09-02-2006, 06:16 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Leverett, Mass
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Finally got my regulator today and finished setting up the system. Regulator is a single guage economy model from Kegerators, Wine Refrigerators, Water Coolers, Beer Taps, Compact Refrigerators | BeverageFactory.com
$29 plus shipping= $36. I had to unscrew the factory output barb/valve, screw on a 1/4"MNPT to 1/8"FNPT adaptor, connect my Clippard valve to that fitting and it was good to go. The new regulators from beverage factory are TapRite and they come with a special fitting the has a neoprene washer inside the regulator nut. These never need replacing and create an excellent seal against the paintball canister. I submerged the whole setup up to the body of the regulator and no leakes.
All total the setup cost me about $80 including the needle valve, CO2 tank, regulator and misc fittings; though I over payed by a few bucks for the canister. They can be found online for $15 plus shipping and I payed $32. The entire setup is 16" tall but you could shave 2" off that by cutting and re-threading the valve stem on the regulator. As you can see in the photo, it is excessively long. Keep in mind though, some regulators, including this one, have left handed threads for this part. Replacements can be ordered pretty cheap though if you need to modify it further.
One last thing you can do with this type of setup. You can purchase an expansion chamber that attaches to the CO2 tank. This would allow you to place the setup on its side without damaging the regulator.
And finally, my poor photo. Notice it is no taller than the Eheim canister filter.