Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Price check: gas aisle

Over on the Division of Chemical Health and Safety's listserv, they're asking about the price of 60 L of helium. Anyone want to cough up their price in the comments?

Also, anyone have any screamin' good deals they want to brag about?

(Does anyone remember back when Tenderbutton talked about Oakwood and how much cheaper their TBSCl was? Those were the good old days.) 

8 comments:

  1. We pay $16.48/L, or $988.80 for a 60L dewar.

    In grad school we always ordered TBSCl from TCI, although that may have less to do with price/quality and more to do with Old Lab Lore passed down from generation to generation.

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  2. At UIUC, the physics department has a helium recycling facility, and charges $14/L for liquid He. That is supposed to drop a couple of dollars in the coming years as they finish paying for the facility's construction costs.

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  3. Not sure if non-US prices are of interest, but the ETH Zürich physics shop quoted helium at 10 CHF per liter in May 2015.

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    1. ... the magic city, where liquid helium will cost you less than the same volume of apple juice or yoghurt :)

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  4. I order every 6 weeks or so and pay $1020 (Boston area) for 60 L.

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  5. I haven't heard anyone mention tenderbutton since the days of the Dali retractions. I wonder if chemistry blogs would really have gotten much traction without fake catalysis papers and all the anticipation that the retractions would be made.

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    1. Dylan Stiles showed that a chemistry blog written by someone not named Derek could thrive and the rest is pretty much history.

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