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Torch Problems & Propane


#1

Could we hear more on the dangers of propane issue. I think natural gas also
falls into low lying areas. I recall a huge explosion in a rural valley down
in Texas where a gas main ruptured and the gas sat in there like hot liquor
in a shot glass. Chemists help me on this?


#2

Xalkn@aol.com wrote:

Could we hear more on the dangers of propane issue. I think natural gas also
falls into low lying areas. I recall a huge explosion in a rural valley down
in Texas where a gas main ruptured and the gas sat in there like hot liquor
in a shot glass. Chemists help me on this?

…Some friends live near the site of the explosion you mention and it
broke one or two windows out of their home…If it gas and burns then
given the necessary circumstances it will explode.The temperature was
just right the day of the explosion you mention and 3 degrees higher and
it would not have happened or so they tell me.The Hindenburg is another
example of when things go wrong…I have been using propane for many
years and it is safer than acetylene which is said to explode within the
tank 2-3 times as often as propane.As evidence propane is used quite
safely as a motor fuel whereas other fuels such as acetylene are
not…Propane is a liquid in the tank and not a gas by the way…My
brother is a biochemist and about a year after he quit working at a Dow
chemical plant on the TX gulf coast it blew up…breaking windows six
miles away and turning cars over 2 miles distant.I saw what was left and
it is best described as a crater about 1 mile in diameter 30-40 feet
deep…Some type of plastic as I understand it was the primary
product.Don’t forget the grain dust explosions that happen from time to
time at elevators thoughout the world also…Gavin


#3

Will using a large fan running… aid this posssible problem???..
Really got me Going with this!!! I use Propane for both my pouring torch as
well as my soldering torch… the short most common tank???

Jim

At 03:17 PM 11/11/96 -0600, you wrote: