Propane Tank Fire

Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: northernmainecoal On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:06 pm

Sure glad I went with a coal boiler and not propane

http://wagmtv.com/news/propane-tank-fire
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30-95
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:24 pm

We were lighting fireworks off the one year and the damn torch did that. The fire is all around the knob so there is no turning it off without a good set of leather gloves. Good thing it didn't happen in the house, what the hell do you with something like that inside the house? Sprayed it down with the hose and it went out....
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:25 pm

That could have been much worse. I remember very well the RH Foster propane storage in Machias going up in flames. 100lb. tanks flying up in the air.
On another note, I have climbed Quoggy Jo Mountain in Presque Isle. With a bunch of beer and a bunch of snow on the ground. Young, stupid(drunk) and in college.

Kevin
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:31 pm

I was the first person on scene of this 1000 gallon underground propane tank explosion. 12 year old boy died. The father survived. It was not a pretty scene. :(

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazaret ... ned_i.html
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
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Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: tsb On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:25 pm

Who edits these reports ?

" The camp owner had evacuated himself and reported that he had heard a loud bang outside"
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: northernmainecoal On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:24 pm

It could have been much worse without a doubt. Scary stuff
I live less than 10 min away from where this happened
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30-95
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: cabinover On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:25 pm

I'm really curious just what happened that sparked it. There is a seal between the fill nozzle and the fill port that is only open to air when you remove the nozzle after delivery. That is for mere seconds as the little bit of gas between the check valve and the nozzle dissipates unless you have a check valve on the end of the delivery nozzle (which is common practice in case the tank check valve doesn't seat).

All connections are brass so even whacking the fill valve (check in the tank) with a steel hammer wouldn't spark...unless he hit the tank with a metal hammer. :roll:
Last edited by cabinover on Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid Axeman Anderson 130
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:37 pm

Carbon,A Real Barfer when you've got a 12 yr old down & gone and you're first in. I'm sure you did a nice takedown and kept it together. 'Aint easy when you're only a Human Being at times like that. We don't call it Pro-Pain fer nuthin'. TSB,I don't know what Planet these Folks that claim to be Editors come from. :gee:
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:52 pm

HB. I was just a neighbor across the street and the first one there. Tried to get to the kid but tires were exploding. Couldn't get close. Threw the father in the pool and kept him talking until the helicopter crew arrived. I'm a critical care nurse and my buddy, a critical care doctor where entertaining some ladies at the pool when we heard the explosion. Much tequila was consumed,....after. :(
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:43 pm

I never liked gas just for that reason. I saw a house that blew up when I was younger not much left. Luckily no one was hurt bad. I will stick with coal as well. I like that I can see it and touch it. And if I spill it I just get a shovel.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Lightning On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:47 pm

Flyer5 wrote:I never liked gas just for that reason. I saw a house that blew up when I was younger not much left. Luckily no one was hurt bad. I will stick with coal as well. I like that I can see it and touch it. And if I spill it I just get a shovel.


Yeah man! I always worried about a propane leak before I uprooted it..
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:49 pm

When I worked for a roofing company, we used to scare the *censored* out of the HVAC techs. Was just a normal occurrence to us, but to outsiders it apparently was frightening. We had one guy run to his ladder full sprint in a panic ... HE'S GOT A FIRE OVER THERE!! I go ... OH, walk over, and with my face inches from the flames blow it out in a couple tries, LOL! He goes ... YOU GUYS ARE F'IN NUTS and screwed down the ladder and left!! Never saw him again. :lol:

What would happen is, since we filled our own tanks at the shop, we'd fill them until the gauge stopped rolling, and the pump started straining - that's how we knew they were full. No 80% crap here .... :woot: Time was money!

We'd be headed down the highway westbound, and when the morning sun heated the tanks up, there would be clouds of propane gas wafting out the back of the truck. We used to laugh. By the time we lugged those 40 lb'ers up on the roof, and more sun hit, they'd be spitting liquid out of the relief valve, opposite the hookup below the hand valve. We'd light our torches, and they'd be spitting liquid and shooting fire everywhere. You'd always inadvertently light the spitting relief valve on fire, because we'd all be shooting the *censored* and not paying attention .... or still drunk from the night before. There was so much propane in these tanks, we knew there was no way in hell they'd explode .... but it sure scared the crap out of strangers! toothy
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:05 am

SMITTY wrote:We'd be headed down the highway westbound, and when the morning sun heated the tanks up, there would be clouds of propane gas wafting out the back of the truck. We used to laugh. By the time we lugged those 40 lb'ers up on the roof, and more sun hit, they'd be spitting liquid out of the relief valve, opposite the hookup below the hand valve. We'd light our torches, and they'd be spitting liquid and shooting fire everywhere. You'd always inadvertently light the spitting relief valve on fire, because we'd all be shooting the *censored* and not paying attention .... or still drunk from the night before.

Wow.. Smitt, talk about livin on the edge!
Yer a riot!! :funny:
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Wanna Bee On: Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:54 pm

I pushed a loaded 40 yard dumpster over a buried 2000gal tank once. Broke the top off and let 1/2 the pro pain out.

Story was...I ran a custom home construction company. Site super asked me to move a shitload of lumber from the side of one of the finished homes. I drove my LuLL all terrain forklift into the driveway but couldn't access the materials because there was a dumpster in the way. Common to throw dumpsters around when you have a big machine, so that's what I did. Drove up, put my forks on the can and started to boom out. Next thing I see smoke coming from under the can, WTF I'm thinking? Then it dawns on me as I get a whiff of propane. Calmly shut off the machine and walked away.

I ended up getting back charged $2,500 +/- for the new tank and about half the PP. see what I got for doing someone a favor. :lol:
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Re: Propane Tank Fire

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:46 pm

You were one lucky guy that day! :shock:
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