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Old 04-12-2011, 02:17 AM   #11
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I refill because I have a nice 20lb Aluminum tank. Just had to have it Hydroed though. Still walking funny after that.

I say if you keep your tank inside your fridge and it's going to get rusted up, then swap it out.

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Old 04-12-2011, 02:55 AM   #12
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i like swapping my 20# for 16 bucks. instant gratification and a whole lotta kegging.

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Old 04-12-2011, 03:06 AM   #13
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I bought a new tank since I couldn't find a used one around on Craigslist, etc. I then realized that nobody around me did refills. I (reluctantly) got it refilled and the tank I got back was basically the same new one I brought in. Just ask the guy if he can swap out for a good looking tank. In the end, my tank is hidden away in the fridge and nobody sees it. I quickly got over the fact of having to swap and now enjoy the quickness, ease, and thrift of swapping.

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Old 04-12-2011, 03:22 PM   #14
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Yo timbudtwo. Where do you get your tank filled or swapped? I'm in Dublin and just got my keg setup. I'm looking for a good priced place.

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Old 04-12-2011, 03:33 PM   #15
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I refill but thats mostly because I have a leak somewhere in my 5lb setup, so I have been using my paintball setup in the meantime. Dicks refills 20 oz for 3 bucks. And they actually give you 20 ounces. I have had the hardest time getting my local distributors to be able to fill an entire 5 lbs, I always ended up with 2 lbs. When I call them out on it, they act like I am trying to cheat THEM, not the other way around. They say that the tank can only take a certain amount of pressure, and sometimes it doesnt get to 5 lbs (bullsh*t). So I take my business to Dicks.

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Old 04-12-2011, 03:52 PM   #16
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It was very difficult for me to take my shiny new 5# tank in and swap it for a rugged looking 5# tank. I know the guy at the place and he even was sad for me, but they only swap, not fill and I was impatient. Everywhere that filled was closed on Saturday (which is when my kit came in) so I opted to swap.

Looking back, I don't actually care. If I had a 20lb tank sitting outside of my fridge, I might care (or I might just build a nice looking box to conceal it), but as it stands I can barely see the regulator on my tank, let alone the tank itself. If I get all 5 kegs in the fridge, I'd actually have to remove one to see the tank at all. So.... I don't really care. It was sad turning in the shiny new tank, but I'm pretty sure it'd only have mattered for the first few photos I took of my setup.

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:26 PM   #17
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GAH. I found some place that refills 5# tanks for 16 bucks but they are 35 miles away. Won't save anything because of fuel costs.

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:33 PM   #18
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yeah, I'm no help either Tim.. the place I go to is near the San Jose airport, they refill while you wait - usually takes less than 5 minutes. So it's all the convenience of swapping plus the benefit of keeping your own tank.

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Old 04-13-2011, 12:42 AM   #19
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I swap mine out. Easier, cheaper and I don't have to worry about getting the tank hydro tested.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:21 AM   #20
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yeah, I'm no help either Tim.. the place I go to is near the San Jose airport, they refill while you wait - usually takes less than 5 minutes. So it's all the convenience of swapping plus the benefit of keeping your own tank.
That was the place I found... Cry... I'm in San Ramon so i'm screwed.

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I swap mine out. Easier, cheaper and I don't have to worry about getting the tank hydro tested.
I will probably do that once I have to get it tested!
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