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Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 11:56:50 AM »
I know this is frowned upon not because they will inherently explode, but in case there is a fire in the garage a propane tank can make things worse.

That being said, who stores tanks in their garage? I have done this more recently as it is much more convenient.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 01:12:29 PM »
A lot of people store it in their garage for convenience.  I store it in my shed... I rather see my shed burn down than my house.  I'm guessing you're in FL too.  That is my home state and I know how hot it gets.  Just the fact that you're posting you must be a little concerned.  Get it out of the house for safety, ease of mind and some exercise transporting it.  Maybe do lunges with it back to your brewing area! 
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 01:14:35 PM »
Outside, always, except when brewing.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2015, 01:29:41 PM »
Outside, safety first.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 01:39:40 PM »
Mine stay in the garage.  If a fire were my concern, I'd be much more concerned about the gasoline for the lawn mower and other power equipment, but honestly, if my house catches on fire, a few propane tanks are not going to make anything much worse.  Mythbusters had to use high explosives to get one to ignite.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2015, 01:55:55 PM »
They issue is that when the temp get high, they vent. When venting they become torches with a lot of fuel that is difficult to put out.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 02:05:03 PM »
garage.  i figure if they're going to explode, in the garage or against the side of the house, they'll likely do about the same amount of damage.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2015, 02:07:50 PM »
They issue is that when the temp get high, they vent. When venting they become torches with a lot of fuel that is difficult to put out.
True, and tanks can explode, no bullets or explosives required. I did watch the Mythbuster's clip, this is a different situation.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015, 03:08:49 PM »
In the garage for Fall-Spring. Outside for summer.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2015, 03:34:12 PM »
In the garage year round. 

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2015, 04:51:14 PM »
I keep mine in the garage all year long.  One reason is that the tanks stay in better shape, like no rust or weather related corrosion.  They are stored on an outside so if they were to blow explosively they should go through the wall and outside, not into the house. 

As for leakage?  The garage is by no means air tight and is used as the "front door" so it is open a lot so it gets aired out regularly.

Unless the tanks are rotting, I've never considered them a risk worth worrying about too much.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2015, 05:33:39 PM »
Outside. Always. Not even in the shed.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2015, 05:40:25 PM »
No outside for me at my condo.  They are stored in the basement.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2015, 08:52:29 PM »
It seems as if everyone is about 50/50 here, as we are most of the time. I keep mine in the garage, and I am in comparable weather in Texas. If I had a detached shed I would put it there, but as of now it's garage or completely exposed to the elements.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2015, 09:18:47 PM »
Removing the outside label, and storing off of the ground, helps them last longer. I normally exchange when they get rusty.