Empty Bottles?

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  1. ROB1CHELSEA1

    ROB1CHELSEA1 Funster

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    I ran out of gas the weekend (no jokes please) and thought i'd just pay for some and swap the bottles over but when removing both the bottles from the van i found they were not calor but macgas, they are the same size and colour bottle as calor and 6kg, but the warden/farmer was having none of it:Sad:

    will i have problems getting this gas or can i just buy calor bottles and swap them over?


    ROB&JANE
     
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    if its butane the bottle connection/regulator may be different so to buy calor bottles may also mean buying and fitting a new connector/regulator.

    propane should be the same fitting with any bottle.

    it can be hard to find a stockist for spurious bottles
     
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    It looks like MacGas is a northern/Scottish supplier so you could have problems getting it in the south.... http://www.gas-suppliers.co.uk/searches/manufacturers_info.php?id=15

    Probably best to bite the bullet and buy Calor cylinders which are easilly available in the UK but not abroad (may also need new tails). The alternative would be a refillable system such as Gaslow or an underslung tank.

    Brian
     
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    Come on Rob
    Running out of 1 gas bottle is unlucky, run out of 2 is careless
     
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    If you go in to a garage and ask, they "MAY" offer you to fill out a form and exchange for Calor bottles. It's Calor's way of making sure you keep your buisness with them in the future.

    I think the form is called a loyalty form.

    Also try an independent DIY store. We used to use flowgas and changed everytime to whatever he could bother to give us. :thumb:
     
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    you could google flogas see if there is a depot by you. i have a flogas depot at the end of my road . they ont charge deposits or refill agreement charges and are abit cheaper than calor.
    not all propane uses the male thread like calor. it seems to be getting more varied every year. there are other options but i shant mention them here .
    its not gaslow they are expensive . hee hee. or them others .
     
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    Good idea Alan....if you only runout at home :Doh::Wink:

    flogas will still have limited outlets.

    Macgas is the Scotish arm of Handygas in England...but still limited outlets.
     
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    When i bought the van one of the bottles was empty and looking at them i thought they were calor but now i know under close inspection they are not.
    They certainly look the same and the regulator is identical to what would fit on a calor bottle so will now be looking out for some.:thumb:
    Still cant my electric blanket to work off gas:Doh::Rofl1:




    if anyone has any laying about i will be travelling to Rochdale tomorrow and will gladly pick them up:thumb:
     
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    even empty calor cylinders change hands for about £10, as the deposit is so high and without the original form you cant claim it back

    if a calor supplier takes in a different make cylinder they get charged for the deposit thats why they wont do it
     
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    Unless they are nice and fillout the loyalty form I mention. :Wink:
     
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    Rob
    Try your local council skip yard, I've had great success going there, usually loads of empty bottles, give the attendant a couple of quid and he'll give you a bottle. You can then exchange it for calor butane or propane gas or even the new lightweight gas bottles for £2 extra
     
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    I have some Calor bottles surplus to requirements, but Eastbourne is a long way from Rochdale.
    Are you going to Camarthen ??
     
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    Afraid not going carmathan, but will visit local tip:thumb:and recheck the regulator. thanks for all the feedback.


    ROB.
     
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    I got a couple of 13kg red calor gas bottle up for grabs, we could sort something out, we live in Great Bentley :thumb:
     
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    I got an empty one from my local council refuse yard, they usually have a cage with all sorts of bottles, and it saves having to pay the deposit.
     
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    hi pappa .arent flogas nation wide.
    but two bottles and a list from flogas could be the answer . they also have loads of smaller retail outlets that do their bottles just like calor. i was suprised back along to find the depot its on the ind.est. i just hadnt been round there . they also do autogas .last price was 74.3 a litre . but its hard you can have calor and not find a outlet with out driving about.
     
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    Our local Flowgas stockiest never charged a deposit on bottles and even gave free regulators if you did not have one to fit the bottle :Wink::Smile: Unfortunately he has now retired :cry:
    He said he was happy to make money from the gas bottle sales and he got regulators free from Flogas :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Go to your local flogas or other retailer - you will find empty calor dumped outside - just help yourself and go to calor!

    That said, flogas are not usually that fussy over what bottle you bring in!
     
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