Gas Cylinders are used to store liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas. As the name implies, cooking gas is used for cooking however it can also be used in heating, refrigeration and lighting.
Gas cylinders are essential household items in Tanzania, used for cooking and heating. They come in different sizes and prices, which can vary depending on several factors such as the brand, type, and location of purchase. As a blogger for Tanzaniaprice, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to popular gas cylinder prices in Tanzania to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
Popular Gas Cylinder Prices in Tanzania
The following is a table showing popular gas cylinder prices in Tanzania. Please note that prices may vary depending on location and other factors:
|Brand||Size (kg)||Price (TSH)|
In fact, LPG has become an excellent and affordable alternative to electricity. Unlike petrol, the gas is non-toxic, clean-burning and doesn’t pollute the atmosphere.
In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the cylinders in which LPG is sold, their various sizes as well as their prices.
The sizes are highlighted below:
The size used depends on the usage. The smaller cylinders are used domestically while the larger ones are used at the industrial scale.
At the larger scale, cylinders can be used to provide energy to industrial and agricultural facilities, public institutions, hotels, restaurants and catering units while at the smaller scale, they can be used for home-based baking, and cooking.
Gas Cylinder Prices in Tanzania
In recent times, gas cylinder manufacturers have become more safety conscious leading to the rollout of Lite Safe LPG Composite Cylinders. Although this type is not so common in the country, there are places you can buy it if you want. It comes at a higher price than the traditional ones but is expected to fall over the next few years as it replaces the conventional cylinder.
Just in case, you’re wondering what makes this new generation LPG cylinder the next big thing, here are a few things you should know about the features.
- UV protected
- Made with recyclable materials
- Aesthetically appealing
- Reduced maintenance
- Translucent body
- Lightweight and efficient
- Non-corrosive and non-rust
The price range of the Lite Safe Cylinder is between TSh175,604 and N40000.
As a way of helping you make the right choice when selecting your ideal gas cylinder, we’ve compiled a list of the different sizes of a cylinder and their price range. We have also included the price of some of the accessories used with the cylinder.
- 3 kg cylinder
In most cases, the 3kg gas cylinder usually comes with a burner. The cost ranges between N10000 and N15000
- 5 kg cylinder
The 5kg cylinder cost N15000 but the option with a gas burner usually costs more. The range is between N15000 and N20000.
Generally, the average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder varies from state to state. The range is between N3921.35 and N4500.
Currently, the states with the highest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for LPG are Gombe (N4366.67), Bayelsa (N4325.00), and Adamawa (N4250.00).
On the other hand, the states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas are Yobe (N3200.00), Ogun (N3450.00) and Ondo (N3480.77).
- 10 kg cylinder
This comes in the form of a stove and the price range is between N25000 and N40000 depending on the brand. The cylinder has a stainless steel burner and it is good for family use and for outdoor events like camping.
- 12.5 kg cylinder
The 12.5 kg gas cylinder is designed and built with a brass valve which makes it very strong and durable and also ensures no leaks. It is made of high-quality reinforced metal
The gas cylinder cost between N28000 and N45000. As expected the cost of filling the cylinder depends on your location. However, the average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for LPG costs between N8726.30 and N10000.
The states with the highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for LPG are Osun (N8782.14), Oyo (N8400) and Katsina (N8300).
On the other hand, the states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas were Borno (N8100), Akwa Ibom (N8200) and Cross River (N8250).
- 50 kg cylinder
When it comes to large-scale cooking, the 12.5kg cylinder may not suffice hence the need to go for a larger option like the 50kg cylinder. The average price of this cylinder is between TSh403,818 and TSh524,066.
Apart from the new cylinders, you can also buy the various gas cylinders at a cheaper rate if you buy the used ones.
For instance, you can buy a used 50kg gas cylinder for as low as TSh246,942. Also, there are also used options for the 6.5kg cylinder which can be purchased at the rate of TSh81,507.
Imported gas cylinders are usually more expensive than locally made ones. If you’re a stickler for foreign products, below are the prices of the 12.5 kg imported gas cylinder
- 12.5kg CEPSA stainless cylinder| TSh108,676 (Used)
- 12.5kg cylinder| TSh188,300 – TSh246,942 (Brand new)
Below is a quick overview of the price range of the different sizes of gas cylinders
- 3kg cylinder with burner | ₦10000 – ₦15000
- 5kg cylinder with Burner | TSh81,507 – TSh108,676
- 10kg cylinder with burner | TSh137,190 – TSh219,504
- 12.5kg cylinder | TSh152,147 – TSh246,942
- 50kg cylinders | TSh398,120 – TSh524,066
The prices of the accessories used with the cylinder have also been highlighted below.
- Anti-rust cylinder cover | ₦1000
- Gas cylinder hose (20 yards)|TSh40,754
- Gas cylinder hose (50 yards) | ₦12500
- Anti-rust sitter with burner | ₦5000
There’s also the anti-explosion gas cylinder. It is similar to the Lite Safe cylinder but it is only the upper part that is made of anti-explosive materials. The average cost of this cylinder for the 12.5kg size is TSh188,300.
If you’re looking to buy the conventional LPG cylinder, the size you select will be dependent on your frequency of use. The most common one for families is the 12.5kg gas cylinder. This is also our recommendation if you have more than one person living with you. Usually, if you’re buying the complete package which includes the metered regulator, the hose and the cylinder, you’re expected to spend between TSh207,366 and TSh300,135. This price also includes the cost of filling the cylinder with LPG.
FAQ About Gas Cylinder Prices in Tanzania
- What factors influence the price of gas cylinders in Tanzania? The brand, size, location, and type of gas cylinder (e.g., refillable or disposable) can influence the price of gas cylinders in Tanzania.
- Where can I purchase gas cylinders in Tanzania? Gas cylinders can be purchased at gas filling stations, supermarkets, and authorized dealerships of gas cylinder brands.
- How often should I refill my gas cylinder? The frequency of refilling a gas cylinder depends on your usage. However, it is advisable to refill the cylinder when the gas pressure drops to around 20% of its total capacity.
- Can I exchange my gas cylinder for a new one? Yes, many gas cylinder brands in Tanzania have an exchange policy where you can exchange your empty cylinder for a full one at a reduced cost.
Gas cylinders are an essential household item in Tanzania, and understanding their prices can help you make an informed purchasing decision. The above guide outlines popular gas cylinder prices in Tanzania and provides answers to some frequently asked questions. When purchasing a gas cylinder, ensure you buy from authorized dealerships and follow safety measures when using them.