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Old 11-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #11
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They do for propane and diesel fuel oil, but then again you have a truck that comes to the house and fills it up. Not sure if they have a truck that will bring that much co 2 haha

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #12
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I saw a service truck 'deliver' CO2 to a convenience store where they filled a tank outside the building. If you can get that setup for home delivery up there, go for it. I can only imagine the costs though.

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:41 PM   #13
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Haha ya it seems totally un-realistic. I will stick with the more common approach on this I think.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:59 AM   #14
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Talked with the AirGas guys today (getting supplies for my oxy-acy welding rig)... You can lease the 50# and 100# tanks from them for not a lot of cabbage. A 50# tank would be around $50 to fill/exchange, with the $50/year lease on it. Didn't get pricing on a 100# tank. Might be worth looking into for you. They are up in Alaska, so it's possible they're in your area, or close enough to take care of you. Even if you only go through one 50# tank a year, having it delivered would make it damned convenient.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #15
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Ya it would. I will have to give them a jingle and see if that would work up here. I bet I would spend $50 a year on gas driving 10 5lb tanks the 20 miles to swap at airgas. 50lb tank would be badass.

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Better to let them spend the fuel getting the CO2 to you, in less trips, than you doing it. Gives you more time to drink/brew.

I'm still working on the first fillup of the 20# tank I have. I would probably get another for when I set up a keezer or second brew fridge. Not ready for that just yet. I do need to think about getting my 2.5# tank filled. I'll probably do it when my 5# needs to be filled too. I also got pricing on getting the paintball gun bottles filled at the local Dick's Sporting Goods. Cheaper than the paintball store was, and it's straight CO2. No lubricants/etc. added.

BTW, with what you're paying per 5# filling/swap, I suspect you'll be saving money right off the bat. Even with the lease cost.

I also found out that AirGas is in all 50 states, so including Hawaii...

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:56 PM   #17
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They are in Alaska too it's true. I just have to drive about 20 miles to get to em. It's about twice as far as the other place I usually go to swap tanks. Both stores however do not fill on site... All the tanks they have are trucked down 3 hrs from anchorage and dropped off periodically depending on demand. That's why I have stated with two 5lb tanks, they always have one and if thy don't, my beer is still on emergency co2 until the next tanks arrive.

I'm curious how long 50lbs would last... Force carbing two to three cornies a month with 6 on tap. I would to build a stand and screw it into the wall to hold the damn tank for safety reasons haha.

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How long does a 5# tank last you???

My 20# tank still reads full (after over a year). I use 3 gallon kegs, going with the slow force carb method. My 'reserve' tank is a 10#, with secondary reserve being the 5# tank. In a pinch, I could use the 2.5# tank too. If I run out of those, I could start going through the paintball bottles. But, something MAJOR would need to have happened for me to even go through the 10# tank before getting the 20# filled.

I plan on getting one of the 20 cubic foot O2 tanks I've been using to oxygenate my wort swapped with a 60. I might swap out the acetylene tank with whatever is the correct matching size. Or just keep using the one I have (was matched to a 40 cubic O2 tank before)... Looking forward to doing more welding at home again. Been many years since I did it last. Need to practice some before I do anything important. Luckily, I should have the flux I need before the end of the week for silver soldering. I hope there's some brazing flux still in my sister's garage.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #19
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It depends but atleast a month, probably 2. Haven't kept real good track of the time line there. Having just installed new lines and manifold, I have been making sure I have no leaks. So far so good, and the tank still has pressure after 2 weeks running new stuff haha. Is the tank volume gauge fairly accurate when the tank is outside the keezer? Can I trust it to tell me when it's getting low?

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More accurate on the larger tanks (10# and up) than the small ones (5#). Only true way to KNOW how much is left would be to weigh it. But, you'll either need to disconnect the regulator, or weigh it full, with everything connected. I didn't do that, so it's hard to say. But, the sucker is still heavy enough to have a lot of CO2 still in it.

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