Mac Coupler

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Just be sent the Mac Coupler from the USA. I have a 4Kg gas bottle that has a 3/8" LH thread. I have found a converter that converts 3/8" LH to POL that should do the Job.

Is the POL thread a standard RH or LH fitting ??

Will this Mac Coupler work straight out the packet or do I need some sort of adapter to make it fit the Australian Cylinder ??

Any advice would be great

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Reply By: Rhys - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:55

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:55
If you can't work out the connections do you really think you should be illegally decanting gas, I've seen the results of when it goes bad and it's not pretty, Rhys.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:12

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:12
Illegally decanting gas???

Be real Rhys.
There is no problem in using the Mac Coupler at all.
Perfectly safe to use.

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Follow Up By: Rhys - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:06

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:06
Perfectly safe ? the op can't work out how to connect it, that sounds safe.
Illegal to decant / transfer gas, certainly in Vic and I'm pretty sure in the rest of Australia. Maybe a trip to a burns unit may be in order to understand the consequences, Rhys.
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Reply By: dieseltojo - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:55

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:55
Hi thekernel,

The Mac coupler is designed to fill only Coleman throw away gas bottles mate.These bottles cost about $8-00 and are green.A Coleman heater (cat type )will run for about 7 hrs on one bottle.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:05

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:05
Rather a waste of money in the light of their being illegal in Australia.



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Follow Up By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 14:32

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 14:32
Why buy a macoupler when an adapter hose from pol to Coleman type fittings that are in the cat heater and hotwater on demand are far more safer and and a more realistic way of supplying a larger gas supply. I have both units and 2 hose's no dramas of having to cross fill bottles and no danger of a fire. Barnray
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Follow Up By: wafarmer - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 03:37

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 03:37
Yea but everything that saves you money or protects a monopoly position in Australia is illegal.

Matches will be next

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:23

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 16:23
There appears to be a bit of confusion, or scare mongering from comments on this post.

Using a MAC Coupler to refill Coleman disposable cylinder(s) from a larger gas cylinder is a perfectly safe procedure providing you follow the instructions that come with the Coupler.

thekernel,

If you are intending to use the MAC Coupler to refill a Coleman Cylinder and only have the problem of converting from a 3/8" fitting to a POL fitting on the "donor" cylinder the the POL threads are standard and will therefore work "straight out of the packet".

I have four "disposable" Coleman Cylinders I refill via the MAC Coupler and the process is perfectly straight forward and safe.


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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 23:34

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 23:34
I agree with Bill that there does seem to be a bit of scaremongering happening here.

If a spotty teenager can decant gas from a very large bottle down at the gas store with little or no training I am sure a safety conscious adult can do the same.

I regularily decant from my 9kg BBQ bottle to my small camping bottle via a hose with appropriate fittings on either end.

This is no more dangerous than filling a car with gas or even decanting petrol into a lawnmower.

Just MHO

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Follow Up By: thekernel - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:24

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:24
Thanks Bill

Was a simple question I thought and thanks for taking the time to answer it.

I'm always amazed how some people on any internet forums just complicate things and don't actually answer the question

They wouldn't sell these things if it wasn't safe to do it !!Reading the instructions on the packet etc etc. Not smoking whilst filling etc etc.


cheers again Bill

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