gas refills

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 17:31


I just paid $30 for a "swap n go" 9 kg gas bottle. I live in Port Stephens. It seems to be a huge increase. The last one I bought , at the same servo, about 8 months ago was $23.50. How does this compare with prices elsewhere. Am I being ripped off because I live in a "holiday" area? I guess you should always be wary when they don't display the price. But as usual they've got you over a barrel because the b------ things always run empty half way through cooking something so you don't have the time or the inclination to shop around.
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AnswerID: 199154   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 17:45

hl replied:

You need a dual fuel stove......
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FollowupID: 458900   Submitted: Thursday, Oct 19, 2006 at 20:57

Member Boroma 604 posted:

Yes, used to use Bunnings but found out too that they had jacked the refill price way past the swap a few months ago. Had to have one & when I went to the cage with the bloke the first three he tried tio give me were years out of test date.
The monopolistic gas suppliers are trying to kill off filling, better for them. Found a place here in Brisbane, Tentworld at Windsor who do it at a reasonable price, they give you a card & stamp it for each fill & you get the 6th FREE.

Had to pay $30-00 for a refill in Kalgoorlie last year & it was the poluted stuff that clogged up our regulator, another $50-00.

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AnswerID: 199155   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 17:59

TurboTroopie replied:

Check the small print and you will probably find that you didn't get 9 kg of gas in the 9 kg cylinder. Not only are the prices high, but you are being ripped off on the quantity of gas you are getting, too. Best to get the cylinder manually filled from a bulk container until the ullage gauge spits liguid.

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FollowupID: 457982   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 19:49

Member - Andrew (QLD) posted:

It's interesting to see that a lot of these "9kg bottles" are now actually being marked as 8.5kg as well.

Price is correct (unfortunately) as i swap 1 of these every 3 weeks!.......cost $30 from Shell servo (ouch, though fortunately i'm not paying for it).

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FollowupID: 458835   Submitted: Thursday, Oct 19, 2006 at 14:29

Member No 1 posted:

andrew, you must cook outside more than I do
'If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking.......
how come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time

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AnswerID: 199157   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 18:17

Scubaroo replied:

Melbourne is about $22 on average. Definitely getting ripped off.

You could always try Consumer Affairs etc if you feel you are being unfairly gouged - there may be some merit. I've got nothing against people making a fair living, but there's "fair living" and "ripping off".
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AnswerID: 199158   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 18:17

Member - Steve (ACT) replied:

We've found it cheaper to have it filled rather than do a swap and then just keep an eye on the date and change it over before it's too old!

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AnswerID: 199159   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 18:22

Mad Dog - Vic replied:

My local Bunnings charges $1.44/Kilogram, $12.96 for a 9kg refill
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FollowupID: 457973   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 19:00

Alloy c/t posted:

Thats not a bad price at all , our local / closest BCF does cheap gas as well ,don't know what price per kg and I don't use 9kg bottles but only pay $11.50 to get 2 of my 4.5kg bottles filled ,use a rotation of 3 so never "out of gas "
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FollowupID: 457978   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 19:20

Mad Dog - Vic posted:

Yeah I'm happy with that. If I had to pay $30 I'd give up on the gas.
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FollowupID: 458005   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 22:46

Scubaroo posted:

Which Bunnings is that?!? The one in Mentone charges only $22 for swap'n'go, and $30 for a fill! Was told they put the price on fills up because it was a hassle and they don't want staff spending time filling gas bottles, so they priced the refills to be unrealistic compared to swapping bottles.
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FollowupID: 458008   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 23:03

Mad Dog - Vic posted:

Down here in Geelong. I filled up last about 5 or 6 weeks ago so the price may have moved here also, bugga. It's a hassle eh! sounds about right for the retail industry, they want a quick dollar without providing much service. Oh well if that's the case there's a little guy in a cheap shed I know off who does provide the service at a fair price.
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AnswerID: 199164   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 19:12

Member - Duncs replied:

A swap in Broken Hill is anywhere between $26 and $29. I get mine refilled at Broken Hill Pool and Spa in Crystal St $19. I don't think you will get it cheaper here in the Hill.

Thought the info may be handy for those passing this way.

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AnswerID: 199168   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 19:41

Willem replied:

Refill in country SA is $25 to $28. Swap over around $29 to $32

Total rip off but what do you do? I refuse to pay annual rental of $27 on a 45kg bottle for the house so use me old caravan bottles for the gas stove. Plumber reckons it is not quite legal but he didn't see

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AnswerID: 199186   Submitted: Saturday, Oct 14, 2006 at 21:51

Member - Ric K (WA) replied:

Busselton WA ...... Kleenheat Gas = $30
...........................Bunnings Store = $22.50
both are for swap ..... but I cant remember if it was 9 or 8.5kg
regards Ric
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AnswerID: 199214   Submitted: Sunday, Oct 15, 2006 at 01:28

Bware (Tweed Valley) replied:

Swap'n'go $33.50 at Kingscliff (far Nth Coast, NSW) for work. 40km away I refill mine for $20 at Mitre 10 in Murwillumbah.
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AnswerID: 199226   Submitted: Sunday, Oct 15, 2006 at 07:54

Kiwi Kia replied:

And now to really throw a spanner in the works !

What gas are you actually getting put into your bottle? LPG stands for Liquified Petroleum Gas (s). This is a mixture and could contain; methane, ethane, propane, butane and minor amounts of several other gases. If your fill has a high propane content then it will work better on a cold day and burn hotter at a lower flow rate. If the gas is nearly all butane it will not burn as hot, you will use more for the same heat output as propane so it will efectively cost you more. Don't know what the drill is everywhere but I think that you will find that the tanker driver leaves a copy of the product make-up document with each bulk delivery.

From memory you can only call it propane if the mix is actually over 80% propane. If anyone can update me on this please do.

When your tank is nearly empty and you are in a cold area then nearly all of the remaining gas will be butane as the propane fraction will have turned to gas and been used up first. It is a good idea to vent (carefully) any remaining gas out of your tank before you get it refilled. This gets rid of any remaining butane and leaves room for (hopefully) more propane when the tank is filled.
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AnswerID: 199230   Submitted: Sunday, Oct 15, 2006 at 08:37

Maddmav replied:

Yep - Same in Newcastle - Just paid the same and likewise cost $22.95 last fill February 2006.

The bottles are never full to capacity and yep - run out during a barby.

I am going back to refill at the gas oulets.

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AnswerID: 199242   Submitted: Sunday, Oct 15, 2006 at 10:24

Anthony replied:

Filled a 9kg yesterday ar Rays Outdoors, Nepean Hwy near North Rd, it cost $17.60 (give or take a few cents) using the Rays Outdoor member discount (about 6.5%).
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AnswerID: 199250   Submitted: Sunday, Oct 15, 2006 at 11:05

Sand Man (SA) replied:

I refill my Gas Bottles at our local Barbecues Galore retail outlet.
Every third refill you get free so I think I'm getting a pretty good deal.
They are never "too busy" to attend to the refilling process, unlike many Service Stations so they definitely get my business.

I'm diagonally parked in a parallel Universe!
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