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Old 07-04-2016   #1
 
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Talk to me about storing a propane tank on its side.

I've seen yes and no in the research I've done. Looking for some first hand wisdom.


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I do it on my boat with out any thought, what would be the issue?

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Not a problem.

What can be a problem, though, is never have the regulator below the propane tank, IE... Regulator mounted on a stove, grill, etc. and that device below the tank.

Propane contains a certain percentage of oil which will collect on the hose walls and run down into the regulator and ruin it.
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They should always be stored upright in order for the internal safety/relief mechanism to work.

" Propane cylinders should always be positioned so that their relief valve is in direct communication with the vapor space of the container. Cylinders that are stored vertically upright will have the relief valve communicating with vapor space. Regarding the cylinder relief valve, it is important to keep the safety relief valve pointed away from anything that escaping propane could come in contact with possibly causing a fire or accident. If cylinders are stored improperly, such as on their side with the relief valve in contact with propane liquid and the safety relief valve opens for any reason, liquid will be escaping instead of vapor posing a much greater danger. In short, be sure the relief valve is communicating with the vapor space of the tank. All consumer propane cylinders should be stored vertically upright in all circumstances."

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I store my propane cylinders upright. On my boat they go on their sides. I don't think twice about it.
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Wonder what could make the cylinder relief valve open on my boat? Failure? Fire?
Transport mine on it's side in my raft, haven't been blown up yet....
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I think it's an issue with older cans. I'm looking at putting one under my seat in a drop bag on it's side. Don't want to blow my ass up.


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I've seen lots of them mounted on their sides on fork lifts

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Forklifts run on liquid not vapor.


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The craft teacher at my high school was killed when the large tanks he was transporting over pressured, expelled liquid out of the pressure relief and ignited from static sparks from the plastic bed liner...very sad.

I do not believe that the large tanks use OPV valves though, so imagine the exposure is greater there. I have not seen a tank with an OPV valve kicking off the pressure relief, but things do fail....like my stove regulator last week providing full tank pressure to the flexible hose!!
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