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Old 06-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #11
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I've "only" been looking at paintball places because places like Airgas and Praxair are open 9-5 and I have a job I need to keep lol. Sporting goods stores are open evenings, paintball places, the same.
Many welding supply places open early, 7 or 8a, for the specific reason of catering to welders headed out on a job.

Myself I go to Airgas (here in SC), I do a CO2 run at lunchtime.

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Old 06-26-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
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Many welding supply places open early, 7 or 8a, for the specific reason of catering to welders headed out on a job.

Myself I go to Airgas (here in SC), I do a CO2 run at lunchtime.

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Old 06-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
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I went to NFC to get my Nitrogen/CO2 tank filled. Good price, and they were fast. Since it was around Lunch time, and It was fairly close, I swung by Revolution Brewing for a Beer and their Tour.
Airgas wouldn't touch my tank because they considered it a Medical Tank. For regular CO2, I have used Illinois Fire and Safety in Addison, but they are 8-5 M-F.

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Old 06-29-2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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Go to City Carbonic in Brookfield.

9100 Plainfield Rd # 9
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 485-3007

I always go to these guys. I just got a 10# refill for $15.00

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:18 PM   #15
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I am from Chicago and actually work in Oak Park. I don't know which LHBS you're going to, but Brew & Grow on Morgan (east of Racine, just south of Madison St.) has a tank swap program. If you have a 5 lb aluminum tank they will swap it out for a full one for ~$15 (it's been a couple weeks, can't remember exactly). From Oak Park it takes only about 15 minutes in on the Ike. Jump off at Racine and it's all of another three minutes.

http://www.brewandgrow.com/brew/retail-locations

PM me if you're ever interested in a beer swap.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #16
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If you want to be a really good boyfriend take your GF out to eat downtown and check out NFC on N. Leavitt, just south of Clybourn Ave. $20 will exchange/refill your tank in less than 5 minutes. Great people too.

http://www.nfccompany.com/
OMG, that place is literally right around the corner from my old apt. I must've driven by it hundreds of times and never spotted it. Thanks, HawksBrewer, I'm crazy happy now to find that place and they do kegerator repair too. Looks like I'm going to have to revive the idea of stealing my fraternity's old broken kegerator and getting that sucker running again. Kudos
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:27 PM   #17
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That is where I have gotten mine swapped as well. I am coming to really like Brew and Grow. Cheers!

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #18
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Is there any place in Chicago to get cheaper CO2 tanks than the $90 it costs at Brew & Grow for a small 5lb.?

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:38 PM   #19
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Try this place:

http://accuratefireequip.com/

They are on Diversey and Oak Park Aves. Decent prices too, especially if you bring in multiple tanks.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #20
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I concur with all the praise for NFC on Leavitt. They are awesome, fast, and friendly. I'm usually in and out in 5 minutes. It's in a very unassuming building, orange brick and gray security door, but ring the bell and walk in if the door isn't already propped open. Good place for keg parts and soda syrups too.

I think they'll fill any tank up to 20# for $20, paintball tanks for $10 unless it's Halloween or similar "troublemaking" holidays.

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