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I NEED HELP with CO2 in Naperville IL!!!

I cant seem to find a place that is within 30-40 minutes of naperville that sells 5lb CO2 tanks at a reasonable cost! I found City Welding- $65 for a full tank, but they are an hour away. I need a place that i can buy a tank from for MAX $70 and another place where i can swap/refill for 10-20 dollars.


Also, what are some signs that i need to replace the tank?
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Have you tried hydroponic shops?
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Aquacave.com has the tanks they are northern Ill 69.99 . And I get my tank refilled at a fire extingusher shop 8.50$
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Aquacave.com has the tanks they are northern Ill 69.99 . And I get my tank refilled at a fire extingusher shop 8.50$
Aqua cave is a little far, i dont have a ton of time to begin with and they are only open on weekdays.
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Also, what are some signs that i need to replace the tank?
The high pressure gauge on your regulator will start dropping below 800 PSI, which is an indication to refill your cylinder (I assume you mean refilling the cylinder as opposed to replacing the cylinder due to a physical defect).

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Look for homebrewing shops. Fox Valley Homebrew & Winery Supplies might have them. and call a Praxair location to see if they fill. I used to fill at a praxair when i lived in Chicago.


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Have you ever tried DIY CO2 ?

All you need is some plastic tubing, empty plastic bottles, sugar, and baker's yeast. You can get all that in your nearest grocery store for pennies.

Alternatively, you can also use Seltzer Water (1-L bottles). Works great!
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I can't help with the tank, but I have used a fire extinguisher sales and maintenance shop to refill my tank. $22 for a 15 lb. tank.


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CO2 tanks, like all pressurized gas tanks, are required to be hydrostatically tested at a pressure well above the normal operating pressure at regular time intervals. This is enforced by the places that refill the tanks. The tanks are always marked with the date of the last hydrostatic test, so if the tank is due for another test, the CO2 refiller just refuses to refill it. Most such places will do the hydrostatic test, and mark it on the tank, for a reasonable fee, then refill it.

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Just google "welding gases Naperville" or "welding supplies". Might have to use a couple different towns around you but you will get a hit. Then just call them and ask.
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