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Old 04-25-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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I went to get my (5 lb) CO2 tank filled, really exchanged, but asked what they would charge me to upgrade to a 10 lb tank. They said "nothing just the price of the gas". I had already paid for the 5 lb so I said next time. The only thing is they don't have the aluminum (10 lb) tanks just steel. Is this a no brainer? What's the drawback of steel other then room and weight?
I'm pretty sure I have the room. I put 4 tapers on a frig in my garage. The 4 ball lock fit fine and I have my CO 2 tank in the center of the kegs with room to spare. I'm not sure why I'm over thinking this....what would you do?

Price of a 5 lb = $20
Price of a 10 lb = $32

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:54 AM   #2
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$20lb to fill a five pounder? I'd say look somewhere else, but thats just me. My LHBS does it for 10, but ive also found a soda company that will fill it for 7.99.

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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My LHBS wants $24 for a 5 lb exchange. I know of another place that fills for $17 but I would make that up the diffrance in gas to get there. Anyone know of a place in the NWBurbs of Chicago thats cheaper?

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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My LHBS wants $24 for a 5 lb exchange. I know of another place that fills for $17 but I would make that up the diffrance in gas to get there. Anyone know of a place in the NWBurbs of Chicago thats cheaper?
Wow...a couple disributors around me go anywhere from 7 to 10 for a 5lber, 20 seems high.
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I think last time in I was $20ish for 20lbs...

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Gas fills are expensive around here, but to me it seems like a nobrainer to upgrade to the bigger space if you have the space. I don't ever lift the tank but to refill it, so weight really doesn't concern me, but that being said I have a 5lb aluminum tank.

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I guess its big city big prices.

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Is this a no brainer?
What's the drawback of steel other then room and weight?
I'm pretty sure I have the room.
what would you do?
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yes, a no-brainer
drawbacks? like you said, room and weight
i'd go for the swap.
go for the bigger tank. most of us would have to pay $50-75 extra for the tank swap PLUS the gas. you should be able to find a cheaper price for a refill, but i think i'd go for a bigger tank first
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yikes. I pay $17 for 20lbs. If you do the swap, you'll pay less per pound, so that seems like a no brainer to me.

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if you're looking for another option I'm also in Illinois(southwest burbs). I use AirGas to refill my tanks 5 lb tanks are about $18, never inquired about going to 10 lb though.

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