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Old 12-03-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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Old 12-03-2006, 10:01 PM   #2
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Call a local welding shop for a price. I exchange my tanks, rather than refilling them, avoiding the problem completely.

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Old 12-04-2006, 03:55 AM   #3
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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)

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Old 12-04-2006, 05:19 AM   #4
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Swap it out, better trade than tryin to re certify it .

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Old 12-04-2006, 06:20 AM   #5
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How often do they have to be certified?

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Old 12-04-2006, 08:24 AM   #6
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Sites like this one say that hydrostatic testing must be done every 5 years. Cost is $20. That doesn't sound excessive to me.

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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 ?

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Old 12-04-2006, 10:23 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:02 PM   #9
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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?

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

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