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Old 08-25-2008, 05:54 PM   #11
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wildwest450: There is a Homebrewing store in Nashville called "All Seasons Gardening and Brewing". Unfortunately they do NOT fill tanks. I'm glad this was posted, I just got a new tank and haven't found a place to just fill the tank and not exchange it. I'll post if I find a place though.

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Old 08-25-2008, 06:02 PM   #12
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wildwest450: There is a Homebrewing store in Nashville called "All Seasons Gardening and Brewing". Unfortunately they do NOT fill tanks. I'm glad this was posted, I just got a new tank and haven't found a place to just fill the tank and not exchange it. I'll post if I find a place though.
Yeah, I'm an hour and a half from Nashville. But thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:13 PM   #13
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Things worked out the opposite for me, I started with two beat-up old steel tanks in and traded them for aluminum ones. The local welding shop let's you trade or fill, but filling is overnight.

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:17 PM   #14
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Thanks for all of the responses. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has had the swap/refill dilemma. I'll check into the fire extinguisher thing and see what I can come up with. Concerning the cold-fill option, I'll see if my local place fills by weight or by pressure; If they fill by weight then temperature is irrelevant, but if they fill by pressure then temperature will be a significant factor. As for buying a pre-filled tank from the welding supply place, it was still cheaper to buy from Northern Brewer and pay for the swap than the outrageous price they wanted for a new tank. With that said I have already saved money, so this is less a question about economics and more a question of aesthetics. Thanks again for all your input!

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:25 PM   #15
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If they fill by any other method than weighing the amount of liquid CO2 then I wouldn't use them. If I'm paying for 5 lbs of CO2 then I want 5 lbs of CO2. The temperature of the receiving tank is most definitely irrelevant when talking about the weight measurement of a liquefied gas being placed into that tank.

A cold tank WILL make it easier on the filling equipment to reach that tank's capacity.

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #16
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One thing I found is that swaps are generally cheaper than fillups another lesson I learned is it's good to have a second tank so you might consider doing a 20 # swap out and a 5 # fill

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Old 09-15-2008, 09:38 PM   #17
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Just an update, in case anyone was checking: All Seasons Brewing gave me a card for the CO2 place they recommend.

Volunteer Welding Supply, Inc.
815 5th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
615.256.5658
Volunteer Welding Supply, Inc. - Home

Apparently they will either do a swap or fill and return the tank you give them. The person at All Seasons said they will fill a 20lb. tank for around $20

I'm going to be filling my 5lb. tank within the next couple of weeks, so i'll report back later.

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On the topic of refills, Is there a food grade or is any refill ok?
ie: welding shop, fire extinguisher site etc...

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I was calling around here in town for a place to get my shiny new 5lb CO2 tank filled, the first place offered to exchange it for $15, (welding supply).

Then I found a local paintball supplier/ outdoor store that would refill it for $8! (edit: and they did it while I waited )

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On the topic of refills, Is there a food grade or is any refill ok?
ie: welding shop, fire extinguisher site etc...
CO2 is CO2 in any grade. There is no 'food-grade' CO2 per se. If it's CO2, it's good regarless of the target market.
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