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Old 10-24-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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This may be common knowledge here, but I just found it out yesterday. I took my empty cylinder into the local beer distributor for an exchange. I asked the guy if I could upgrade from the 5# to a 10 or 20# tank. He said I could. THe deposit amount is the same you just pay an extra $10 for the additional 15#'s of gas. Fan-freaking-tastic. I now have the 20# cylindar in my basement for a mear $23.00, that should minimize the number of trips for refills, plus 4 times the gas for only twice the cost.

I doubt this is useful info if you store your tank in the fridge or only have an uinder the counter sized kegorator.

 
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:11 PM   #2
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Are you paying a deposit because the store ownes them?
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:44 AM   #3
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Yes, you pay a deposit, get a tank, then exchange the empty tank for a full one as needed.

 
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:11 PM   #4
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Kind of like the Walmart propane tank exchange program.

 
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:37 PM   #5
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Can someone enlighten me on the usual practice for Co2 filling/exchange? I have everything but a co2 tank for kegging. Most of the local places charge $85 for a new 5lb tank, mail order seems to be around $65 shipped.

Do most of the chain gas places do exchanges or fills? If they do exchanges, do they usually do this deposit system? If they do exchanges can I just buy a crappy old 2 lb tank or something and exchange it for a 5 lb tank?

I really don't want to spend $65 on a new tank if all I'm going to do is go turn it in to the shop and get an old tank in return...

 
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:47 PM   #6
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My local place - National Welders - sold me the tank, but does a simple exchange when I bring it back empty. So, I'll keep the tank when I move but not necessarily the one I started with. They're a national chain - as their name would indicate - so if you can find a branch, I'd recommend them.

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Old 10-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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I held on to my shiney new one for quite awhile, but in the end the convenience of exchange outweighed waiting for a fill.

Most times I had to drop off one dsay and pick up the next.

Shiney tank doesn't affect the beer quality. I just let it go.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:00 PM   #8
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Ok, so I should just buy one eh

Would this work?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92809

Harbor freight is near my house, no shipping. Also no details on it. I assume a Co2 tank is a Co2 tank though right? I don't know how many pounds a 20 cu ft tank is, but the dimensions listed are about the same as a 5lb tank.

 
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:06 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by debtman7
Ok, so I should just buy one eh

Would this work?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92809

Harbor freight is near my house, no shipping. Also no details on it. I assume a Co2 tank is a Co2 tank though right? I don't know how many pounds a 20 cu ft tank is, but the dimensions listed are about the same as a 5lb tank.
Go talk to the guys at the place you're going to get it filled. They all have different policies.
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:44 PM   #10
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I'm leary of bottle exchanges of any kind. I don't have CO2 tank because I'm not kegging, but I don't exchange my propane tanks. I don't like the idea of using a tank that could have been mistreated or damaged, so I prefer to buy new and refill.

 
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