View Full Version : Storing full Al 3000 tanks

07-02-2008, 20:16
I filled some tanks, thinking I was going to dive last weekend. I didn't dive. How long are these tanks safe to store full? I'm hoping to dive within the next two weeks.


One is a Catalina Al 80, the other a Luxfer Al 80.


07-02-2008, 20:21
A long long time, just don't put them in your car for a long time on a hot day. :)

07-02-2008, 20:31
What about a hot tool shed during hot days? Would it be better to have them outside in an open air situation in the backyard in the shade?


07-02-2008, 20:45
If they are in the shade they aren't likely to get over 100 degrees, which is not a problem. Tanks are routinely stored full for weeks and even months. I've seen no evidence the air "goes bad" but I personally would probably drain the tank and get a new fill after a few months. And then hit myself over the head with a hammer for being out of the water that long.

07-02-2008, 21:45
Tanks are pretty resilient. Just don't overdue it. A hot shed in summer shouldn't be an issue. (as long as it isn't really an oven masqueaiding as a shed)

As for storage life - up to a year is fine by my standards. I tend to want to do a visual each year so that's the common benchmark.

07-02-2008, 22:52
The air should be good until your next VIP.

07-02-2008, 23:38
Your best bet is keeping them upright inside....the AIR will stay good till the VIP is required to be done.

07-03-2008, 01:37
under 100 outside in the shade... hey now I live in texas that could be a bit tough.

07-03-2008, 10:54
Thanks for the info. I feel better now! Tanks just tend to make me paranoid