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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you guys get your CO2 refilled?

Recently got my CO2 refilled. I wanted to keep my tank, so it was quite the journey to find someone that would do it. Apparently it's illegal to refill CO2 in the NYC area, which makes things annoying.

Eventually found a welding company that did it for $19 for a 5LBS tank, but it was quite a walk.


Can anyone share their experiences?
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I get mine from Praxair. It is a industrial gas/welding company. I pay just under $25 for a 5 pound bottle refill.
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Why would it be illegal to get Co2 refilled? that sounds kind of pointless...
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Illegal in that kind of facility. Laws and regulations don't have to have a point. It's NYC, one of the few places that can compete with CA for stupid regulations.
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Most places won't refill on site because they can't test the tank and verify that it's safe. If the tank is stamped with a test date that is still in compliance and nothing on the tank looks bad some places might do it but you're lucky to find it. Most rather skip the chance of things going wrong and just swap it out for their tank that's already filled and tested.
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I get my 24oz paintball cylinder filled at Field and stream(Dicks sporting goods). I had a problem one time, they said they could only fill 20oz. Other than that one time they always fill it with 24oz, no question. It's 5.50 for 24 oz.

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The place I go for my co2 re-fills primarily recharges fire extinguishers. For the most part, fire extinguishers need to be re-certified yearly. Depending on the type of business you work at, likely there is some fire extinguishers there and they likely have a tag on them as to who serviced them. Might be worth a try.
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Atlantic Gas at 97 Georgia Ave. I use to get my 5lb tank filled for $20, but Ive been too lazy to take the train ride. Its on the C line in Brooklyn.
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McKinney Welding Supply & Compressed Gases, 600 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

I dont refill from here, but I know they will.
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McKinney Welding Supply & Compressed Gases, 600 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

I dont refill from here, but I know they will.
This is where I got mine filled, but it's quite a walk. Close the to the highway though, if you drive
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Can't imagine why it would be illegal. Co2 tanks are meant to be refilled and if they couldn't be refilled then there would be no fire extinguisher places in business. I've had mine refilled in NYC for years and never been told that and never had a problem.

I've used Fire Foe in Long Island City and Presto in Astoria. I've always preferred Presto, because they're a little cheaper and cleaner, but the last time I went, I called beforehand to make sure someone was there that could do it, drove over, and they were all at lunch and couldn't do it. That's why I called beforehand and told them when I would arrive. I had unloaded my tanks onto the dock before going into the office, and since they couldn't refill, they told me they did a swap and I had to ask for my own tanks back. Mind you, my two tanks are my own personal tanks -- shiny nice with my name on them -- and they had swapped them out for typical looking tanks. I'd never trade in my own tanks. Wasted my time and gas.

I went over to Fire Foe afterwards, and by that time it was the middle of lunch hour. Three guys sitting around eating, jumped right up. Filled, paid and out the door in 5 minutes. Prices have gone up since my last fill and were around $25 for 10 lb. Used to be $20 last year. I only fill once a year, which is the reason for 2 tanks.

I'd use either again. Presto has always given good service, except for the last time. I'd call again in advance and give one more chance because of previous good service. Maybe it was an off day. Fire Foe is good too.
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