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Old 04-29-2010, 04:18 PM   #11
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Call the local junkyards. If you get a crappy old tank you can exchange it at some gas suppliers.

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:12 PM   #12
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My local fire safety shop also sells extinguishers with co2 valves for homebrew, etc. The extinguishers were 15lb co2 tanks already, not the dry powder kind. This way it's already hydro'd and filled. koetter in dallas

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:18 PM   #13
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Also check http://aquariumplants.com ... best price for a new one that I've found. Not that you won't be able to find a cheaper used one, but just putting it out there.

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:22 PM   #14
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That's the place... Great prices.

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:20 AM   #15
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+1 on leasing.
I'm in southern IA, and we can lease a CO2 tank for less than $15 per year, plus refills from Air Gas.

I bought my first tank, for a great price. I think I paid around $50 for a new aluminum 5# tank. Which I promptly had to exchange for a crappy steel one because I can't get one filled here.

You'll be money ahead until year 5 by leasing a tank, at which point you'd have to have your tank hydro tested for $35, which would make break even around year 7 for buy V.S. lease

Another perk to leasing is that you can get a 20# tank later, if you want to.
You know I never thought about leasing tanks from AirGas. That's probably the best idea I've read here in ages!
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:36 AM   #16
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You'll be money ahead until year 5 by leasing a tank, at which point you'd have to have your tank hydro tested for $35, which would make break even around year 7 for buy V.S. lease
I thought that when you leased a tank that they swapped them for fills giving you a different tank each time and you would never have to pay for the hydro. I've never leased one, so I don't know how it works or if it's the same everywhere.

The $35 for a hydro is way high. I recently got my 20 lb tank hydro tested for only $12. Seems the prices for both the fills and the hydro tests are all over the place.
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