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Old 10-05-2012, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default 24hr waiting period on 5# co2 refill?

I have to drive 50 miles to get my tank filled, or drop it off at the local Airgas shop and wait a week for them to take it to the same Airgas headquarters and fill it and bring it back during their once a week run. It is inconvenient, but you have to drive 50 miles around here to see a movie or some hooters, so it is something we are used to.

Last time, I drove the 50 miles, dropped the tank off, did some shopping at Lowes, and then picked up the tank on the way home. I tried that today, and they said that since it was a 5# tank, regulations required that they kept it 24 hours for pressure testing, making sure it had food grade co2 in it, etc. So, now I have to drive 50 miles tomorrow to pick it up.

I could have swapped it for one already filled with food grade co2 "if we have one in stock back there" but I wanted mine back. It's only a couple of years old, still shiny new aluminum, and looks good with my setup if you know what I mean

Have any of you experienced this, or heard of new laws requiring this, or did the people just not want to be helpful today?

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:16 AM   #2
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Maybe its an Alabama thing? I've never had to wait 24 hours for a safety check.......

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:21 AM   #3
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I didn't either the last time at the same store. Maybe they are taking names for the state's task force.

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I exchange mine. Sure I had a nice shiny new tank when I got it, but I stick it on a shelf in the back of my kegerator anyway so I don't give a crap what it looks like, and the tank they exchange it for is always in good working order.

Unlike propane, which I have had at least two that the valve was completely busted on and so no gas would come out, and one where I used about a quarter of the gas in it and it suddenly decided not to let anymore gas out.

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Where are you going in AL? Just curious; I'm in B'ham.

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Where are you going in AL? Just curious; I'm in B'ham.
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Unlike propane, which I have had at least two that the valve was completely busted on and so no gas would come out, and one where I used about a quarter of the gas in it and it suddenly decided not to let anymore gas out.
The propane tanks were exchanges, too?
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Airgas sucks. I won't use them.
Aren't there any other welding suppliers, fire extinguisher sales, indoor grow stores, or paintball stores closer to you?

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Your tank was probably at the end of Hydro... sounds routine.

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Did you tell them a grade you wanted? If they mentioned food grade, beverage grade, FCC, something like that requires an initial test of the cylinder contents before refilling unless they evacuate it first. If it was past the hydro test date a big place like Airgas is definitely going to check that kind of thing whereas local welding gas suppliers might not check so closely.

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