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More information - Types of Nitrous
Choosing the specific type of Nitrous Oxide can sometimes feel like a complicated process. But its not! You have three core types, Pharmaceutical, Food grade and Auto grade. Naturally, food grade nitrous is what you would use to whip cream.
Pharmaceutical Grade Nitrous Oxide
This medical nitrous oxide is extremely pure. Only a select number of companies can buy this product. This grade of the NOS is widely used in medical and dental industry.
Food grade Nitrous oxide
This is the most easily accessible form of nitrous oxide, which is available to most people. You can buy these from mini marts, kitchen shops and Online. This form of NOS is also misused the most .
Auto grade Nitrous oxide
This is used in cars to give them more power. This type of N2O almost always has hydrogen sulphate (A Rotten egg smell) added to it to stop recreational users. Only specialist car shops tend to sell this product.
There are 3 main sizes of nitrous oxide. 8g, 16g and tanks. Most people are likely to only ever need the standard 8g cream chargers which most cream whippers are built for.
These canisters are the most readily available for of NOS and are manufactured at mass. The products shown above are 8g cream chargers.
16g Canisters (Double Chargers)
These are double the standard weight for NOS canisters and hold more NOS. Most whipped cream dispensers wont fit this product and most require a threaded dispenser. For most home bakers this product is not needed. For commercial use this product may make more sense.
Tanks of compressed NOS are generally only used in medical centres , ice cream vans and so on. Only trained individuals should use these products. You may face legal scurrility if you have this product and don’t appear to have a reason for it. If you knock the valve off a large tank it can blow through a wall. There are many other risks surrounding tanks of Nitrous Oxide.