questionsanybody know the cheapest place to buy paintball…

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Here are 4 cheaper ones, being the main listing and the three on the right under "More Buying Choices".

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Does it have to be a 24 oz tank?

This one is only $18.65 but it's only 20 oz.

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Out of curiosity, what sort of rigging system are you going to use? The few options I had seen online were expensive enough that I didn't think it was worth it (like $80-$100 for the plumbing).

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@dcalotta: The larger carbonator bottles cost $30 to exchange. You can get a paintball tank refilled for five bucks. So, saving $25 a pop means that in just four refills you save a hundred bucks. So it's definitely worth the cost of the plumbing.

The one I'm going to use is the FreedomOne-PBI from CO2Doctor.com. After the cost of two tanks and the adapter and shipping it'll be close to $120.

I'll be getting the "Jet" model of Sodastream, so it will fit those big 24oz tanks.

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Gotcha. I have one of the smaller models (I forget which) that I guess uses the smaller tanks. I can swap out for $15, and at Bed Bath I can use a 20% off coupon, so it's $12. Would take a bit longer to make up the cost, and we are not super heavy users (maybe one carbonator a month).

I did see a video where someone opened up one of the carbonators and refilled it with dry ice. I will probably try that next time I have a bit of time and an empty bottle.

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Where do you go to get "food grade" CO2 and where will they fill a non food safe bottle with it?

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If you go to Airgas (or pretty much any respectable gas supply place) you can get it filled. "Food grade" is really just a marketing term. All of it is food grade, but the supply tanks have to be kept totally clean. Since Airgas and other places like it supply medical needs, they keep them clean. If you just go to a sporting goods store and get it filled as a paintball tank, you never know if they've maintained their supply tanks very well and there could be grease in there. They have little need of keeping their gas clean.