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I was just looking at the Barnes Brinkcraft web cam, and I noticed that they have a huge calor tank on the quay side.

So is this used for refilling gas bottles or for their own use for heating etc in the workshops?

I have read that it is possible to refill propane gas bottles with auto gas, at petrol stations with that facility, but there is also the danger of over filling.

I would like a cheaper source of propane as we only have room for 2 small 3.9 kg bottles.

I have also heard people decant propane from the larger 47kg bottles,
This sounds dangerous to me.

I think I will keep with the calor refills.

Any ideas or suggestions?


best regards, Richard.
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May-19-2012 @ 10:24 AM                           Permalink
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I'm afraid your post has reminded me of a certain sky diver, who wasn't much more than a novice.
He was doing a particulaly high altitude dive on this occasion and everything was going smoothly until the time came for him to open his parachute. He pulled the ripcord but nothing happened. He tugged and tugged at the cord, but still nothing happened.
Remembering his training, he went for his emergency chute, but that too failed to open.
As he was coming to terms with his inevitable demise, he suddenly realised he could see someone else. Miraculously, this person was on his way UP! As they passed the skydiver called out,
"Do you know anything about parachutes?"
The other chap replied,
"No. Do you know anything about Calor?"

I'm sorry, I know that's on the wrong thread, but it seemed so appropriate.
Personally, I would stick to proper re-fills... Much much safer.

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'cos I can see by infra-red, Oh how I hate the night.
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May-19-2012 @ 10:35 AM                           Permalink
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  at home our domestic gas supply comes from a large
calor tank we have in the garden, we live out in the
sticks so too far away from the mains supply.
    when the tank was installed and connected to the
house a 47kg bottle was decanted into the tank to keep
us going untill the tanker arrived a few days later
      the bottle was lifted higher than the tank, a pipe
from the bottle to the tank then turn the bottle on.
       these people knew what they were doing so i
dont recommend you have a go without the knowhow

   if you do make sure you take the cig out of your
  mouth first Evil Grin

  ALAN   DL15

tell me where i am pilot,
not where i should be

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Filling bottles from LPG pumps at petrol stations is strictly forbidden, every pump has a warning notice to that effect. In my opinion the stuff's much too dangerous to mess about with, leave it to those who know what's what.

I, too, wondered about Barnes Brinkcraft's gas tank, but despite asking on here, never got to the bottom of it.

Regards, Ray.

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I remember saying last year that I would ask
them about it but forgot... Blush
Iv'e never seen anyone using it in all the time
we've been there, but saying that, I wonder why
they did'nt get rid when they were doing the
quay work.
We're back on Wednesday so I will try and remember
to ask!

A wet drought! Thats a first!!

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[SOT]
quote:"......
if you do make sure you take the cig out of your mouth first
......."


reminds me, about 40 years ago in Walton on Thames, seeing a man with British Gas (or maybe Gas Board!) on his overalls in a hole in the ground with some sort of electronic meter in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other.  A portable sign next to the hole said "no smoking - gas leak".

I've wondered ever since which device was more likely to bring a leak to his attention!

Regards

PeteB Confused

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“I have read that it is possible to refill propane gas bottles with auto gas, at petrol stations with that facility”

You’re probably thinking of the refillable systems for caravans and motorhomes. BUT, these systems are permanent installations, using specially designed cylinders which can’t be overfilled, and the caravan/motorhome has the same and quite safe external Autogas connections as a car. It’s not quite the same as refilling the exchangeable cylinders that we lug around on our boats.

Peter

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Peter thanks for the  info, I have also heard of adaptors being sold on ebay that connect direct to the propane bottles, which I think is very dangerous due to over filling.
Some people fill them in the rear of their cars,  so the garage owner can't see,  some have the correct autogas connector on the outside of the car, but an adaptor on the inside, for the bottles.
The only clue the garage owner sees is the start stop as they connect to another bottlle.

There will be some real problems on the forecourt if there is a leak and a subsequent explosion.



best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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This thread has made me want to ask the question - where do people go to replace their calor gas?

"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."


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Is there any boats about running on gas.

Years ago there was a hire fleet on the Leeds & Liverpool that run on gas, total different smell when you shared a lock together.



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