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Gas Bottle Storage at Home


All the gas bottle posts are now pretty old. I needed to get a couple of bottle filled/exchanged so google transport regs for enclosed vehicles. Ok to transport 2 bottles of no more than 18kg total. Suits me as one is a nominal 9kg and the other is a nominal 4.5kg.

Then went to home storage, whoops, could have broken the law for over 25 years. DON'T STORE inside the house, garage or shed. We have always used under house brick garage , close to somewhat airgapped roller door to store the small ones. Large one has resided on concrete verandah to be used for bbq. 

Refer to Elgas website or NSW RFS if you wish. Some details conflict as usual between states including the total amount of gas to be stored and where.



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I am not a techi, but

I am led to believe that the reason for not storing a LPG gas bottle inside a house, is that the gas is heavier than air

If the roller door gap is small enough to allow a soft breeze through, then any gas which has escaped from the bottle, may not dissipate quickly enough

Just a thought, and I could be wrong

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Tony, you are quite probably right, I just did not know, so posted this to get folks to check. I now have both bottles under my open 3 sides verandah. Will put some shade cloth in front of them to keep out of direct sun (once we get some).
There was also a note on storage to have the relief side of the valve ( which is opposite to outlet) pointing away from any close walls.

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This raises the question about gas bottles on caravans and when connected to other appliances eg Barbecues stored inside. I always close the isolating valve on the cylinders when I am not using them, so presumably they are safe enough then. But consider caravans in the Spirit of Tasmania. Loose gas bottles have to go in a special trolley which is certainly exposed to the free air, but gas bottles for caravans and presumably motor homes do not. I only use the gas on our fridge when parked somewhere and there is no 240 V power. when travelling I use the 12 V from the car. But later fridges have auto select, and I wonder if the gas systems fire up in the vans when in transit at sea, or do they manually go round and turn each isolating valve off?

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On our trip across on the Spirit I asked about why loose cylinders were confiscated while ones on caravans were OK. I was told that the cylinders on vans were bolted on, whereas if a fire occurred loose cylinders would fly around spreading the fire.
Confiscated cylinders also included butane aerosols! Don't know where they went, but as far as I knew they weren't given back to their owners.

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I had 5L container for petrol in my car, never asked about such things. But it was empty & well dried out for the boat trip.



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Any bottles mounted on a van or MH must be turned OFF at the bottle while on the Spirit of Tasmania.

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Whenarewethere wrote:

I had 5L container for petrol in my car, never asked about such things. But it was empty & well dried out for the boat trip.


Unfortunately empty petrol containers are a greater hazard than full ones owing to explosive nature of petrol fumes. 



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