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Old 06-19-2006, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I found a beer distributor very nearby that has full 10lb CO2 tanks for $95, or full 5lb tanks for $75. Is this a decent price?

This place also has crazy hours, and you have to drop off the tank on a Monday (between 9am and 2:30pm!) to have it refilled by a Wednesday, which means my fish tank would be going without CO2 for a few days whenever it runs out. Plus, I'd have to figure out a way to drop it off and pick it up in the middle of the day.

Should I buy the tank from them and look elsewhere to have it refilled? I have no idea how many places around here do it.

Thanks in advance. I'm totally new to pressurized CO2!
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The CO2 distributers around my area are only opened on M-F from 7am -4pm, and refll on the spot, and 1 day turnaround for Hydrotesting a cylinder. To give you an idea of prices:

A 10lb reconditioned (used) typically costs around $65-80 filled and tested.
A 5lb reconditioned costs $50.
A refilling costs $10-15.
Hydrotesting $15

You might want to call around for the best deal. I think you are getting food grade CO2 gas which is a little more expensive then Industrial grade. No real difference for aquariums, but the industrial grade is less pure (metals) then the food grade. See if you can find anything else in the yellow pages, internet for Fire Supply Extinquisher Shops, or Welding Companies.

Another option, you can call ahead to the place, and see if they can swap Filled and Empty cylinders on the spot, so there is no lag time between days when CO2 runs out.

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Thanks for the reply, John. I've checked into fire extinguisher companies that are nearby with no luck. I will try welding supply places next. It sounds like this place isn't a very good deal, which is unfortunate since it's so close!
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Well $10 more for initial startup isn't too bad if you consider the cost of gas and time to another location. But the funky office hours make the deal even worse. But then again you're only filling once or twice a year typically.

Hopefully when you call around you'll find something better.

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You could compare what shipping would be plus a fill after buying it at http://www.beveragefactory.com/draft...anks/co2.shtml
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My lfs carries the 5 pound aluminum tanks in stock. So when it runs out I just bring it in and they exchange it on the spot. The only thing is you never really own the tank. The local welding supply will do the same thing but the tanks are steel witch are heavy and ugly but a little cheaper
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Industrial grade and food grade CO2 all come from the same tank. No difference at all.

See if you have an office of National Firefighter Inc. close by.
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Well, I only found two places that could exchange tanks, after calling about a dozen around the Philly area. One was selling 5lb tanks for $100 (no thank you!) and the other was the first place I called. I ended up going with the first place. They charged me $80 for a full 5lb tank, which when I consider the cost of having one shipped to me and then filling it, is probably reasonable. It turns out that they'll swap out the 5lb tanks on the spot, and only have to send the 10lb bottles out to be filled. So it should work out nicely afterall.

Thanks for all the advice!
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Sounds like you got the right deal. Good luck getting everything put together. Can't wait to see your results.
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