Just been investigating this today. Tonydav, attaching the reg is a piece of homebrew. It just screws right on, you'll understand when you see it. This is definitely the way to go in my opinion, I hope the fire extinguisher isn't too dear though. I was dreading having to pay the ball shrinking prices that BOC and Air Liquide charge for the rental, so I'm more than happy for an upfront fee then happy days will follow.
Does anyone know how much a CO2 tank (9kg or smaller) or a fire extinguisher costs? New or Used, and how much is a refill? I used to rent a CO2 tank from BOC back in the early 90's but it escapes me how much they charged me for the rental or refills.
New 3.5kg CO2 extinguisher is $230+GST from Wormald, 5kg is $250 + GST. Also got prices from another place they were $276 and $295 respectfully, GST included.
So a bit steep first up but I guess worth it in the long run. 2.5 years of use and you have covered it. Don't know about the refill yet. I'm going to try and find a second hand one, will need to get it tested but should be worth it still providing it passes.
E-mail me with the prices you have been quoted for your extinguishers,including size(usually 2.0,3.5,5.0 kg,the latter being the better/bigger). I'll see what sort of prices I can get.(see www.fmsservices.com.au)
That puppy up there is a 10.0 kg and came fitted with the valve(a bit sturdier than the o-ring on the spindle in the handle). Haven't tried to fit a reg to it as yet.
extinguishers require a pressure test every 6 years.
Costs from my local fire extinguisher supply company:
Bottle (5kg) about $120 + fittings on the top ($??)
Gas refills - $50
From my local gas co:
Rental - 10kg - $84/yr
- 22kg - $90/yr
Gas refill - 10kg - $35
- 22kg - $48
This mob aren't charging a 'security deposit' which at $300 made it a bit of a joke.
Working on about one 10kg bottle a year the gas for the 5kg fire extinguisher was going to cost me about $100 year vs about $24/year for the 22kg (I have a ute so easy enough to transport).
Add in the rental and the 22kg works out at about $114/year and I don't have to buy a bottle or get it certified etc. Hence decided to go this way - might have been different if I could have bought a 10kg extinguisher bottle or the refill costs were a bit more reasonable.
I bought a co2 cylinder a few years back. It is an airliquide cylinder so all I do is give it to a mate with a airliquide account and swap 1 for 1. No rent, just give the mate an extra $5.
Beats paying BOC rent!