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Question Timstar Gas Cylinders

2 years 6 months ago #40183 by Leigh Preece
Hiya everybody.

I'm looking to replace an old (but still delivering) BOC Oxygen container and we aren't prepared to pay BOC's monthly charge to store their cylinder here (£7 a month) as well as the cylinder filling fee when I can get same gas from Timstar for £32 as a one-off that will no doubt last me a good few years.

Anybody using the Timstar cylinders and any comments on them appreciated.

Leigh.....

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2 years 6 months ago #40184 by SteveKeys
If it's a one-off purchase, what happens to the dead cylinder once the gas has been used?

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2 years 6 months ago #40185 by Leigh Preece
Sent for recycling c/o my household can skip by the looks of it once pierced.

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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #40186 by AndyG
To take commercial waste to the tip you must
(a) be a licensed waste carrier and
(b) pay for the disposal of commercial waste at the appropriate rate.

In any case, I tried this with an empty nitrogen cylinder (mine) and was turned away as it wasn't LPG ... which did strike me as most strange seeing as it was (a) empty, (b) non-flammable contents and (c) inert contents.

Oh, and a local College use MAPP gas disposable cylinders which are "disposed of as recyclable in the normal refuse after removing the plug". They have recently been told they cannot dispose of them via the council refuse and it's going to cost a fortune for specialist disposal.

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2 years 6 months ago #40192 by Leigh Preece
Timstar's website says:

"How to dispose of the empty bottles please?

Once empty, they can then be disposed of into the normal waste system, without notification."

So - getting back to topic - has anyone used them and any comments please, besides disposal methods?

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2 years 6 months ago #40194 by sue tez
im on my second one easy enough to use
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2 years 6 months ago #40195 by Kasey
I'm interested in this too, our BOC Oxygen cylinder costs us £48-44 per year and we use it maybe once or twice, usually for putting oxygen into a gas jar.
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2 years 6 months ago #40196 by SteveKeys
We ditched all cylinders years ago for the simple reason of extortionate "Hire" costs of the cylinders.

We now make the gases as required via Mno2/H2O2 or Mg/HCl etc into gas jars / Test Tubes etc.

The only issue this has brought up is filling a balloon with hydrogen but that's something we can comfortably live without in preference of the cost savings
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2 years 6 months ago #40200 by Kasey
Never had a hydrogen cylinder, I fill balloons with H2 using a 2 litre conical flask, magnesium turnings and 2MHCL. Stand the conical flask in cold water as it does get rather hot!
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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #40201 by bsimmo
A post I made to this is missing, never mind.

We use a local company (may be run under www.specialityoxygen.co.uk/ as there is this sticker on it ) but it used to be a different name, bought 3 cylinders from them over the 10 years.

Prices have gone up a lot, but you get the bottle, regulator, oxygen (2000L at 200bar iirc)
unfortunately cannot remember the price, but it's an all in cost, no renting anything.

Does for us for Biol, gas jar filling, pop bottle filling, stopping that Friday felling and Monday morning yawns.. (joke ;-) ).
May be worth having a look at.

The Timstar seem quite expensive for what you get,

We ditched chemicals a long time ago for this for safety and ease of use and time.
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2 years 6 months ago #40214 by Leigh Preece
Thanks everyone for your feedback.

For the amount we don't use, compared to the hire charge (paying to keep their cylinder in our building!), the Timstar cylinders will do the job fine.

Leigh....

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