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Using acetylene torch outside?


#1

Hello! I like the idea of working outside and want to move my home
studio outside on my spacious balcony, but not sure how to safely
set up my acetylene tank for outdoors. I understand that the tank
should be kept away from other electrical wires and should be
chained in an upright secure place and always check for leaks like
you would for indoor use. The temperature outside is lowest 36
degrees, highest 78 degrees. Would I need to cover the tank with
some kind of plastic when not in use? It won’t get rained on, but
how would you protect the tank against moisture in the air? And
finally, does anyone know of any books or articles on specifically
how to set up for outdoors?

Thank you for your time,
lisa schaffer-doggett


#2
I like the idea of working outside and want to move my home studio
outside on my spacious balcony, but not sure how to safely set up
my acetylene tank for outdoors. I understand that the tank 

Find a local mobile welder to talk to. These guys have truck mounted
welder, tanks and hoses all exposed to elements. They will have
experience the effects of rain, sun, cold, etc on the equipement.

Norman


#3
want to move my home studio outside on my spacious balcony, but not
sure how to safely set up my acetylene tank for outdoors. 

Lisa, I can only suggest what works for me (since I have to use my
acetylene torch outside). I got a large plastic garbage can, the
kind that has a “lockable” top, put some bricks in the bottom (for
stability), and set the acetylene torch and hoses inside, on top of
the bricks. The torch is thus protected from the wind, rain, and snow
we have here, and whenever I can get outside to use it, I just take
the top off the garbage can, turn on the tank, and it’s good to go.

I also use an old propane grill to hold my soldering equipment. I
keep it covered with a plastic grill cover when not in use.

All the best,
Judy Bjorkman


#4

Hi Lisa, et al,

I too am in the process of setting up part of my work area outside
and will be looking forward to responses from the group. I am gearing
up to do casting and burnouts outside, and have a reasonable amount
of space on a covered porch outside of the studio on the northeast
side. We are talking about setting up with propane and oxygen instead
of acetylene/oxy.

We are in the Tampa area which means mild winters and up to 90 in
the summer…but it’s a wet heat!

Thoughts?

TIA,
Nel


#5
We are in the Tampa area which means mild winters and up to 90 in
the summer....but it's a wet heat! 

I’ve been doing my hot work in an open carport, here in Gainesville.
I have a small flammables shed about 60 feet from the house where I
keep my tanks when not in use to keep them out of the weather.

The one thing you have to watch out for here in FL is the mud wasps.
If you don’t take a plastic bag and zip tie it over any openings in
tank nipples, torch heads and the like you will find a mud wasp nest
plugging it if you aren’t diligent.

I’ve been thinking about getting one of those little plastic storage
lockers from the home center to keep my stuff in. Those actually
look to be pretty bug resistant.

Ron Charlotte – Gainesville, FL