Price and requirements of testing Barbeque LPG Cylinders - Frequently Asked Questions

 

 BBQ Cylinder Re-Certification & Valve replacement

Small cylinders up to 4.25kg  $25.00 inc GST

Large cylinders from 4.25 - 9kg  $30.00 inc GST

Large cylinders from 4.25 - 9kg (including a gas level indicator gauge) $40.00 inc GST

 

 FAQ's

What is a Cylinder Test Station?
Gas cylinder test stations are certified in Australia under Standards Australia Quality Services division for testing a variety of pressure vessels. Common Propane cylinders are classed as pressure vessels as pressures at ambient temperatures may reach 1000 kPa.

Which Cylinders are tested?
Propane (LPG) cylinders are tested and generally certified within 24 hours. Most common customer owned caravan, camping and handyman cylinders as well as automotive LPG fuel tanks may be tested. Some small Propane and almost all Butane cartridge style containers may not be tested. Only cylinders made to a code currently listed in Australia are tested.

Why is testing necessary?
Cylinders may suffer corrosion and other mechanical damage that render them unsafe. Some parts of the cylinder valve/s may deteriorate over time. Exposure to harsh environment such as salt air may speed up the deterioration of the cylinder and valve/s. Regular testing gives trained operators the opportunity to examine the cylinder for corrosion or damage and to replace the valves to enable a further period of safe use. Cylinders that have been subject to fire or extreme heat should not be used and are likely to fail the test. Cylinders with identifying marks permanently obscured by rust or other means will not pass test. Gas refilling stations are obliged to check the date of every cylinder to be refilled. If the cylinder is not "in test" then it should not be filled.

How often should cylinders be tested?

Australian Standards require that LPG cylinders are tested every ten years. It is a good practice to have cylinders checked more often if they are subject to a harsh environment or if there is any evidence of damage or corrosive pitting on the cylinder .

How long does a retested cylinder stay "in test"?
Retested cylinders may be used for ten years from the retest date before requiring a further retest. This is the same usage period as a new cylinder.

How can I tell when my cylinder is due for a retest?
All cylinders are stamped with a test date (month and year) and the licensed gas cylinder test station stamp. You should find this stamp on the neck ring or foot ring of most common types of cylinders. If you are not sure, your refiller should be able to identify the stamp for you.

Is it economical to test a cylinder compared to purchasing new?
It is almost always more cost effective to have your existing cylinder tested rather than purchasing a new cylinder. Depending on the shelf period of the new cylinder, you may find your retested cylinder has a significantly longer period "in test". We do not charge for testing if a cylinder fails. Should you choose to purchase a new cylinder, your old cylinder should be disposed of thoughtfully.

How do I dispose of my old cylinder?
Go to http://www.ecorecycle.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/556-detox-your-home.asp where you will find a "Detox your Home Collection Timetable" for a location near you.

General information
Cylinders that have been cared for and tested after the correct periods will give many years of safe, useful service. Filling should be done by trained operators only. Only cylinders "in test" should be filled. Cylinders must not be overfilled. This is a dangerous practice and could result in release of gas. Filling requires the transfer of the liquid state of LPG. Care should be taken not to come in contact with the liquid which may be as cold as -42 C and can cause skin damage similar to a severe burn. Never tamper with the valveware on the cylinder. The valves are designed for safe operation of the cylinder and should not be adjusted or attempt made to repair. Tampering could result in leaks, premature release of gas or pressures exceeding the cylinder design. Keep cylinder valves and safety valves capped to prevent fouling of the valve or connections. Portable cylinders should be stored and carried in a secure upright position. (The valveware on the cylinder includes a safety relief valve which must always be connected to the vapour space of the cylinder.) Note some exceptions to this include automotive LPG (and forklift) tanks which should be transported in the correct orientation - usually marked on the tank. There is a limit to the capacity and number of cylinders that you may carry in your car. The maximum number of cylinders is 6. The maximum size is of any one cylinder is 2.25kg (5lb) - of LPG. The maximum total capacity is 5kg (11lb). A cylinder up to 9kg capacity may be carried in your car, but only to get it refilled.