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Old 06-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Feel free to comment or offer guidance, but I"m going on a rant here lol

Why can't I find a decent place to refill my CO2? I live in Oak Park (just west of Chicago) and cannot find ANYWHERE to refill my tank nearby. I've tried local Sports Authorities, Dick's Sporting Goods, there aren't any paintball shops nearby, etc...

I've gotten it filled once or twice (that's all I've needed it filled since I purchased it) at a paintball shop out in Aurora, but I'm not making that drive when I need gas, that's FAR!

And I had a great time at Sports Authority last week... I first tried the one in Riverside, they said they were out of CO2 and didn't know when it would be back in. That's fine, so I went out to Lombard/Yorktown to try the Dick's Sporting Goods and Sports Authority out there (and then I could get lunch with my girlfriend, had to play the "good boyfriend card"). The Sports Authority there has a unique fellow working the service department and tells me they can't fill my tank, they only do small paintball tanks. He then started showing me how paintball tanks have that push-pin valve on them and it wouldn't work with my tank. I then said they have the same threadings and my tank doesn't have a push-pin valve because it has a friggin' valve on the top that you turn! He didn't like me, I don't like him.

Then I tried Dick's. I ask if they can refill my tank, they say "sure, how big is it?", I say "5 lb.", they say "oh no, we can't do that, we only go in ounces", and I say "how about 80 ounces, can you refill that?". Needless to say, that didn't go over well.

Here's the point lol - where do you near-westside Chicago people get your CO2? I was going to try calling Praxair out in Hillside and see how things are over there. But their hours are NOT convenient and it's not as close-by as I would like.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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I'm not from Chicago but I'd look for a welding supply store or look for a place like airgas. Someone has to supply co2 to restaurants, you could always ask a manager at one. I'd also call ahead.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Oak+P...m&z=12&iwloc=A

There ya go.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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I got my CO2 at a fire extinguisher place.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, don't know why you're only looking at paintball places.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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If you want to be a really good boyfriend take your GF out to eat downtown and check out NFC on N. Leavitt, just south of Clybourn Ave. $20 will exchange/refill your tank in less than 5 minutes. Great people too.

http://www.nfccompany.com/

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Old 06-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
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I've "only" been looking at paintball places because places like Airgas and Praxair are open 9-5 and I have a job I need to keep lol. Sporting goods stores are open evenings, paintball places, the same.

I'll have to look and see if there are any Airgas locations near work for me, there weren't any Praxair locations.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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If you want to be a really good boyfriend take your GF out to eat downtown and check out NFC on N. Leavitt, just south of Clybourn Ave. $20 will exchange/refill your tank in less than 5 minutes. Great people too.

http://www.nfccompany.com/
Thanks, Hawks, not a terrible location, might have to wait until the weekend.

Thanks again everyone!

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #9
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No problem. I think they're open until 3pm on Saturdays but you'd have to check. Just don't get all nervous about the door not having windows... they will let you go eventually.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #10
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FYI most welding/fire extinguisher places are open at 6 or 7AM, I was able to go before work. Or else see if you can run somewhere during lunch break?

 
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