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Posted: 03/12/19 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should be able to find helium tanks and balloons at a party supply store.

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I've done something similar with my kids. We flew a kite from a fishing rod tied or bungeed to the bumper.

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stacaz822 wrote:

Where do you get a 3 or 4 foot reusable balloon and refillable helium tank?


They sale them locally at our Dollar Tree. They are about $15 for the filled tanks. I think they are like a 7 pound tank.


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Might wanna confirm a current price. Helium has "soared" 500% in price the last several weeks. Celso bought several balloons for his son's birthday party in Chula Vista at a party store and the owner complained bitterly about the price of helium.

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We are running out of helium from the current source in the Texas panhandle north of Amarillo. Some mid-eastern Arabian Gulf country is supposed to be ramping up production.


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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

Helium has "soared" 500% in price the last several weeks.
It has "risen".

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Many of those balloons not only serve to let you know where your campsite is located, but also serves to let others (who know your markings) know your present and where you are. I use to have a small 16 foot blimp shape balloon but alas last July a freak monsoon haboob destroyed it. I now have a more standard 8 foot round balloon. I do a type 20 industrial grade helium cylinder swap at the local welding and gas supply store.


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stacaz822 wrote:

At the dunes in Glamis, I have seen RV's with large helium balloons flying a couple hundred feet above them on a string or rope so riders can find their RV from a long distance. Does anyone know the best setup for doing that with a re-usable balloon and helium tank? Thanks!


Tying the balloon to your bumper may not be all that good an idea

Arizona Ballons is the company I got mine from if I recall correctly (2006 was when I got it)

I use a LARGE tank of helium. like you find in a balloon store for the STORE use not the little disposables but a refillable

It rides the "Rails" above my propane tank. HEaven forbid a fire but if one happens then having a 200 cubic feet of chyrogenic non-reactive gas to blow out the relief valve on the tank... Well that could have a "Chilling" effect on teh fire (About 3 degrees ABSOLUTE. or -270C)

I tied it to the RV and wind blew it around and did a bit of minor damage. I wound up tying it to a ground anchor a short distance away to protect the RV.. I'd like to have hundreds of pounds on the anchor so a 5 gallon bucket of water.. NOT going to do it.

The Tank came from one of the Gas Companies (Just Califorina side of the border on I-10) and I have refilled it. I own the tank.

NOTE.. I can pick up and load the tank.. But I also pick up 250 pound objects and load them That is one HEAVY tank.

Tank last 2 weeks (7' balloon).


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Helium in the bottles that you can get is NOT cryogenic, meaning it's at room temp. Cryogenic Helium is very difficult to produce and store since it has to be cooled to extremely low temps, -458 deg F, So it is used for special purposes only like the MRI scanner you may have used.

The stuff in the cylinders is just highly compressed to 3000 psi if memory serves. Maybe not the dollar store stuff, I know nothing of it. But the industrial steel bottles. We used it in the lab.

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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

Might wanna confirm a current price. Helium has "soared" 500% in price the last several weeks. Celso bought several balloons for his son's birthday party in Chula Vista at a party store and the owner complained bitterly about the price of helium.


David ... welcome back!! We were getting concerned.

Hmmmm .... I wonder what's going on with the price increase? I hope the ballons weren't too big.


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