Gas Bottles, don't chuck them out

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 22:31
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When my old 3 kg gas bottle had passed it's "use by" date I thought I'd simply buy a new one. Poor economy it seems. For just $22.50 I got the old one tested, restamped, fitted with a new valve and filled with gas. $15 for the test and new valve, $7.50 for the fill.

New bottle was $35 plus the fill. I'm 20 biggies ahead.

Oh, and some of the bottles for sale at K-Mart had a build date of 97. Means they were near the end of their useful life before they had been used.

Great value from Supa Gas.

Jim.
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Reply By: motherhen - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 00:33

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 00:33
Gee my husband dismantled ours and threw them all out. We thought that it was a risk, as they might not pass, and we'd have wasted the money. New ones didn't cost that much more than the testing fee at the time.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 09:47

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 09:47
Thats right... If they dont pass the test, you still pay up.. Used to do 100s of them when I worked for Liquide Air.. Same with any pressure tank you should have them tested, passed/failed.

but if they fail, they "WERE" handed back to you cut in half.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 10:09

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 10:09
Not all places charge you if they fail. A place here in R'ton charges nothing if they fail and another I've heard of only charges a couple of bucks for the simple pressure test if they fail.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 01:02

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 01:02
Even if you don't want to use them for gas, once tested, they make a good tank for an onboard compressor resevior for pumpin' up da tyres.
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Reply By: Mal58 - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 13:43

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 13:43
When my 4.5 Kg bottle expired, I was quoted $75 to have it tested and restamped.

So I went a bought a new one with gas for $40. I did feel guilty though as it was made in Thailand, not Australia like the "old" one.

Where in Melbourne (Eastern Surburbs) can you get your gas bottle tested for the prices quoted by Jimbo ?

Cheers,
Malcolm
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:35

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:35
Mal,

I got mine done at Supagas, Dandenong. Also at Kilsyth and Cheltenham.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: dublediff - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 14:40

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 14:40
I took my 9kg bottle to the local servo and exchanged for a stamped, in date, newly sprayed full one. $27.00! I hear it is cheaper around the traps, don't know if they do smaller bottles.
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Follow Up By: Ralph2 - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:41

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:41
Kwik Gas in S.A do 4kg exchange ones from servos.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:02

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 08:02
My Dad has had a problem with this system. He took his approx 2yr old gas bottle to be swapped into this system. The bottle they gave him was almost out of date but he didn't realise at the time. So when he took it to be swapped again it was out of date and they wouldn't swap him! After a little arguing etc they swapped it for him though.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:01

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 19:01
From memory (do I have dementia?) my 4.5kg test was about $10.00 less than the cost of a new bottle. I got it re-certified though because of the beaut built-in float and gauge that shows how full (or empty if your a pessimist) it is.

Now I'm unique because not only do I have a bottle with a gauge on it, but it is 4.5kg capacity and they are as rare a rocking-horse poop.

Bill


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Reply By: nickoff - Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 13:31

Friday, Mar 18, 2005 at 13:31
Even rarer

I have a 16km LPG bottle that I used to use on by BBQ. Manufactured 1963 with test stamps and still current, BUT, I cannot get it filled because of new legislation that will allow max 9Kg bottle to be transported in an enclosed vehicle. I can carry upto 30 9Kg botles in the covered back of my ute, but not 1 16 Kg bottle.
The law is an ASS.

Nick.
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