REMINDER: Appliances (BBQs) Connected via Gas Bayonets

Category: Safety, Date: 16 August 2022

Gas safety considerations are an important part of consumer safety when using your caravan, camper trailer or motorhome.  While there are many safety tips relating to LP Gas systems, this information is focused on the use of gas appliances (such as barbecues) connected via a gas bayonet to your caravan

The gas installation standards in a Recreational Vehicle are governed by Australian Standard AS/NZS 5601.2.  This standard requires that any gas appliances that are connected to a recreational vehicle gas installation must have a flame safeguard system.  This includes any appliance connected through a gas bayonet fitting.

What is a flame safeguard system?

Flame safeguard systems, simply put, are a built-in safety device that protects an appliance user while the appliance is in operation (eg a BBQ while cooking is under way). It works by immediately cutting off the gas supply if the flame on a burner happens to go out, such as if it is blown out by a gust of wind. This stops a build-up of gas inside the appliance and its interior gas valves, preventing a gas explosion.

While flame failure won’t fix the issue of a burner blowing out, it will keep the appliance user safe from a potentially very dangerous situation and allow use of the appliance (eg cooking) to resume quickly and safely without a gas build-up.

Why do I need to know about flame safeguard systems?

It’s about improving safety for you and your family/friends while you enjoy the Caravan and Camping lifestyle to the full.

Consumers intending to use a gas appliance connected to a bayonet fitting are strongly encouraged to ask questions when purchasing the appliance, to ensure that it has flame safeguard features.  This will ensure that your device is as safe as it can be and also compliant with the gas installation standards.

Consumers should also be aware of the requirement for flame safeguard features if they are seeking advice from a Recreational Vehicle manufacturer or retailer regarding appliances that can be supplied with their vehicle.  Not all domestic outdoor BBQs have been designed with the required safety features, so may not be able to be supplied for use with a caravan gas bayonet connection.

In the interests of maximum safety, consumers are encouraged to ask questions and seek out an appropriate product if purchasing new BBQ appliances for use with your recreational vehicle.

Note: Please be aware that outdoor domestic BBQ’s connected directly to a gas cylinder do not require a flame failure device.  However, it is important to be aware that these appliances are not necessarily approved for use with a gas bayonet fitting.

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6 Responses to “REMINDER: Appliances (BBQs) Connected via Gas Bayonets”

  1. Bill Baxter says:

    Obviously in the current period there are going to be hundreds or thousands of portable BBQs fitted to caravans via the bayonet fitting that do not have any flameguard fitting. Are these units going to have to thrown out or is a retrofit coupling available

  2. Hi…. this I found interesting. I use one already. Greatly for safely. FYI, I have invented a bbq duel shelf for hooded BBQ’s such as a Q. This would also be good for reducing fire/ flare up and reduce all cleaning of grills( great for users and van park owners) Used correctly, it also doubles cook space and gives cooking segregation. With only 250 sold, our new Aussie innovation would love a feature in a news letter, oh yeah. Please if possible. NT based, I operate from home and just a weekly market stall at Fred’s Pass Rural Market Saturdays til 1pm.
    We find most caravaners cook outside when possible, our Max Rack style of cooking is almost smokeless and improves flavor, so even better for the atmosphere within van.parls.
    Cheers and pls check out

  3. Jim Rae says:

    Please tell me what a ” FLAME SAFE GUARD SYSTEM” actually is. I have a Weber BBQ connected to a bayonete fitting to my caravan. I have asked several retailers who dont know what the” system” means.
    Also, where can I purchase the system? Thanks

  4. Mr Noel Davis says:

    the gold standard for a barbecue to use outside your caravan connected to your gas bayonet has always been a Weber or Ziggy . are you saying that these units do not meet the standard required whilst use with your caravan bayonet??

  5. Tony says:

    Good morning,
    Could you please advise me if this new AS for gas bayonet fittings is retrospective or is it only from vans fitted with bayonet type fittings from a set date?
    Is an Australian Standard law and or enforceable? There has been a lot of discussion on this topic with no concrete answers other than “your insurer will not cover your van if there is a claim” style answers which only adds confusion and offers no help to anyone to clear the matter up.
    Thanks in advance fir taking the time to reply to these questions.

  6. David Duthie says:

    we bought our baby Q 1200 back in August 2021 and we talked with the staff and there was never any mention to us about the Flame safety issue. The only thing they said to us was they did not sell the bayoneted connect we would need to get that from a plumbing outlet or other places that may sell them.
    So I did I spent the $60 + and now find out this issue.

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