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Old 04-23-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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I just got a refurbished #10 co2 tank from homebrewing.org and went to get it filled and they sayed they couldn't fill it because of the stamp on the side. Has anyone heard of this?

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #2
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Maybe it is expired. Did you ask if you could exchange for a full one?

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Yeah, these tanks have a date on the side or bottom. Most places will not fill them or replace them if they are too old. I am not sure how long (5 or 6 years sticks in my head but I could be wrong). The idea is that the stamp shows the last time the tank was new or serviced to make sure it holds pressure well (I think).

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I think it is 3 years.

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Wait so every 3 years you have to get a new CO2 tank at great expense? Or is there a simpler process to have it recertified? I was thinking of getting a CO2 system but this might dissuade me. Can anyone who has had a CO2 system give some insight into the maintenance cost?

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I believe it has to be recertified every 3 years. I just exchange mine when I need CO2, so I don't ever plan on having to worry about it.

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Just exchanged mine it was last certified in 91 they charged me a additional 20 dollar recertification fee but once I have there tank (airgas) I never have to resertify tank they just exchange em.

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I think I paid $10-$15 extra when I swapped out my 20# CO2 tank the first time for the recertification. It was really old and rusty. I think the guy I bought it from had it sitting out in a barn or something for like 5+ years. They should just swap it out and charge the recertification fee. Most places don't actually refill your CO2. After your first one, this really doesn't matter, as long as you plan on using all your CO2 within 3 years or whatever, as you just swap them out, instead of refilling the same one.

Although, they may be talking about a welder's stamp, or something of that nature, which means that it belongs to a certain welder or whatever. If that is the case, then I think you would have to contact whoever it says owns it, and have them tell them it is okay, and that it is yours.

If they won't fill it because it is too old, just look around at other shops.

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I think it is 5 years for steel and 10 for aluminium. There should be an obvious date stamped on the side of it's last re-cert date. I've seen cylinders with a dozen or more dates from re-certs.

Thing is, if you got a re-furb tank it should have been re-certified. Check the date yourself to verify the veracity of the guy who told you it was out of date.

I guess I am assuming that it is a date issue and not a stamp that says "Property of Coca-cola". That is a different issue.

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I think this is the stamp he was talking about.

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