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Old 12-04-2006, 01:58 PM   #11
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I just spent around $12 to get my tank refilled. The place near me could not exchange my 20 lb tank because they said it was an odd size. I think my LHBS only carries 10 lb tanks...

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:40 PM   #12
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I think your getting ready to screw the pooch. Find another vendor.

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Old 12-05-2006, 04:44 PM   #14
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You guys were right. I can get my tank hydro tested for $15 + probably $4 for some parts it might need.

However, CO2 itself seems more expensive than what you guys are talking about. A 20lb refill is C$35-41 Praxair, the same company you guys are using wants C$35.

Dry Ice sells for $1.58 a pound here. I can get a 20oz CO2 tank filled for $3.

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Old 12-05-2006, 04:50 PM   #15
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:52 PM   #16
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I agree that a tanks swap place is a good bet. That way you don't have to worry about your tank expiring on you. Everytime year go in you get a certified tank.

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Good ideas, guys. There is a bar just down the road from me. I'm going to visit them and find out where they get their CO2. Maybe I can send my tank along with their order and maybe they get a good price.

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Old 12-05-2006, 07:15 PM   #18
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Good ideas, guys. There is a bar just down the road from me. I'm going to visit them and find out where they get their CO2. Maybe I can send my tank along with their order and maybe they get a good price.

Over here bars don't pay for CO2 the Brewery give it them free. So the cellar man should swap the odd one for a few home brews.
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:21 PM   #19
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The ruling on all steel tanks is as long as DOT (The Department of Transportation) has not pulled the exception on the bottle, they will last forever. Unless the do not pass a hydrostatic test that has to be done every 5 years on most steel tanks, 3 years on aluminum and composite, 12 years on storage tanks. Composite and hoop wrap bottles have a bottle life of 15 years. I do have the joy of maintaining all the air bottles on my Fire department and sending them out for Hydro testing. If you go to a scuba shop or just look in the yellow pages for a hydro testing facility the cost should range from about $10- $35 for hydro testing of your own bottles.

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Old 12-06-2006, 06:28 AM   #20
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So a steel tank with a hydro test every five years sounds like the way to go if you don't want to do bottle exchanges. If you start with a new steel tank, it doesn't seem like you'd ever have to worry about it wearing out.

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