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Old 08-31-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default What's the *highest* price you've seen quoted for a CO2 swap?

I called over to the homebrew shop to see how much a CO2 tank exchange would cost, since I'm going over there this weekend anyway and the local Airgas place is a PITA to get before they close...

10# tank. All in date. Just a swap.

FIFTY ****ING DOLLARS! American dollars! Fifty of 'em!

For a ten-pound tank. $25 if I was just swapping a five!

Airgas isn't the cheapest place, I'm sure, but $50 for ten pounds of CO2? REALLY? People pay that? I mean, I know he's got to make a living, I'm happy to support the store even though it's an hour+ drive to get there... but even if he's paying retail to get those tanks swapped himself, he's still got to be getting a 100%+ markup on them!

So, I'm taking off a little early on the day before the long weekend, and hitting up Airgas. I'm sure I'll spend $50 at the homebrew shop this weekend, but I'll be damned if it's on CO2.

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Wow. I pay ~$15 for a 5lb exchange here and feel like it is a rip off.

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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Today I swapped a 5lb tank for $18 and change.

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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That's insane!!
I spend 23 dollars to fill up a 20lb tank...
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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Well, you ARE in EBF, MA... I've been using a place in Quincy that refills your tanks for a reasonable rate. If I recall, it was about $12 to fill a 10# tank. $17 to fill the 20# when I had that done. Just hope to find a similar place close to Nashua, NH once I've moved.

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Old 08-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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I go to either airgas $24 or to boston fire extinguisher in lynn ma which is $10 if you leave it overnight (filled by 8am) or $20 if you fill as you wait

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... so, Airgas was no better. Absolutely insane, the pricing, I've got to find another place (but yeah, East Bumble**** and all). The CO2 itself wasn't bad... about $20. But, there was friggin' $24 worth of fuel and hazmat surcharges. And of course, I didn't think to confirm the price until I already had the new tank in the car, and I *need* CO2. But, Jesus Friggin' Christ, that ****ing hurts. $46 friggin' dollars. **** me (they just did).

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You've been officially "Graped" by AirGas...

I'd start hunting for other CO2 sources if I was you.

I actually just did a little looking for myself... Found a place that seems reasonable in Derry, NH (moving to Nashua, NH) that fills (while you wait no less) a 5# tank for $10... Will have to call and see what they get for the other size tanks and such. But a ~30 minute drive is well worth not getting graped.

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There's a fire extinguisher place I've gone to before, but the problem is that it's on the far side of Pittsfield, and I have to leave the tank overnight. That's the opposite direction of work, so that's basically an hour and a half out of my morning, for two mornings. I know there's another welding-supply place in Pittsfield, I'll call them next week, see if they'll swap, I have a 20# tank that's empty, too, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna give AirGas $100 to swap that one!

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Well, darn. I found a place to swap my 5# for about $7, and a 10# for $10.

But the last time, I took my 10# in and he didn't have any 10#. And I really, really wanted gas. He told me didn't have any 5#s either. So he gave me a 20#, for $15. I got a 20# for my 10#!

I had to come home and drill my fridge door (the 10# fit in the fridge, while the 20# barely did) but now I have a 20# tank that should last me a long long time, and a 5# spare for when I travel, or run out of gas in the tank, or for the small kegerator at the cottage.

Um, sorry, Jay. One of the advantages of living in a rural area, I guess.

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