Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Question About Pressurized Gas Tank Security
One thing I've never seen in the discussions about pressurized C02 setups is what people do to keep them from getting knocked over and breaking off their regulators or fracturing the tank itself. Is that because the pressure and volume of homebrew CO2 tanks is much less than what you see in welding gasses? The tanks are made of something more resilient than cast iron? Falling smaller tanks don't hit with as much force as a much taller and heavier welding gas tank? Something more simple, like people just haven't considered it?
Here's why I wonder: I've worked with some fairly exotic organisms over the years that utilize fun stuff like acetylene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide. As a result, I've had to deal with more tanks and tank leaks than I want to remember. Welding supply sized tanks are frequently made out of cast iron and can be several decades old (making them very brittle and prone to fracturing). Ignoring the toxic effects of any contents, just the gas escaping alone is enough to have the tank take off like a rocket- which is more than enough to level a house. I can't imagine a five pound tank taking off wouldn't at least punch through a few walls, especially in a wooden frame house.
Last edited by flc; 12-10-2012 at 07:29 PM.