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Many customers are familiar with the ‘Swap & Go’ gas bottles available at local hardware stores and service stations and may have even picked up one for their BBQ. Not having to refill the gas bottle after use has added to the success of the product, with the improved safety and convenience appreciated by BBQ owners across the country.
On the back of this success, many industrial gas suppliers are now offering the same service, which is ideal for small, infrequent users and handymen. For those who only use gas from time to time, the monthly bottle hire cost was often a bridge too far.
Edcon Steel has a variety of SpeedGas cylinders available for purchase or swap and go.
With our upfront purchase and pay-as-you-go system, you only pay for the gas as you need it — and our customers love it.
Before you pick up your gas bottle, make sure you know which will be the most suitable for your welding project. Some important considerations include the finished weld properties, preparation and post-weld clean-up, the weld transfer process and your base materials.
The type of welding you’re undertaking will determine the type of gas you need. If you’re new to welding, or a bit unsure of the type of gas you need, we’ve got you covered.
In general, cylinders should be stored away from ignition sources and kept in cool, dry, well-ventilated areas, out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Cylinders should be stored in an upright position on a firm, level floor, preferably concrete, secured and separated from empty cylinders. All oxygen cylinders should be kept oil-free and stored away from any sources of oil.
Importantly, oxygen and acetylene can react dangerously with one another. It is imperative that they are never stored together.
All gas bottles should be checked for specific storage conditions. For further advice on storage, contact your gas manufacturer.
Welding gases are hazardous and can be dangerous if handled and stored incorrectly. To make sure you are using gas cylinders safely and efficiently, it is important to follow all manufacturer instructions, Australian Standards and WorkSafe Codes of Practices, safety data sheets (SDSs) and safety protocols.
Here are just a few basic tips:
Whether you want to know more about our gas bottles or you’re looking for steel and metal products for your next project, we can help.
Edcon Steel is Australia’s most comprehensive online steel and metal superstore, so if you’re looking for products for your next project, we’ve got you covered. We cut and supply steel and metal – in a wide range of shapes, sizes and grades – for all your project needs.
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