How to get gas in your van

Another scary step of your van conversion: installing the gas to use for the kitchen.

It i VERY important to plan thoroughly were and how to install your gas bottle and to be aware all of the necessary safety rules. You really don’t want to mess up with gas!

In the UK anyone can install its own gas bottle if the vehicle is not going to be hired out. That said, if you don’t feel comfortable with the process, you might want to get it done by a gas engineer for sake of peace of mind.

As for everything van conversion related, fitting the gas looked like a fairly simple job at the beginning. Well it turns out that the more you research, the more you’ll find that the world of gas bottles, adaptors, and fittings isn’t that straightforward after all. Hopefully reading this guide will help you feeling more comfortable fitting your own system.


The choice of which is the right gas bottle for you depends on a variety of factors such as space, travelling plans and budget. Here’s a little diagram I made to help you out with the choice:

To not over complicate things I have not differentiated between propane/butane bottles. Each gas has its particular properties but to summarise: butane will cook your stuff quicker but cannot be used below 0˚C while propane is lighter, can be used under 0˚C but takes longer to heat up stuff.

I chose to go for butane as the  Campingaz 907 cylinder was the only one that fitted under my kitchen compartment!

Campingaz cylinders are very compact, and are exchangeable throughout Europe so you don’t need to buy European connectors and refill the bottle yourself. Campingaz cylinders are also very straightforward to install: you just need your bottle, the designated campingaz regulator, hose and jubilee clips. 

If you can afford it, you might want to invest in a sealed box for your bottle.



Fit a drop vent in proximity to the gas bottle (if you have more than one connection,  it is recommended to have one at each connection). This is SUPER important as any gas leaks will have somewhere to escape. To do this:

Make a hole in the wooden floor of the size of your drop vent using a hole saw (yeeees bring it ooon). Stop when you reach the metal, then drill some holes on the floor of the van. Make sure you are drilling holes somewhere safe!


Fit the drop vent and secure it.


Fit the regulator to the bottle. The Campingaz regulator simply screws in.


Connect the hose to the regulator.  Secure with jubilee clips.



Don’t just fit the hose directly into a smooth pipe! That’s very dangerous as gas could easily escape. I fitted my smooth appliance pipe with a 8mm fulham nozzle  (wrapping the pipe with sealing gas tape first) and then fixed the hose with a jubilee clip (don’t over tighten it or you could damage the hose).


Secure the gas bottle so that it won’t move when driving. I simply fitted a piece of wood that blocks the bottle from the front. The wood slides up when the bottle needs changing.


Fix the hose to the sides of your kitchen so that it doesn’t move or hang around. I used steel pipe clasps to secure it to the sides of the kitchen.


Please, don’t jump this step! You really want to make sure there aren’t any leaks before using your cooker.  Apply soapy water to all of your connections (in my case where the regulator is and where the hose connects to the cook top) Turn the gas on and look for any bubbles. Even a tiny leak will produce bubbles. If there is any leak tighten your connections and try again.


Check that everything works, make your first cup of coffee in the van and give yourself a pat on your shoulder.



  • For peace of mind, I always make sure to switch off the gas bottle once I finished using it,
  • The LPG gas hose needs to be changed every 5 years (there should be the production year printed on the hose). Nevertheless, you will want to inspect the hose periodically to make sure there are no signs of wear and tear.
  • If at any point you are not 100% sure of the safety of your installation, refer to a professional! It would be a good idea to get your set up checked by a gas engineer once your done, just for peace of mind.


Have I forgotten anything? Do you have a better procedure? Let me know in the comments!


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5 thoughts on “How to get gas in your van

  1. Hi there. I love your enthusiasm and get up and go to tackle a van conversion. I have done the same. I take my van away every 2 to 3 was with my two dogs. We have a small kitchen, a tv with a satellite, a toilet and a bed that slides out. It was a big job on my own but totally worth it. Good luck with your travels. Pj

  2. Hello!
    How long did the bottle last? Did you have to fill it up during the year you were traveling? And do you plan to use it again for the next camper setup?
    Lovely greetings,

    1. Hi Anni, the bottle lasts for aaaaages i think it lasts easily 6/8 months if you only use it for cooking. I only cook stuff that takes little time maybe that’s why. Yes, I will be using it for the next setup too, it’s the only bottle that fits!

  3. Hello Marina,

    I take a little moment to ask you a question that I don’t find any answer to on the Internet, strangely ! I am also restoring a van and I would to put a Campingaz bottle in the kitchen, but I am really worried about the fact that in summer it would be too hot in the car and the bottle would… explode ? (I also intend to maybe put solar pannels so I would have to be in the sun…)
    I keep reading that it is not safe to put a gaz bottle in the back of a car so I am really hesitant about it… Could you please reassure me (or not) ?
    Maybe I could just make a cooling wrap around the bottle ?

    Many thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Océane! I never heard of a gas bottle exploding in a campervan because of the heat, but that might be just me.There are other reasons why a bottle could be unsafe (not being secured properly, wrong fittings,lack of ventilation) and for sure it’s better being on the safe side of things. i think that more of the heat you should be worried about fitting it properly. I have looked at the requirements to convert a car/van into a campervan in the uk and heat is not mentioned as an issue for the gas bottles,improper fitting and lack of ventilation are. Gas can be very dangerous so I would suggest if you don’t feel comfortable with the process to either get it installed by a professional (which might be costly but would put your mind at ease) or opt having a camping style stove where you’d need to carry only small gas bottles.Hope this helps a little and good luck!

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