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CO2 tanks
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    Well, since my little paintball tank is expired and I'd like to upgrade to a bigger size, I've been shopping around. I found this one that seems like a good deal, but I've little experience with tanks:

    http://www.bvrgelements.com/product/New-Aluminum-5-lb-CO2-Tank/

    So, any reason not to go with aluminum vs steel tanks?

    Anyone have a better price for a tank?

    and, should I spend the extra $ for a ten pounder? Will the difference in cost make up for the convenience of filling less often?
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    much of this depends on if you can get your tank filled or if you will be swapping.

    i have to swap as nobody around here fills tanks, so the stainless vs aluminum goes out the window there.

    i have a 5 lb tank, and i really wish i had a ten pounder or even a 20. the dif. is gas cost is almost zero.

    the best advice i can say if you go with a bigger tank, is to make damn sure you don't have or develop any leaks. losing ten pound of co2 overnight would suck. (almost as much as losing 5 pounds!)
    i shut my system down after things are force carbed so that if a leak happens, i don't lose all my gas.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    i've learned my lesson too many times on the leaky lid issue. and i have two airgas shops within driving distance, so i can get a fill no problem.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350
    Bigger tanks are always worth the price, I used to have a 5lb tank, it lasted about a month when I was brewing a lot. I replaced it with a 20lb tank and a 10lb backup. I rarely fill, and when I do it onlycosts a couple dollars more than the 5lb fill. Big savings.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350
    My biggest problem now is my 10lb exchange tank took so long to empty that it went out of cert. Doh!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 77,085
    Bigger tank for sure. I don't know the difference in Aluminum vs. Steel other than weight. I have a couple 5#'s and one 20#. Fuck the 5#s they cost the same to fill up. I only use them to purge lines and such because all my brewing stuff is in the basement and they are easier to carry upstairs when I'm kegging and such in the kitchen. When I move the kegerator downstairs I'm going to use the 20# to serve.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • BenvarineBenvarine
    Posts: 1,606
    I only have a 5. It fits in my Keezer well, but so would a 10. I plan to get a 10 and use the 5 for purging, cleaning lines, etc and backup. Mine is steel, makes exchange easy. Also, I am a little scared of dropping, banging, denting a big tank of compressed air, so steel makes me feell all warm and fuzzy inside.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    i plan on still using my paintball tank to carb/serve, but fill that from the larger tank. that way, no dropping, moving, or leaking tank to worry about.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350

    i plan on still using my paintball tank to carb/serve, but fill that from the larger tank. that way, no dropping, moving, or leaking tank to worry about.



    that sounds fantastically dangerous.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    Lakewood said:

    i plan on still using my paintball tank to carb/serve, but fill that from the larger tank. that way, no dropping, moving, or leaking tank to worry about.



    that sounds fantastically dangerous.


    it's cool. i have duct tape.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350

    Lakewood said:

    i plan on still using my paintball tank to carb/serve, but fill that from the larger tank. that way, no dropping, moving, or leaking tank to worry about.



    that sounds fantastically dangerous.


    it's cool. i have duct tape.


    I bet
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679

    Lakewood said:

    i plan on still using my paintball tank to carb/serve, but fill that from the larger tank. that way, no dropping, moving, or leaking tank to worry about.



    that sounds fantastically dangerous.


    it's cool. i have duct tape.


    then what's all this talk about steel vs aluminum? just duct tape up a cardboard box and fill it with compressed co2.
    done and done.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    yeah, screw a tank. i'll just get a bunch of balloons and fill them from my fermenters. done and done.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    ok, i'm officially out of gas. just ordered this:

    http://www.bvrgelements.com/product/7-lb-CO2-Tank-Reconditioned-Steel/
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    i'd still like to get a 20# with a dip tube so i can fill my little paintball tank, but that'll have to wait for a later date when i have more spending monies.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586

    i'd still like to get a 20# with a dip tube so i can fill my little paintball tank, but that'll have to wait for a later date when i have more spending monies.



    well this will likely never happen.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    the airgas branch that's directly between my work and house doesn't fill tanks. they will only swap them.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    furthermore, they won't take my 7# tank because it's an unusual size.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    X(
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 77,085

    furthermore, they won't take my 7# tank because it's an unusual size.


    That's a bummer.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350

    furthermore, they won't take my 7# tank because it's an unusual size.


    Oh... Ow.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    i think i found a place that will fill it, but i need to call first and make sure.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 102,350

    i think i found a place that will fill it, but i need to call first and make sure.


    Good luck!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenvarineBenvarine
    Posts: 1,606
    In was wondering about that when I saw your post. Those are converted O2 tanks. My place does fill, but they prefer to swap. I like the price of those tanks, I guess I'll be sure they will fill them.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    success! the tank has been filled.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    and the best part, is that the place that i found is about 1/2 mile away from my son's school, so i made the wife take it.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B