[balloon-makers] Propane storage
jwolfe2917 at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 1 14:11:54 CDT 2001
Hiya Tom - Glad you're having fun with your burner.
I don't always know when to take you seriously, but
the storage of propane is a very serious matter
indeed, and should NEVER EVER be stored in
door, even if NYC didn't have laws against it.
Beer kegs by your bed, no explanation needed,
but propane, *no way*. I've heard wicked stories
of houses or garages blowing up from a leak that
finally reaches a pilot light. I've never seen it
happen, and I'd like to keep it that way.
And watch those copper burners too... :)
P.S. Lately I've been learning to paraglide, and
besides being the funnest thing EVER, it has the
advantage of being free (after you buy a wing) and
it doesn't involve carrying a large amount of a
compressed explosive gas.
--- Tom Deering <hot-air at deering.org> wrote:
> I got to fire up my burner! I had given it a few
> squirts at Keith's
> house, but I really got to play with it, with lots
> of room and a
> hospital only 45 minutes away. My wife and
> mother-in-law were
> horrified by the noise and flame, which was a nice
> added benefit. I
> practiced connecting, pressurizing, burning,
> de-pressurizing and
> disconnecting, just for the experience.
> (This is not something I can do in Manhattan. It is
> forbidden to
> have propane indoors, and most of the bridges and
> tunnels forbid
> propane tanks. Fine: ten thousand dollars and 30
> days. I'm thinking
> of disguising my tank as a beer keg. Then I'll just
> have to explain
> why there is a beer keg next to my bed.)
> I bought some parts and made a small experimental
> copper burner. One
> day, I would like to make a smaller burner with an
> output more
> proportional to my small balloon. Not much to
> report, except that
> the copper pipe broke apart after the tests! There
> was no pressure
> in the line, and I can't exactly explain why it
> happened, but the
> tubing broke near one of the ports I drilled. Now I
> have my answer
> why burners are not made out of easier-to-machine
> copper. Otherwise,
> the copper burner was no big deal, but it did give
> me something to
> play with.
> What with the valve leak and all, I decided to get
> rid of the
> propane, but I didn't want to vent it into the air.
> So ran a copper
> line underneath the fire ring for the beach fire.
> We had days of
> soaking rain, so a normal fire was impossible, but
> the soaked wood
> burned very nicely with propane coaxing.
> Particularly with liquid
> propane. :^) We had a big beach fire three nights
> in a row, and I
> used up the last of the propane at midnight before
> we left.
> tmd at deering.org http://www.deering.org
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