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Popular Uses For Butane Gas

Butane gas bottles are one of the many products we stock here at Adams Gas, but do you know what it’s used for? This gas can be used for many applications, from camping to cigarette lighters. So, get clued up on butane gas, and its uses below!

What is Butane Gas?

Butane is an unbranched alkane with four carbon atoms in each molecule. Butane is a highly flammable, colourless, and easily liquefied gas. It was discovered by the chemist Edward Frankland in 1849. Did you know if it makes contact with the skin it can lead to frostbite, and if the liquid comes in contact with the air, it will explode!

Due to the high flammability of the gas, it can be used for numerous resources. Here are some of the most popular uses for butane gas.

Butane Torch

This is an item that takes advantage of its flammable properties. The butane torch most commonly uses it for glass making, craft projects, and certain plumbing projects which require heat. Butane can be used in portable grills meaning campers can make good use of it. In this case, the butane is stored in a gas canister. Due to its ability to easily compress, gas canisters are a great choice for storing butane.


Butane can be combined with propane as well as other substances in order to form liquefied petroleum gas, which is also known as LPG. Liquefied petroleum gas is found in the manufacturing of petrochemicals that are used in its purest state, and it can also be used for calibrating instruments and as a refrigerant.


Very pure forms of butane can be used as refrigerants and due to the risk methane places on the ozone layer, it has replaced the use of methane in household refrigerators. Additionally, adding butane to gasoline doesn’t increase the flammability of the gasoline, but enhances its performance and quality. This hydrocarbon is used as a food additive too.

Lighters and Aerosols

Butane is often used as the fuel in lighters as it can handle being pressurised. As the vapour pressure for butane is relatively low, putting it in a small plastic pressure vessel such as a lighter is possible. One of their most common distinguishing characteristics is that they can be compressed into a liquid at relatively low pressure.

When the pressure is released through the valve, it turns instantly to gas which is very easily ignited. Being cheap and a hydrocarbon, it does not attack plastics – these characteristics result in a compound which perfectly fulfils the properties needed for a small, safe lighter.

Here at Adams Gas, our butane gas bottles are available in a variety of sizes allowing us to cater to your needs, whether you require a lot or a little. Our Calor gases are regularly checked and maintained for the safety of our consumers. So, if you’re going camping, to a festival, or having a barbeque in the midst of summer, get in touch with a member of our friendly team to find out more about our case bottles.