LPG Gas Cylinder sizes

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 20:10
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Hiya Guys

I was in a shop today and on the shelf was 2x types of gas cylinders..One was 4.5 kg and the other was 4.0 kg Now why do they do this and which would be the best way to go..

I want to run the fold and go which is like a flame thrower (high gas) and the coleman hotwater..I do not want to lug a 9 kg one around.

I cannot get any Propane Canisters for my Coleman gear locally as they hav sold out in a few shops !



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Reply By: Twinkles - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 20:16
Not related, but I thought I'd throw it in. Buy an Engel!
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Reply By: Thunderflash - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 09:58

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 09:58
Gidday,
I have two comments about gas cylinders, recently while up around Forster NSW way I tried to get a couple of 4.5kg cylinders refilled and had trouble finding anyone who actually filled cylinders anymore. Got sick of looking so made the decision to use swap and go and swap one of them. Whilst doing this I was told that swap and go no longer use 4.5kg and I could only swap for a 4kg.

So with fewer outlets filling bottles these days and the fact that you might have to use swap and go at some point, I'd be going the 4kg.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:13

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:13
How widespread is "swap and go"?

Could you rely on it for a trip, with two people, up Cape York for example?

Brand spanking new to this world of 4WD touring. Haven't even got a stove yet. Don't know what type to get. Thats why this question.

Thanks

Phil
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Follow Up By: tonysmc - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:32

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:32
If "swap and go" is not available you just get the gas bottle filled as you normally would. You do not have to go back to a "swap and go" outlet. Once you have swapped a bottle/cylinder it is effectively yours to do what you like with.

Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:41

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:41
Thanks Tony

As long as either one is widely available then it appears that gas is the go. I would prefer to light a fire myself but then they may not be allowed. Fair enough too.

Phil
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 14:36

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 14:36
Buy a mac coupler and refill your little coleman cylinders. Search on hear on "Maccoupler" and there is lots of info - Thread 63390 for ecample.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:43

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:43
Thanks Pete already did a thread about them awhile ago,Still will get one i think...

Think its pretty pathetic that Coleman push the Propane ones but doesnt make sure there is enough in stores...Its quite possible it maybe Anaconda's,Rays etc etc fault as well,who knows..

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Reply By: Thunderflash - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:55

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:55
Pete Jackman,

Went looking for your link to do with Mac Coupler but didnt get real far. Is it a hose with trigger to transfer from a larger bottle to a smalller bottle or something different?? I used to have access to a hose setup to decanter from a 9kg (or bigger) to a smaller bottle and would love to have that setup again.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:41

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:41
Hiya Thunder

Looked at this option before in this thread..Mac Coupler


No its like a coupling (nut) that screws to the main 9kg then you screw the small one to it ,then turn the 9kg upside down (well both because the small ones connected to it) and fill for about a minute,then unscrew and your done....

RVingoutpost is out of them...

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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:22

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:22
Warfer,

I have two 4KG cylinders and paid extra for the ones with a safety valve. A hose must be screwed in for the gas to vent. Won't vent if the valve knob is accidently knocked while stored away.

As said about the Mac Coupler.
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:47

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 10:47
I'm sure most of us are aware, but just thought I'd mention for the benefit of the original poster that Swap-and-Go is nearly twice the price of a re-fill. I just re-filled my 9kg bottle for $20 (and I've seen it at $17 in the country) but was just putting fuel in the car and noticed the servo did Swap-and-Go. I just asked how much to fill a 9kg bottle and they quoted me $35, which is probably the going rate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:36

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:36
Thanks Steve

And i'm sure you have to depart with a non-refundable $80..




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Reply By: Phil and Sue - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 09:34

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 09:34
Just about to buy something to cook on and was wondering about the costs associated with the Swap and go system.

How much to swap a 4Kg and what joining or deposits are there?

Phil
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