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Old 04-11-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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So I am getting my kegerator kit with a brand new co2 tank on wednesday and I thought my local welding supply refilled it, but they swap. $16 and change for a 5# tank. I am however able to get it refilled elsewhere a bit further away for just over $20. Would it be that much better to spend the few extra bucks to just get it refilled rather than swap?

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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If you paid for a brand new tank, I'd go for the refill. It's likely that the one you get on the exchange wont be nearly as nice and shiny and new as the one you trade in.

Try searching for a Carbonic service shop near you. Theres one up here that refills my tank, they also do tanks for restaurants and bars, as well as refill scuba tanks and that sort of thing. I think it's $14 for a 10lb tank.

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:57 PM   #3
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I supposedly 'leased' my CO2 tank by paying the full tank price as a deposit. Then they just swap the tank, so you don't have to wait on a fill or worry about re-cert testing every 5 years.

Of course then they say after a year "no, you own the tank" but they still only swap it.

I finally got my 5lb swapped to an aluminum tank, and now I refill it at the fire extinguisher store instead of the welding swap shop. Of course the cert was expired so I paid the $25 for 5 more years and I'll be damned if I swap it!

If I can get my 10lb swapped for aluminum, I'll be set.

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:04 AM   #4
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I also bought my tank new - 20 lb aluminum. I have the same option as the OP - swap, or refill for a few extra $.

Refill, man. But that's just, like, my opinion, man...

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:17 AM   #5
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I refilled until the 5 yr hydro came around, now I swap... The tanks that I have swapped have been nearly as nice as my original new one... I'm going to get a beer mix tank tomorrow and I will only swap that one. The newness of it will wear off eventually...

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:40 AM   #6
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No one sees my tank but me. I swap. $12 for 20#

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:54 AM   #7
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I refill 5# at fire exstiguisher place for $15 if u have a new aluminum tank i say refill for extra $

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I swap no waiting overnight for fill and do not have to worry about recertification

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Old 04-12-2011, 02:04 AM   #9
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Well I am in California where everything is ~30% more costly on principal. The large air company out here recommended me call a company that they do bulk co2 sales to. That's where I got my lowest price. I'll see if I can find anything on google for local carbonic services.

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Old 04-12-2011, 02:11 AM   #10
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I like my shiny aluminum tank much more than the rusty steel tanks they use for swaps. Plus the Aluminum is much lighter. So I am for filling, all the way!

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