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Old 01-27-2013, 01:59 PM   #11
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Nice points bad67z… didn’t realize the local. And I thought every place was 24/7 until I left Vegas… can’t buy beer on Sunday?!? Wtf!?


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Old 01-27-2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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You didn't waste your money. Ask them how much they will sell you a used one for and you'll see it's pretty close.


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Old 01-27-2013, 02:29 PM   #13
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Really they wont fill it there? That is interesting but I guess every place is different. I bought a nice shiny new 5# one and I have only had it filled it once but it is lasting a very long time.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #14
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Really they wont fill it there? That is interesting but I guess every place is different. I bought a nice shiny new 5# one and I have only had it filled it once but it is lasting a very long time.
It makes a big difference "where" you live, biohaz, you and I live in college towns= lots of people= lots of Co2 availability.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:26 PM   #15
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I've only found a handful of gas suppliers that will refill on the spot in the entire city of New York. Some will refill if the tank is left behind, others will only swap. I also bought a shiny new cylinder only to find this out. At least I did ultimately find someone to fill it, but they do it as a favor as it isn't their regular business.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:48 PM   #16
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No, you didn't waste your money. I bought a new tank and then when I went to get it filled they wanted to charge me $18 to swap it out or $24 to fill it and come back and get it. $6 dollars per fill and my time is not worth a shiny tank that you can't see in the kegerator.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #17
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The only downside i see to owning is you need to have it pressure tested every 5 years, i forget 20 or 30 bucks and took the better part of a week
After 5-6 years, trade it in until you get a shinny new(er) one and from there on out go back to refilling.

Use the system my good man!
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #18
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After 5-6 years, trade it in until you get a shinny new(er) one and from there on out go back to refilling.

Use the system my good man!
+1 to this ^^^
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #19
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No worries!

I bought my first one "new". It was nice and shiny and it was mine!

Later, when I started SCUBA diving, I found out what those numbers stamped in the tank meant. It had been hydro tested no less than four times? Doh!

Now, as long as it has a current hydro stamp and a good fill, I'm happy.

Get used to what a full 5# tank feels like.

BTW I just chalked it up to tuition in the School of Learning...
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:59 PM   #20
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You should also check out fire inspection places that fill fire extinguishers. The one I go to sells C02 tanks for kegs and does refills. They dont do exchanges. I recently had a tank that needed recertification and the owner said they would do it and fill it for a batch of sweet stout.


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