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CO2 source/cost recommendation?

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by shoggoth43, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. shoggoth43

    shoggoth43 Lifetime Charter Member
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    Where are people getting their CO2? I can get a 20# tank at the local home brewing place but it's something like 130$ for a 10lb tank and then 30$ for a refill. 90$ for a 5 pound and 21$ for a refill. I don't really have a really good idea of how this compares with what I "should" be able to find.

    Thanks for any recommendations.

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    I did a search earlier. I was pretty mystified why no one brought it up before. Works a LOT better when CO2 isn't punched in as C2O. Doh! Thanks for the pointer.

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  4. Russ

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    I get mine from an industrial place called "Sparkling Carbonic," a supplier of CO2 for restaurants and bars among other things like dry ice. A reconditioned 10# tank cost me $50 and it costs me $10 to refill it. When the tank needs reconditioning and certified (every 5 years) they charage $12.

    The prices you quote are extremely high. Look in the Business to Business yellow pages in your area for gas suppliers and beverage dispensing suppliers and you'll do better.

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    I got my 10# tank at a local fire extinguisher shop for $80 filled, costs about $25 to refill it.
     
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    Fire extinguisher shop for me, $55 for a re-conditioned 10lb tank, $11 for refills...
     
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    Shop around, home brew shops, fire extinguisher shops, I use a welding shop. Google and the phone book are both helpful.

    It's $65 for a 5lb tank and $12 for swaps. No one I could find would do a 10lb tank. 20lb for $100 and still $12 for swap. To give an idea of my area.
     
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    That middle one is a Milwaukee regulator, as best I can see, and that is very marginal for our uses. I have used mine for about 3 years, and have only grown to hate it more with every passing month. I am now making a replacement from an industrial quality regulator I found on Ebay. Assembling a CO2 regulator
     
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    Nice! I'm seriously considering talking to the guys over at Sumo regulators again and seeing about swapping in/out some parts. If I do that I'm thinking the Milwaukee reg and controller I've got is heading over to ebay or similar. Nice to see money wasted. *sigh* Car repairs may take precedence. Stupid icy weather made the car decide to spin off the road yesterday....
     
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    New 10 lb aluminum tank for 69.99 from AquariumPlants.com.
     
  12. shoggoth43

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    I managed to hit the local welding shop. Disposable & Refillable Calibration Gases, Enviro-Cyl & One Timer Cylinders, Rare Gases, Specialty Gas Equipment, Industrial & Medical Gas, Purity Plus & Hydrogen Gas Technologies Not the best prices. 84$ incl. tax for filled 5lb tank ( used ). 12$ for swapouts. OTOH, the fire extinguisher place didn't exactly have much better and their refills were in the 20-30$ range. LFS was 20$ for a swap on the 5lb and 40$ for the 10lb and that was with buying a new tank from them. Just really miserable prices up in the Boston area I guess. If I need to swap up to a 10lb tank he'll just charge me the difference in tanks.

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