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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, my uncle's a plumber and I was asking him about how much he pays for his cylinder and gas.

He said he pays 120$ rent a year, per cylinder. The cylinders look about 3ft long. Gas costs 50$ per refill.

Would it be better to rent it like this, or go and buy one outright? Im in Aus by the way, so it'll cost me an arm and a leg to buy.

Also, how long would a cylinder that large last me on a 30 gallon tank?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 04:20 AM
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I cant answer your cost question, but that tank should last a year at least...

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A cylinder that large, if you are careful about leaks, should last you several years. A three foot high tank is either a 20lbs or a 50lbs. I've been running a 5lbs tank on a 30 gallon for several months now and it is still more than 90% full.

Rent the tank if you can. That way you don't have to worry about taking care of it.

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Check out whats available in your area. At some places, you can rent the tank (I've even seen just a single initial payment), and then you just pay for the refills. If the tank fails testing, then they give you a new one without charge.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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wow, thats a long time then. Do they supply the fittings aswell? By that I mean the valve on top.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2004, 12:29 PM
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All gas tanks come with the valve on top of the tank. You will need to get at least a regulator, a needle valve and some tubing. Everything else is, if you are a minimalist, dispensable.

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