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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2015, 04:17:04 pm »
I've been meaning to get mine out of the garage.  I'm not worried about one exploding during a fire as much as if a tank were to leak, the propane may find an ignition source and become the root cause of said explosion/fire. 

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2015, 04:22:23 pm »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2015, 04:58:38 pm »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

If a full/ over full tank warms up it can vent, and it can pool. Then if there is a spark from something starting up, like a fridge, you can have problems.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2015, 05:06:08 pm »

Removing the outside label, and storing off of the ground, helps them last longer. I normally exchange when they get rusty.
My only reason for keeping them in the garage this far. A new one I purchased recently looked abused and rusted after a summer on the back porch. Also, birds like to use the tank as a facility.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2015, 05:14:01 pm »
And never exchange a tank for one that has brass fittings that have turned blue.  8)
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2015, 05:27:35 pm »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

If a full/ over full tank warms up it can vent, and it can pool. Then if there is a spark from something starting up, like a fridge, you can have problems.

A properly filled tank will have sufficient ullage to cope with the increased in headspace pressure from heating. Bottom line, don't overfill your tanks.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2015, 05:39:58 pm »
And never exchange a tank for one that has brass fittings that have turned blue.  8)

Who exchanges? I am the proud owner of 2 tanks.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2015, 06:55:15 pm »
And never exchange a tank for one that has brass fittings that have turned blue.  8)

Who exchanges? I am the proud owner of 2 tanks.

exchange here..that is until i get the natural gas line extended to my brewing area...propane no more.
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2015, 07:04:11 pm »
I store them year round in my garage, just like I do my car, which has a pretty combustible source itself.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2015, 07:12:01 pm »
I store them year round in my garage, just like I do my car, which has a pretty combustible source itself.

Key is insurance coverage and off site storage of Beersmith files.

That's funny!  ;D

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2015, 07:14:07 pm »

I store them year round in my garage, just like I do my car, which has a pretty combustible source itself.

Key is insurance coverage and off site storage of Beersmith files.
Double check your policy on that. Storing propane in the garage may not be covered.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2015, 07:18:16 pm »

I store them year round in my garage, just like I do my car, which has a pretty combustible source itself.

Key is insurance coverage and off site storage of Beersmith files.
Double check your policy on that. Storing propane in the garage may not be covered.

What propane?

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2015, 07:35:29 pm »

Removing the outside label, and storing off of the ground, helps them last longer. I normally exchange when they get rusty.
My only reason for keeping them in the garage this far. A new one I purchased recently looked abused and rusted after a summer on the back porch. Also, birds like to use the tank as a facility.
A tank cover is cheaper than a new house though... I need to pick up a couple of those.

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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2015, 07:50:25 pm »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

If a full/ over full tank warms up it can vent, and it can pool. Then if there is a spark from something starting up, like a fridge, you can have problems.

A properly filled tank will have sufficient ullage to cope with the increased in headspace pressure from heating. Bottom line, don't overfill your tanks.

Make sure the teenage boy at the propane distributor who is not paying attention does not overfill. I have had a few fills that would spit and sputter for a while.

Do you get to fill your own?
« Last Edit: April 08, 2015, 07:52:02 pm by hopfenundmalz »
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Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2015, 08:20:16 pm »
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