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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-19-2017, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Trouble Carrying CO2 Tank?

I am getting into CO2 and will buy a 5pound tank online and bring the empty cylinder down to Mckinney welding on 52nd to do a swap (buying an empty tank online and swapping is $25 cheaper than just buying a filled cylinder from the welding shop).

I will need to bring the CO2 tank on the subway and/or bus and walk with it. Has anyone ever had trouble with this? It's crazy times so I want to not freak people out and avoid any issues.
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Not a subway rider but I might think there would be little to no problem. Oxygen is a far more dangerous compressed gas and folks surely do take them along when they need them for breathing? Do you see folks dragging the breathing bottles on the lines you use? Would assume, yes, but then I may be wrong. Point may be that one is considered vital while the other not but the O2 does have lots more fire hazard while CO2 is just the stuff we breathe out?
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Hi SchrutesFish,

Ask the welding shop if they have a CO2 sticker that they can put on the cylinder.

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Not a subway rider but I might think there would be little to no problem. Oxygen is a far more dangerous compressed gas and folks surely do take them along when they need them for breathing? Do you see folks dragging the breathing bottles on the lines you use? Would assume, yes, but then I may be wrong. Point may be that one is considered vital while the other not but the O2 does have lots more fire hazard while CO2 is just the stuff we breathe out?
Not so much concerned about the hazard of carrying gas. I'm more concerned about the fear/paranoia that might be generated.
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I think that if people can walk about with pet goats in their backpacks or fishtank helmets I do not think you will have issues with putting a 5lb tank in a backpack.

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Maybe some stickers from fish shops or some taped on decals to show folks you are there for fish and not to carry out a terror attack? Figuring the way folks think is way beyond me at this point!
Just the fact that even the folks here on the forum are more concerned about having a CO2 tank in the room than they are about their grandmother dragging O2 around on a cart, is enough to baffle me. Co2 can be cold enough to burn up, it can get so thick we can't breathe, etc., etc, but the O2 can create such a raging fire that most of us don't want to even think about it!
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Not so much concerned about the hazard of carrying gas. I'm more concerned about the fear/paranoia that might be generated.
Yes, I agree, especially with the recent incidents in NYC. Just conceal it in something, why ask for trouble.
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Yes, I agree, especially with the recent incidents in NYC. Just conceal it in something, why ask for trouble.
Concealing it might make it worse if someone notices it. Just slap a bunch of aquarium stickers on it and carry it on a dolly or something in the open so people know you're transporting something.
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Concealing it might make it worse if someone notices it. Just slap a bunch of aquarium stickers on it and carry it on a dolly or something in the open so people know you're transporting something.

Then it's not concealed.
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Then it's not concealed.
"Hey, why is that guy's backpack in the shape of a large cylinder and why does it make a clanging noise every time it bumps into something? Also why is it much heavier than it should be?" Chances are nothing would actually happen but people are very paranoid these days.
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Just don't look like this guy, or ask folks to call coin flips...

I wouldn't waste stickers, since you'll lose them when you turn it in for the next tank. -Unless the shop does refills and not swaps.
Out in the open (unless you look paranoid) and people will think you're just delivering O2 to an elderly relative, have a keg, or something innocent. Either way, you should be fine. I won't go out of my way to cause trouble, but if folks want to get themselves upset by something innocent I'm doing, I let them. It's on them, you're doing nothing wrong

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There's a CO2 calculator that might help

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"Hey, why is that guy's backpack in the shape of a large cylinder and why does it make a clanging noise every time it bumps into something? Also why is it much heavier than it should be?" Chances are nothing would actually happen but people are very paranoid these days.
Do you take the subways in NYC? Why would it make any noise? You need to know how to pack, but that was a given.
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Do you take the subways in NYC? Why would it make any noise? You need to know how to pack, but that was a given.
Accidentally banging it into one of the many metal objects like handrails, handholds, doors, other people, etc. Stuffing it with packing material would work but then it looks even more like a suspicious backpack. There is no reason why carrying it in the open is more suspicious than trying to conceal it.
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