Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:29
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This was taken from the Industry Regulators web site on Gas bottle refills
should answer your question
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Filling Portable LP Gas Cylinders


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The maximum fill for portable cylinders is 80%, to allow room for expansion of cylinder contents. The empty weight is stamped on the cylinder, so the amount of gas which is left can be estimated by weight. Some cylinders can have a contents gauge fitted.

Cylinders can only be refilled legally if they have a valid 10-year stamp on the collar, neck or foot ring. If out of date, the cylinder must be tested before refilling.

Cylinders must be tested at an authorised test station. If serviceable, they are re-stamped for another 10 years' use. If not, they will be destroyed.

Names and addresses of authorised test stations can be obtained from Standards Australia, your gas supplier or the Energy Information Centre.

Never dispose of unserviceable cylinders at the rubbish dump or in the rubbish collection - they must be disposed of through an authorised test station, LP Gas supplier or filler.

Never fill portable LP Gas cylinders from automotive (Autogas) dispensers - this is both illegal and dangerous.

Autogas is a mixture of propane and butane. Australian LP Gas appliances are designed ONLY for use with commercial LPG which is predominantly propane.

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Reply By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:49

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:49
Is there a difference between LPG used in a car and LPG used in a barbecue cylinder?

Yes. There are two different grades or blends of LPG and they are not interchangeable. Autogas is for automotive use only and will be a mixture of mainly propane and butane. The other blend is propane, which can only be used for decanting into small cylinders for caravans, barbecues and camping. Barbecues and traditional heating appliances are designed to operate solely on propane.

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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 14:52

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 14:52
The only question they don't answer is why should I not check for a leak with a nude flame???
I note with interest that no mention is made re using portable gas appliances on mains gas.
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