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Old 01-04-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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I got a Bernzomatic oxygen tank for Christmas to aerate my wort. I am having a hell of a time trying to find a place to get it filled. I called a couple welding shops( one being airgas) close to me and they refused to fill it. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago. Anyone know where I should get this thing filled, or better yet a place to call other than a welding shop?

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Old 01-04-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the small, 16oz, disposable O2 tanks?

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Old 01-04-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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What size tank is it ?, if it's the small disposable red can type, they won't refill those .

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The little red 16 oz bottle? I don't believe anyone will refill it for you. It's supposed to be a disposable non re-used item. Dangerous and probably illegal to refill.

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It is the small oxygen tank from midwest supplies "the oxynator". IT shipped empty so I am a bit shocked that I cannot get it filled. It has never had any oxygen in it.

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Interesting...Have you tried medical supply shops? Not sure if they do O2 or not. And just keep calling around. I had to call 8 welding shops before i found one that would fill CO2 tanks, and not exchange them.

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o2 weighs nothing, assuming you tried and it was empty, they will exchange it I am sure, or at least they should

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o2 weighs nothing, assuming you tried and it was empty, they will exchange it I am sure, or at least they should
Except it says on their site they will be shipped empty...
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PLEASE NOTE: Federal Law requires that Oxygen cylinders be shipped empty. You may have them filled locally at any welding supply shop, or check "Gas Suppliers" in your yellow pages
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Right, so instead of shipping you an empty tank, they should drop the price to reflect the lack of a tank and suggest you buy it from a local Lowes or HD. Those tanks are not refillable and they know it. Actually now that I look, item 6688 for $68 contains the tank and says "in store" only. Item 6688x doesn't come with a tank and is $58. Which did you buy and how much did you pay?

Someone said O2 doesn't weigh anything... if it's a 16oz cylinder then it contains 1 pound of O2.

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I agree. They do have an option to purchase without the tank. And not that it makes any difference, but the picture they show has a 14oz bottle.

Give Northwest a call. They've always been very responsive when I've called them in the past.

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