. Without a propane regulator, you risk putting your property, yourself and everyone around you in danger. 

A 2-stage propane regulator, also known as a dual-stage propane regulator, controls and regularizes the pressure of propane flowing from the (propane) service line to the appliance you’re using. Therefore, the purpose of a 2-stage propane regulator is to maintain a continuous and steady flow of propane that is at a safe level suitable for domestic use.

How Is It Different from Other Propane Regulators?

There are six types of propane regulators commonly used today. How your home or building uses the gas determines the regulator you need. 

For example, compare the regulator needs of a restaurant with that of a home. Naturally, a household has fewer demanding appliances and therefore has lower requirements. 

Let’s compare a first-stage propane regulator to a 2-stage regulator:

First-stage regulator: These high-pressure regulators are installed directly onto a propane tank. The pressure between the tank and the service line is directly regulated. It’s important to note that a first-stage regulator can only deliver up to 10 pounds of pressure into a gas line at any time. Its real purpose is to supply propane at a controlled and steady level downstream to a second-stage – or 2-stage – regulator.

2-stage regulator: For a 2-stage propane regulator to perform optimally, it must be installed downstream from a first-stage propane regulator. You’ll typically see this variation of regulator installed on the exterior of a building. They only work with the propane pressure supplied by a first-stage regulator, which means that a 2-stage propane regulator cannot work on its own. 

A second-stage regulator is supplied with the pressure from the first-stage regulator. It then further decreases the pressure it receives so that it is stable enough to be used by household appliances. 

5 Reasons Why You Need a 2-stage Propane Regulator

Now that you have a better understanding of 2-stage propane regulators, here are the five biggest reasons you need one:

  • It saves you on up-front costs. Instead of getting a first-stage regulator, then getting a second-stage regulator, why not get the entire setup all at once? That way, you can be sure everything you need (the piping, for example) is all the correct size.
  •  It requires far less maintenance and fewer adjustments than other systems.
  • A 2-stage propane regulator keeps systems from freezing in colder climates because the pressure is separated by two systems.
  • It’s environmentally friendly and burns cleaner than other setups because propane is non-toxic.
  • This type of propane regulator is reliable and performs well compared to others.

Propane Regulators in Canada

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