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Old 10-26-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
Jan 2010
Cross Plains, WI
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Not that kind of gas! Since I had a little run around, I thought I would share and hopefully help someone in the future if they do a search.

First thing first, best/cheapest place in town to get CO2 (and your tank hydro tested) is at Madison Recharging Service. They do fire extinguishers, safety equipment, etc. A 20# Co2 fill is only $11.50 plus tax, and they do it right away. By comparison, Badger Welding charges $12.50, but only if you leave the tank. It costs an extra $10 to have it filled on the spot.

If your looking for beer gas, and go with Badger welding, DO NOT buy your own tank! Luckily I called there first and talked to a couple of different people on different days (seeing if I always got the same answer....I did). They basically can "try" to do it for you, but cant guarantee a correct mix. Instead you can either buy or rent a 55CF tank. If you buy it, its $130, and fills are $15.46. You dont buy a specific tank, you just buy a tank that gets fills. That way you can just walk in and exchange it for a new one, and you dont have to pay for hydro testing and the like. You can also rent one, but if you keep it for more than 2 years, you are better off buying said tank.

There are a couple of other places in town, but they were way out of my way (I live in Cross Plains and most were on the East Side). The only place I can say for sure to stay away from is Jefferson Fire supply in Middleton. They want INSANE amounts of money for hydro's and fills. Like 3x the price of everywhere else.

Hopefully this helps someone else out.

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Old 01-30-2014, 06:23 AM   #2
Dec 2013
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Thanks for the info. I will have to do some checking around since it is a few years later, but this is still good info.

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
Apr 2014
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I just made a couple calls looking to get my 5# tank filled in the Madison area so I thought I would update prices on here.

Jefferson Fire:
5# = $13.90

Madison Recharging:
5# = $10

I didn't call Badger Welding as I have a brand new tank and didn't want it swapped. Both Jefferson Fire and Madison Recharging fill while you wait. I work just a couple blocks from Jefferson Fire so I will probably use them and save myself a trip across town.

Both are open M-F 8-5.

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Old 09-28-2014, 02:57 AM   #4
Nov 2013
Sun Prairie, WI
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Anyone find a good place on the east side of Madison to get beer gas refills?

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Old 10-22-2014, 09:42 PM   #5
Oct 2014
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Madison Recharging Service on Winnebago St is great for co2 charging. Nice, fast, professional.

For SodaStream users: They can now refill the original SodaStream containers starting at $6 for the smaller size.

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Old 10-22-2014, 11:10 PM   #6
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Madison WI
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Is notable that Madison Recharging can't always fill on demand. I've had several times over the years when their guy wasn't available for charges so I had to leave the tank. (No trouble though... I have 3)
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:54 PM   #7
Nov 2013
Sun Prairie, WI
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I ended up using Brew and Grow to get the beer gas tank. And, I always take my co2 tanks to Madison Recharging as well...

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Old 02-21-2015, 10:40 PM   #8
Mar 2013
Madison, WI
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Brew & Grow is great but they want $90+ for a 5# tank (filled) and $15 for refills. Their used kegs are also $65 for pin locks, which is at least $20 too much. Anyone know local tank prices?

It looks like I could get up to 3 kegs shipped to Madison for $35 each plus a total of $5 for "Great Lakes Shipping" from AIH. It seems to be cheaper to order 3 kegs at a time because the shipping jumps on the 4th.(if you are in range of the great lakes shipping) I could even get a new unfilled 5# CO2 tank shipped for $70.

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Old 03-19-2015, 05:13 PM   #9
Mar 2015
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2015 Update!

Madison Recharging Services
5# fill - $10 with tax
20# fill- $23.22 plus tax

Badger Welding (probably plus tax)
5# purchase -$64.50 (first fill free, reduces the price)
5# fill - $8.53
20# purchase - $130
20# rent - 10 cents per day ($50 refundable deposit)
20# fill -$12.32

Jefferson Fire and Safety
5# fill- $14.66 plus tax
10# - $20.75 plus tax
20# - $23.65 plus tax

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Old 10-11-2015, 11:06 PM   #10
Oct 2015
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Thanks for the 2015 info! Moved to Madison last month and was hoping for a cheaper alternative to homebrew store prices. So am I understanding correctly that Badger Welding takes the tank when you leave it and may or may not give you the same tank back when you come to pick it up?

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