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brewman ! 12-03-2006 06:58 PM

My 20lb CO2 tank has expired... now what ?
 
I've got a 20 pound steel CO2 tank that has expired. How much should it cost to get it re certified ? How much should a 20 pound CO2 refill cost ?

When one considers the cost of re certifying, is it more or less expensive to use 20 pound tanks or 20 oz paintball tanks ? I'll be brewing 4 to 6 6gal batches per year. I'll be using the CO2 for racking and for carbonation.

Thanks.

david_42 12-03-2006 09:01 PM

Call a local welding shop for a price. I exchange my tanks, rather than refilling them, avoiding the problem completely.

dantodd 12-04-2006 02:55 AM

what david said. Hydro fees are less than $50. I think it's around $30 here in San Francisco area. (fee applies if you have them fill yours or just swap it out)

Gabe 12-04-2006 04:19 AM

Swap it out, better trade than tryin to re certify it .

disaffected 12-04-2006 05:20 AM

How often do they have to be certified?

disaffected 12-04-2006 07:24 AM

Sites like this one say that hydrostatic testing must be done every 5 years. Cost is $20. That doesn't sound excessive to me.

brewman ! 12-04-2006 07:44 AM

The welding shop I visited said the tank needed to be replaced, not hydro tested. Basically $100 for a new tank. Even suggested to leave my old one because it was worthless.

What are you guys paying for a 20 pound refill ?

Orfy 12-04-2006 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brewman !
The welding shop I visited said the tank needed to be replaced, not hydro tested. Basically $100 for a new tank. Even suggested to leave my old one because it was worthless.

What are you guys paying for a 20 pound refill ?

He's ripping you off.

Bobby_M 12-04-2006 12:02 PM

The guy at the welding shop is probably not qualified to decommission a tank (unless they actually hydro and recertify there). He just wanted to steal it from you. Was it corroded at all?

Desert_Sky 12-04-2006 01:21 PM

I believe its re-hydroed every 5 years and replace after 15


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