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Old 01-12-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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I picked up some used corny kegs and and friend of mine gave me a CO2 tank along with gauges. Now I don't know how old the CO2 is, it can be between 1 - 15 years old.

So before I swap the tank (only to refill around here) could I simple use the CO2 I have?

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:51 PM   #2
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CO2 only goes bad when it's missing an Oxygen ion.

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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your fine... heh

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Old 01-12-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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CO2 will stay CO2 so you should be fine.

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Old 01-12-2010, 10:56 PM   #5
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guys, I'm sure that inert gas STAYS pretty inert, but what about rust or corrosion inside the tank?
15 yrs?

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Old 01-12-2010, 11:09 PM   #6
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I'd say it's probably fine, but I do know the tanks are supposed to be inspected every so many years. I think it was every 5 years.

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yeah, thanks.

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Old 01-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #8
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OP, you're fine. Use what's left inside the tank, and do a fill/exchange when you're out of gas. The tank will be out of it's hydro cert, so they won't be able to refill it w/out doing the testing process for a nominal fee. Unless it's really corroded, it should pass without issue.

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:07 AM   #9
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I'd say it's probably fine, but I do know the tanks are supposed to be inspected every so many years. I think it was every 5 years.
Yep, CO2 tanks need to be hydro tested every 5 years. On the tank there should be a two number date MM/YY. The tank needs to be tested 5 years from that date.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:52 PM   #10
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being fine or not. I think your problem will come when the tank is empty. Refilling or exchanging it might be a problem.

I think it was 10 years and they won't refill or Exchange it. I think you can get it inspected. My first tank was older. Pefrect shape though. The guy exchanged it no problem. So you may be n luck.

Try a welding supply place if your LHBS shoots you down.

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