View Full Version : Windchimes out of gas bottles

John Stuckey
07-31-2005, 11:40 PM
I have seen windchimes made out of the top 12-15" of gas bottles - valves removed, top welded over, hanger added to top, hook added to top of inside for hanging the striker. They sound great. Anybody made any of these things?

07-31-2005, 11:55 PM
Hotfoot did a few not so long ago. Here they are.




08-01-2005, 12:41 AM
This one is from a fire extinguisher...
This was a CO2 cylinder...
This was an O2 cylinder

08-01-2005, 07:20 AM
I've got an old tank from a firefighters Scottpak. I've already cut the bottom of and just have to add a hanger hook and clapper. What I was wondering was how it should be hung in the garden. Anybody have a cool looking idea. My wife thinks I'm nuts making a wind chime out of this thing but if I can come up with a cool way to hang it she'll change her tune

08-01-2005, 08:20 AM
Iron to Art: There's my simple "rustic" arch shown above, but here's someone's welded solution...

08-01-2005, 02:21 PM
here's one I did from a co2 dispenser bottle.

clapper is a 2x6 cut in a circle with about 1/2" clearance around it... the 'windcatcher' board had been replaced with a sheet of 1/4 plexiglass approx 1' x 2'... 3/8" chain used to hang the bell and the clapper..

used two eye rings with threaded stock between for the external and internal connections of the chain... got a nice mellow medium low tone that doesn't disturb the neighbors too much... it's approx 2' long and 9" in diameter..


08-01-2005, 06:52 PM
Thanks Hotfoot. That gives me something to think about. Instead of thinkin about my old Dodge truck thats suffering for steering troubles :mad:

John Stuckey
08-01-2005, 10:32 PM
Thanks for the great responses.
How can I get an even cut on the tanks? I have tried using a cut-off saw and rotating the cylinder between cuts without much luck. My freehanding the cut will not produce too even a cut (OA or plasma). I looked at horizontal band saws and the ones I can afford don't have a deep enough throat. Thought about building a holder for the tank where the tank rotates and the torch is stationary but this seems like a lot of work. I would appreciate some ideas.
John :confused:

08-01-2005, 11:04 PM
Larger tanks I use a oxy/propane cutting torch, jut draw the line carefully, follow it best you can (i place the tank in a simple "crib" that allows me to turn it ( a helper would greatly speed this step up). Smaller tanks, like fire extinguisher size, I use the chop saw, cut what it can, then rotate some, cut, rotate, etc.. again, a carefully drawn line keeps you on track. To draw that line around a cylinder use a wide piece of heavy , flexible material (I use a rubber floor mat), then run a paint pen around it. My Plasma (Cutmaster 38) just isn't powerful enough for the 1/4" tanks, although I've used it...takes multiple passes, and grind off the dross in between each....pity, because it does such nice cuts. Wish now I had sprung for the Cutmaster 51!
I wish I could just set them in a big bandsaw and let it do all the work!

08-02-2005, 11:14 AM
I had some trouble cutting mine to. I ended up drawing a line around the bottle. drilled a starter hole then used a short blade in my recipro saw. Of course my bottle was aluminum not steel.

08-02-2005, 01:15 PM
I used a Pipe Wrap on mine and took my time and mine came out nice and straight. The neat thing is that you have the bottom part of the tank to use as a scrap holder or somthing. I made a stand for my vise (shameless plug cause I think it was a really good idea). Thump On!!!