calor gas refills

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  1. katyjune

    katyjune Read Only Funster

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    hi, does any funsters know if there are any places in spain (coastal) that will top up our calor gas bottles, like they do in portugal, algarve. previous van we had a 13 kg and 7kg, the new van is fitted with 2x7 kg calorlite. we have always managed in the past with the 13and 7. but it is so convenient in the algarve to be able to top up, we are only going costa blanca ishh. dont want to go down gaslow route. thanks
     
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    Never heard of any LPG station topping up Calor bottles... (or any other bottle that doesn't have an auto cutoff valve ) .. surprised they do it in Portugal.. I'm almost certain it's not legal.. it is certainly dangerous..

    is this done by the attendant.. or by yourself ??
     
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    Google Repsol (this may be wrong but I seem to remember something about it when we in Spain a few years ago) but I think you'll find it almost impossible. We were on a rally at La Manga and one of the permanent residents got them filled but I think it was illegal (we didn't enquire....).
    We solved the problem by getting Gaslow canisters installed. Much cheaper to fill up and you can fill at any garage that does LPG
     
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    hi, its done by the attendant at the GPLstation, on n125, at junction to boliqueime, he as all the brass connectors for all the european gas bottles, def not a back st garage setup, also sister site nr border, on way to seville, the service is advertised on the algarve.
     
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    lots of places do it in portugal.
    dont think you will find anywhere in spain . but keep your eyes open for other uk vans lots have adaptors to fill uk bottles here.
    morocco will fill uk bottles and most of the african countries and on the way to india . but that doesnt help you .
     
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    a 7kg top up from empty was 9 euro.
     
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    yes.. quite correct Alan.. it is certainly done in a lot of developing counties..

    but it doesn't make it safe... or legal in Spain

    My advice is if the OP wants refillable bottles they should fit refillable bottles.. not use a bodge onto a Calor or Repsol exchange bottle..

    that's my opinion..
     
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    hi, slightly bemused ,are calor gas bottles not refillable, somebody must fill them. this company seem to know what they are doing, he says he will only fill bottles that are completely empty. the company www.cmpedro.com
     
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    i normally carry a spanish cepsa bottle ,using it now . if going to maroc carry one of their bottles . only using a uk bottle as back up. but can and will fill it if i need to . or the other two if need to.
    unfortunately in the right place to help op. but lots do carry filling adapters and i would say most have very good engineered fittings . fill by litres if empty. obviously care has to be taken .
    but every one has their own thoughts .
    there as been several threads on gas bottle filling .
     
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    How do Calor fill them then....they either weigh them or control the volume. Can see no problem filling using an adaptor providing bottle is empty and you know how many litres ie 80% of capacity to put in...Been doing it for years...BUSBY.
     
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    I'm not going to debate this, it's been done to death already.. you know the risks and are happy to take them , that is your choice..

    I gave my opinion, and yes, @busby I do know how Calor fill bottles.. I was employed by Shell UK Oil at Shellhaven as an instrument technician, in that capacity I repaired, maintained and calibrated LPG bottling equipment.. so may just have a little bit of knowledge of bottle filling.. ..

    As far as I know, no one except Calor is authorised to fill Calor bottles..

    Legally.. ask Calor .. they have already made a statement and I quote

    to fill LPG cylinders from Autogas dispensers. This practice is not only unlawful but also highly dangerous

    http://www.calor.co.uk/news/calor-w...of-lpg-cylinders-at-autogas-refuelling-sites/

    what bemuses me is people will pay £10s of thousands for a van, yet risk it all, void their insurance, all for the cost of a legal and safe refillable system..

    YOUR choice it's YOUR van.. but be aware, you are also endangering others .. that's my last word..
     
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    Picked up a flyer whilst travelling down thorough Spain at the tail end of last year. There is a place at Estepona Port who claim to fill all types of gas bottle, see their web site ( http://gasbottlerefill.com/ ). Have never used them so cannot vouch for them one way or another. Might be worth a phone call. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
     
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    My mate filled his in Spain when we were there. He had a long attachment and the attandant added another end bit and filled it up no hassle.
    That was a Repsol garage :)
     
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    fun, you must be joking
     
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    I dont take van to garage to fill bottle up,,,take my old car because i use the gas for my super serve heater at home....Try to use Spanish gas in van...BUSBY.
     
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    when we went to Spain last year in October, as we planned to use aires mainly, I was worried about running out of gas, (Calor bottles) so took our normal 1 x 7kg and 1 x 13kg that fill the gas locker box, plus a spare 13kg (flogas) secured in garage, to hopefully be sure we would not run out

    I know the 13kg was unused when we left but we did not even use the 13kg, we had it on for heating water and us most nights, but did have some nights on sites and parked on friends drive, but 15 nights not on electric and used less than 13kg

    I will not worry so much next time, it is a bit weather dependent but Spain in October / November is not overly warm once you head north
     
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    nope, I wasn't joking, it won't be fun if your van goes bang due to an overfilled bottle.. ..:eek:

    do you know what happens if a cylinder is overfilled and you get liquid LPG at a cooker burner.. or indeed the fridge.. ?

    like I said.. YOUR van .. your choice..

    see below ...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
     
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    Had a few like this as a Fire Officer for 30 years, listen to Scotjimland. Nasty stuff this LPG, cutting corners to save a bob or two kept me busy. Most accidents were preventable, we all know this, but there are many out there who are happy to put their lives at risk to save a few bob. Well posted Scotjimland, but on falling deaf ears is a common problem.
     
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    jim, i know the risks thats why i wont have a gaslow system fitted, i asked a simple question re if there was any one who knew where in spain gas could be refilled as in portugal. if you didnt know why bother to post.
     
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