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Old 10-05-2012, 05:39 PM   #11
Nov 2011
Wlmington, North Carolina
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FWIW i just got a shiny new 20# tank, and my airgas said the same 24 hour wait/turnaround time for a fill. I happily said f that and just exchanged it for a filled food-grade tank. the new tank wasn't as shiny, but it wasn't completely disgusting either, and it had a handle unlike the new one i have. just swap it.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
May 2009
Los Angeles
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Originally Posted by 431brew View Post
The propane tanks were exchanges, too?
Yeah, there's not a lot of places around my area that do propane fills instead of exchanges, so I am stuck with Amerigas (or Blue Rhino, although they have pretty much left the area) tank exchanges pretty much everywhere I go.

On the other hand, there is a welding supply place a couple of blocks from my house, so swapping CO2 is easy and those guys don't sell crappy equipment.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:18 PM   #13
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Tanks do need to be tested occasionally. If they do it from free, that's much cheaper than driving 50 miles (unless you drive a T-72)
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by leaf View Post
Your tank was probably at the end of Hydro... sounds routine.
It's my understanding that Hydro's are done once every 5 years but the tank needs a visual inspection yearly. Another reason why the exchange is nice. They do all that so you don't have to worry about it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:51 AM   #15
Jan 2008
South Alabama
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The tank is only a little over a year old. I didn't request or mention food grade last time they filled it or this time. I didn't realize there was noticeable difference and didn't know to mention it. When I dropped it off yesterday, they said that since it was only 5# they were required to fill it with food grade.

When I went back today to pick it up, it had stickers on it labeling it is food grade co2. They didn't do that last time. Maybe I am just dealing with new people or owners this time. At any rate, I will probably just do the exchange next time.

Thanks for all of the replies and advice.
Chris/ 431brew

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