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    Burning propane tank

    Before moving out of state a few years, I had a big 2 day auction. Mostly scrappers showed up because it wasn’t advertised properly. One of the buyers bought a 20lb propane tank that still had gas in it. He threw it in his loaded trailer off scrap and used a cutting torch to blow a hole to empty, as the gas was coming out burning he enlarged the hole to empty faster. I told him he was nucking futz, he said he been doing that for 30 years. Would be just my luck to blow my myself up if I tried it.
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    It looks like somebody wrapped rags around the valve, maybe to stop it from leaking they thought? I fear we are devolving as a species, which would explain a lot of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuylergrace View Post
    It looks like somebody wrapped rags around the valve, maybe to stop it from leaking they thought? I fear we are devolving as a species, which would explain a lot of things.
    Yep and the EMS and Firefighters have a contingency plan for this
    https://www.usfa.fema.gov/coronaviru...20organization.
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    Well, this isn't any ol' fire crew. The carrier is in a true fire suit of aluminized fabric like Nomex. I'm a little surprised they were clustered around it, and fact it was carried out, but something made it clear there was not going to be any significant pressure generated in the bottle or ignition of contents within, just escaping vapors.
    Are not fuel cylinders fitted with fusible plugs, and asbestos matting inside just for this eventuality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Well, this isn't any ol' fire crew. The carrier is in a true fire suit of aluminized fabric like Nomex. I'm a little surprised they were clustered around it, and fact it was carried out, but something made it clear there was not going to be any significant pressure generated in the bottle or ignition of contents within, just escaping vapors.
    Are not fuel cylinders fitted with fusible plugs, and asbestos matting inside just for this eventuality?
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    The kind generally associated with BBQ grills and RVs are, which is evident by the triangle shaped valve knob. 100 lb cylinders such as the one being carried can still have the old-style valves and can be refilled these might or might or might not have a venting valve to relieve the pressure and contents but nothing to prevent escaping vapors due to heat. or fire, better to bleed off the pressure than for it to build to explosive stage.
    Remember vapors are what burn. you can literally put out a gasoline fire with a large enough dousing of gasoline if done rapidly enough to starve the fire completely of oxygen



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