Buying Gas

In our apartment, we use natural gas for both cooking and heating water.  However, like much, if not all of Mexico, our gas is delivered in tanks, rather than by pipes under the street.  On the roof of our building, we, as well as all of our neighbors, have a tank or two that connects to a small pipe that runs in through our window.  And when one tank runs out, we have to go to the roof, switch the line to the spare, and relight the pilots for our appliances.  It’s actually not as big of a pain as I would have imagined.

Once a tank is empty, it can be exchanged for a full one by buying it off the street.  Three or four times a week, sometimes more, a truck drives through our neighborhood with a load of full tanks.  The truck drives very slowly and, as it moves along, an army of workers walk past each apartment building, ringing every doorbell and screaming “gaaaassss!”  It took a little getting used to!  When your tank is empty, you simply wait for them to ring your bell, and then stick your head out the window and scream back: “gaaaassss!”  One of the workers will run to the truck, grab one of these tanks, which must weigh in the neighborhood of 120 pounds-plus, and will carry it up to the roof of your building and connect it.  A full, large tank costs 306 pesos (plus the empty spare), and it never hurts to add a small tip to the gas-man.

Replacing the empty tank with a full one...

Replacing the empty tank with a full one...


México, D.F.


One Response

  1. And I thought that whole put your trash on the street practice in Boston was unique….

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