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hughes_brews

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I am starting to acquire equipment to build my first kegerator.

I was looking on Craigslist for CO2 tanks and ran across two tanks for $80, one filled and the other partially filled. The seller states that the partially filled one came from a fountain dispenser. It sounds like a good deal, based on what I have priced out so far.

I emailed him about the size of the tanks and he wasn't sure how many lbs. He did say that they were approximately 8" diameter x 22.5" tall (28" from the floor to the top of the valve guard). Do these sound like 20 lb. tanks?

Is there anything else I should find out about the tanks before buying, regarding pressure testing, etc.?

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Jeff :drunk:
 

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Tanks must be tested every five years. the test date should be on the tank. You don't want to buy one that needs to be tested in afew months.

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If they've got a good test date and they don't say "property of Coca-Cola" or whatever on them I'd say go for it. $80 bucks for two 20 lb tanks is a steal.
 
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Just found out the test dates. The full one is 3/99 and the partial full one is 8/96.

What do you think? How much would it be to have these tested after they are empty?

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Jeff :drunk:
 

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Yeah, and if you're like me, the welding place will have to send it off to another city to get it tested, which takes like 8 days at least. For this reason, I purchased a spare. They only charge $15 for testing though.
 

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FYI :

It's illegal to ship a CO2 tank in any state other than empty.

If the seller is saying one of the tanks came from a fountain vendor it more than likely is stamped "Property of Coca Cola Enterprise" . Some gas suppliers don't have a problem filling a tank they know is stolen. Others do and won't fill it for you. Also it may cause you to have problems when you send it off to be tested.
 

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Call the closest fire safety company and ask about hydro testing. My local charges $12 and does it within 3 days. They'll also fill, but I've found them to be pricey.
 

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Bobby_M said:
Call the closest fire safety company and ask about hydro testing. My local charges $12 and does it within 3 days. They'll also fill, but I've found them to be pricey.

Wow! you can say that again!

The fire ext. companies around here charge at least 50% more for refills.

It cost me $12 for a 10 lb. tank exchange but the fire ext. company charges $18 for a 5 lb. tank refill.
 

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I think they bank on the fact that you'd rather get the cert and fill in one shot. Yeah maybe, but not for $17 premium on a 20lb fill. I drove across town to the beverage joint and paid $20 instead of $37.
 
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