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Old 05-28-2008, 01:03 AM   #1
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About 6 months ago I bought an aluminum 20 lb CO2 tank on line for my kegging set-up. I went to get it filled at a local gas retail place. They could not fill it while I waited but told me they could take my tank and exchange it for a full tank for the same price. I had read that this was a common practice on this forum so I exchanged my tank. I went back and exchanged it twice sence then and everything was working great. However, Saturday I checked my tank and it was almost out of gas. The gas place I had been using was closed on Saturday so I call around and found one that was open until noon. I put the empty tank in my car and drove 30 miles to the other business to get my tank filled. I gave the man my tank to be filled. He examined the tank and told me he could not fill the tank because its test date had expired. The test date was back in 2001. I was very up set to say the least. I could hardly wait to go back to the original place (Roberts Oxygen) to find out why they had broken the law and filled a tank that was out of date. They informed me that the law gave then 10 years between inspections on their rental tanks. Does anyone know if this is true? I made them exchange my tank with one in date (within 5 years) for me be be allowed to have it filled at other business. It pissed me off because if I had moved or they had gone out of business I would have been stuck with an out of date tank. I wanted to share this experience with others. In so much as others will not be stuck in the sane situation.

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Old 05-28-2008, 02:10 AM   #2
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Did you swap an alum. one for a steel one? I bought an alum one brand new and would never leave it there or swap it out for another. I have a place that will fill while you wait just kind of a long drive but I like knowing I use the tank I bought.

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Old 05-28-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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I bought an aluminum one that I will leave to be filled and have never had an issue. A friend gave me an old steel one that was out of date, this one I took in, paid the inspection fee, and exchanged it. So now I have one that I exchange every time and one I have them refill for me (the aluminum one).

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Old 05-28-2008, 01:12 PM   #4
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No, the DOT requirement is 5 years, not ten.

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Old 05-28-2008, 06:56 PM   #5
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The problem I've run into with the fill-it-while-you-wait gas providers vs exchange gas is the price for exchange is so much better there is no comparison.

20# exhange = $18

2.5# fill-it-while-you-wait = $15
5# fill-it-while-you-wait = $18

That being said there's no way I'm exchanging a new tank for an old one. Until they are ready for a new test .

It seems to be common practice for people fill out of date tanks from what I've seen. That's why I always inspect my exchanged tank before I take delivery. They inspect my tank before they take it from me I feel like it's a good idea for me to do the same.

No offence meant: but it was your fault for not inspecting the test date on your tank & or for not being aware of the testing procedure and how to read the tank. The lesson cost you a few $ gas money it could have been much more expensive.

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No offence meant: but it was your fault for not inspecting the test date on your tank & or for not being aware of the testing procedure and how to read the tank. The lesson cost you a few $ gas money it could have been much more expensive.
I disagree the "fault" is that of the company that filled the out of date tank. The Op is the victum. You saying it is his fault is like blaming a rape victum for being raped.
Now, will those that read this take a closer look at their tanks, probably, which is a good thing, but still, not the OPs "fault".
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:32 AM   #7
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it took me a few days to find a place nearby (in houston) that would fill my 20 lb. tank rather than exchange it. yea, i wasn't going to part with my new tank (from beverage exchange for $104) that was certified in april of 2008.
it was $16.49 including tax to fill it while i waited - and explained the process of brewing to the enraptured employees.
what i couldn't believe was that these places that i checked into wanted around $145 for any random used tank for future exchange. it was so much cheaper to order a new one from san diego, and shipping was only $15 for both the tank and a regulator.

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oops. that tank was from beveragefactory.com.

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Not meaning to hijack, but...

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Did you swap an alum. one for a steel one? I bought an alum one brand new and would never leave it there or swap it out for another. I have a place that will fill while you wait just kind of a long drive but I like knowing I use the tank I bought.
Not sure if this helps you, but its worth a shot...

Michigan Paintball is off Genessee in Lapeer, they fill while you wait
Bass Pro Shop off Baldwin and 75 fills while you wait
Otherwise, Joe's Army Navy in Pontiac is a "fill while you wait" shop.
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:41 AM   #10
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Kebrown,

Where is Robert's oxygen and how much is it to swap out? I get mine filled by Arcet and it's just under $10 (5lb tank). It's a farther drive from Colonial Heights than it is from Chester, though.

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