What to do with old oxy and acetylene bottles...?

Discussion in 'Workshop Projects' started by Longneck, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Longneck

    Longneck Member

    Basically I've been left with a very old set of oxy acetylene bottles that I don't know how to get rid of.

    Have let all gas out of them but can't get the valves out to fill them with water.

    Was wondering if I could cut them up for scrap but a bit unsure about doing this??

    Any suggestion???
     
  2. ACEngineering

    ACEngineering Member

    Location:
    Oxon
    Take them back to who the belong be there problem then.
     
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  3. Kidds

    Kidds Member

    Location:
    Warrington
    Get in touch with the makers (BOC, Air Products etc.) and they will collect them.
    Done this very recently with some 30+ year old bottles.
     
  4. Land Rover

    Land Rover Member

    Location:
    North Ayrshire
    Could you not just take them to BOC or whoever originally owned them .
    Or I see the local dumps here have cylinder cages for these type of things ( I've had a few bottles out of them :whistle:) .
    I think the Acetylene is dissolved in acetone and the inside of the cylinder might have charcoal or something in it , probably never safe to cut open .
    The oxygen makes a good air receiver if it's cleaned out I'm told .Not sure how clean it has to be , but oil and grease with Oxygen is to be avoided :watching:
     
  5. Greenbeast

    Greenbeast Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    yeah i wouldn't risk the acet bottle, done propane in the past but never with valves on, cut only after filling with water first.

    If you don't have a project requiring them just have them collected
     
  6. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Use them as bollards.
     
  7. Fuzzy

    Fuzzy Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Phone up the owner (BOC ? 0800 111 333 ) and they will collect them.
     
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  8. MickW

    MickW Member

    Location:
    South West
    Whatever you do don't cut them up I recall a farmer in Ireland years ago killed himself when cutting up a cylinder.
    You only live once
     
  9. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    They are not yours to cut up anyway so get the owners to deal with them. In the majority of cases you only rent them.
     
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  10. take them to town put a alarm clock and some old wires on them and they will get disposed of fairly quickly
     
  11. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    And you might dissappear for 10 years as well!
     
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  12. Longneck

    Longneck Member

    Result! Just phoned Air Products (who's name is on them) and they have arranged to collect them within 2 weeks.

    Thanks for replies, I was under the impression that because they were not "in contract" they wouldn't want to touch them.

    Really wasn't keen to cut them up! Thanks again for all replies.
     
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  13. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Box won't pick theirs up from here. Got six bottles and they said we had to deliver them, perhaps we'll charge because most of them were never our bottles anyway.
     
  14. Grassman

    Grassman Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    I seem to remember that some people tried to sell bottles on ebay and Boc contact them. They tell them they aren't allowed to sell them and they then arrange to pick them up. This quite recent.
     
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  15. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Thanks, I must admit it was a couple of years ago they wouldn't come. Perhaps they've realised the old bottles could be a liability.
     
  16. Nearly

    Nearly Member

    Location:
    YO7
    There was an ad on local radio here that Calor would pay £7? per bottle that you took back to their agents.
    I wish BOC would do the same, £££££
     
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  17. Bobthebuilder

    Bobthebuilder Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    Is that still the case as I have 3 big, 1 medium propane and 2 small Mac gas bottles kicking about the workshop
     
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  18. Nearly

    Nearly Member

    Location:
    YO7
    I think it was just for Calor's own bottles.
     
  19. Fuzzy

    Fuzzy Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    This is what one looks like after it explodes !!! (Driver survived)

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. 7610 super q

    7610 super q Member

    Location:
    Crapweathershire
    Jackpot :greedy::greedy::greedy:
    I've got 20 left behind by a previous owner.:rolleyes:
    Will they ask any awkward questions about where I got them from ?:unsure:
     
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