Exchanging Gas Cylinders – Be Cautious
Published 11 years ago, updated 4 years ago
POTENTIAL GAS BOMB!
We recently swopped an empty Camping Gas cylinder for a full one at a shop in Corfu town. The shop front was smart and the owner was an agent for Camping Gas and Shell Gas.
The full cylinder I was given lacked a seal at the neck, indicating that the guy probably filled the cylinders himself but this has been a regular occurrence throughout Spain and Italy so nothing unusual. The bottle was a bit rusty, but nothing out of the ordinary and I took it away.
Over the next couple of days, there was a smell of gas around the boat. I suspected a pipe or regulator leak and so began checking the system by immersing parts of it in a bucket of water. Everything checked OK until I tried the “full” cylinder I had just purchased. As soon as it was immersed in fresh water a large leak was evident at the rounded base. The cylinder was rushed off the boat and left in a safe place for several hours until it emptied.
Upon examination, the base of the cylinder was totally corroded, weak and porous. This was a close escape, and the lessons learned are:
1) Have a good self-draining gas locker(thankfully we did).
2) Don’t trust sellers of gas bottles and have a good check over, particularly in “yachtie” areas where they have probably been subjected to salt water. Include a check of the most vulnerable part, the base, by turning it upside down. Refuse anything you don’t like or go somewhere else!
SY Riviera Magic