OK So I just got a used, but still in pretty good condition beverage air bm23 for about $425. So I decided it's time to start kegging!
So I started looking at getting tanks and co2, well buying a brand new tank wasn't really where I wanted to go since I called two local gas places and they told me they just exchange tanks, so I found a used 20# co2 tank on ebay (about $58 shipped) 20# CO2 Tanks - eBay (item 230326866460 end time Feb-27-09 10:09:05 PST)
but it didn't have any hyrdo stickers on it so it need to be re-tested as well.
Plus I picked up this Co2 tanks, cylinders, Home Brew, Soda, 4 - 25 pounders - eBay (item 190289824295 end time Mar-05-09 11:07:55 PST)
for $110. (again old dirty tanks needing re-testing)
The first gas company (the closest to me. Valley National) was going to charge me $23 to re-test and $35-$39 for the fill. So I called place #2 (Roberts Oxygen)which was about 40 mins farther away, they qouted me $13 for a re-test and $23 for a fill. Well no-brainer here I'll drive a little further then.
I asked both if they would take a trade in tank or two or three for a Nitrogen tank for "beer-gas" both said bring them in and we will look at them. Well the first place (5mins from my house) offered me this: he takes all 5 tanks and gives me a co2 filled (20#) and a beergas filled(80cf) and I'd owe him $125-150. Went to the second place and the guy offered me the same but for $90 bucks even (made a comment about keeping this under the radar and me paying cash)
so for $110+58+90= $258 I got a 20# co2 tank full and an 80cf Nitro(75%/25% mix) full
What do you all think? good deal or bad deal? or whatever?
OK, so went back to "Roberts Oxygen" and asked for my tanks and my money back which they were nice enough to give me with no questions asked. In fact he refunded me $100 instead of $90, but being nice I gave him 10 and corrected him. Told me to leave the tanks outside and i went and got mine, he didn't watch me so I could have easily grabbed another tank (very trusting people) all-in-all they were very friendly and helpful and gave me a refund despite them screwing me only slightly less that my local gas supplier.