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    Gas bottles (ie. the type you see under a BBQ or on a caravan) need to be replaced or tested every 10 years. There is a date stamped (month & year) on them.

    So, is the date that's stamped on the tank the date when the bottle needs to be re-tested, or the date when the bottle was tested?

    I was considering using the exchange service you see all over the place. Bunnings do them. There were a lot of complaints on the Bunnings website saying that out-of-date bottles were up for exchange - past their re-test date.

    The Kleenheat website states that every bottle is tested when refilled. Perhaps the company fibs. Maybe the people who made the complaints donít know how to read the date on the bottle, which gets back to my original question.

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    The date stamped on the bottle is the date of certification; add ten years to get the "life".

    Providing the bottle was inside of it's 10 yearly inspection date at the time it was filled I don't believe any regulation has been broken. The onus may be upon the retailer (Bunnings etc) to ensure that their stock is rotated to ensure that the bottles at the back don't end up sitting there for a year or so. If however the gas company aren't checking and refilling out of date bottles then it would appear that they may be negligent...

    Personally I use a very good local company (Bundy Hot Gas) who do check for this and also provide bottle recertification; I bought a recertified bottle from them just before Xmas for about 70% of the price of a new one.
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    Anything that is pressure related is always dated at the time of testing.
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    Slightly old thread I know, the Swap n Go at the petrol stations don't check the bottles as you return the empty one, I guess they get lots of out of date bottles returned. I never check the date on the bottle that I take, knowing that it won't be checked at return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Slightly old thread I know, the Swap n Go at the petrol stations don't check the bottles as you return the empty one, I guess they get lots of out of date bottles returned. I never check the date on the bottle that I take, knowing that it won't be checked at return.

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    I ALWAYS check the date on a bottle I am getting and if out of date I don't take it.
    It is worse if you get one leaking gas like I did.

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    Some helpful fact sheets

    Test date = date of last test. So a bottle is "in test" or valid from test date plus 10 years IF the cylinder is undamaged and in good condition. (see below)

    https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/sites...der_g035_0.pdf
    How to check if your gas bottle is out of date? - Statewide Gas

    It pays to have a good look at the bottles you use,
    LP gas cylinder testing | Resources Safety & Health Queensland
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    I don't know where phase out of POL fittings on 9kg bottles is up to, but I guess the next time any 9kg bottle is actually tested it will require its valve to be replaced?

    https://www.snowys.com.au/blog/pol-a...7-gas-fitting/
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    Thanks Fuzzie. I'd never heard of LCC27 valves and apparently they've been fitting them for 3 years!

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