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Old 02-20-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
 
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been doing some reading on co2 injection and was trying to come up with a diy build without yeast but with a pressure tank needle valve and a diffuser. question is where is good place to buy affordable pressure tanks and would a empty propane tank work to hold the co2?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
 
Do you have a local gas area that provides the ability to refill CO2 in a canister? For instance in my neighborhood I have a local store called Airgas. They refill CO2 canister as well as sell them for a fairly decent price.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
 
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The AirGas near me is having a sale till the end of the month for a 5lb tank plus the first fill is like $82 then I'm not sure how much to exchange it but it's under $20 I know that.. and on average if you use a regulator with a silenoid (on off switch) that tank could last like a year with not using CO2 at night when the plants don't need it. I'm saving up and can hopefully get a sale price before Feb 28th cause I can't seem to find any used CO2 tanks that still have their hydro tests. Some places won't exchange or refill without it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:17 AM   #4
 
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I used to use CO2 in a business. I had my tanks refilled at a fire extinguisher company. It was called Stop Fire. The tanks are a little pricey but, after the initial investment, refills are reasonable and should last a long time.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
 
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thanks for the info guys! just curious about a tank im trying to save in buying a tank since i have a few emtpy propane tanks alying around, i also have several co2 bottles for paintballs guns will any of these work in place of a "special" co2 tank?
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
 
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They'd probably work but, you might have trouble finding someone to fill them. Apparently, there are all kinds of regulations. The typical CO2 tank is built like a "tank".
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
 
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picked up a regulator and needle valve and a soleioid at lowes and if i can use a old propane tank then im all set, gunna call around and see if i can get it filled now. im sure a propane tank is just as sturdy as a co2 tank seeing how well its a propane tank that keeps pressurised flammable gas lol but well see. im sure theres some law or regualtion but ill let you guys know!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
 
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Sure hope it works out for you. You're right, seems strange that you can store propane in a certain tank, but not CO2.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
 
Highly highly doubt you will find a place to fill a propane tank with CO2. Most tanks are gas specific, same goes with regulators. I would be surprised if a CO2 regulator would fit a propane tank without some DIY modification to the regulator stem. Each different type of pressurized substance usually follows different guidelines (CGA numbers) to make it so a CO2 regulator fits only CO2 tanks. That way it avoids mistakes as regulators are gas specific and will not properly regulate gases they were not designed for.

edit: A standard CO2 regulator will fit a CGA-320 valve and that is all. Anything else would require replacement/ modification of the regulator stem. Propane tanks use a CGA-510 valve.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #10
 
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Highly highly doubt you will find a place to fill a propane tank with CO2. Most tanks are gas specific, same goes with regulators. I would be surprised if a CO2 regulator would fit a propane tank without some DIY modification to the regulator stem. Each different type of pressurized substance usually follows different guidelines (CGA numbers) to make it so a CO2 regulator fits only CO2 tanks. That way it avoids mistakes as regulators are gas specific and will not properly regulate gases they were not designed for.

edit: A standard CO2 regulator will fit a CGA-320 valve and that is all. Anything else would require replacement/ modification of the regulator stem. Propane tanks use a CGA-510 valve.
That's what I was thinking but, wasn't sure. Very helpful post. Thank you..
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