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Old 09-14-2007
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Yet another reason to be very, very careful with propane.

This could have been an absolute horror story instead of a graphic safety reminder. I am so glad I recently rebuilt my entire system.

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimesc...e5df8c&k=25773
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Indeed, only happy circumstance prevented serious injury to many, bystanders included.

The location is a very popular marine park, with a dock for visitors, and a dock for the passenger ferries that bring people back and forth. Fortunately this unfortunate vessel moored at the ferry dock, otherwise her explosion would have affected many others in close proximity on the visitors dock, along with possible injury to persons simply walking the dock.
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Odd that the inspectors found the propane system unsafe for use while there were passengers aboard, but not sufficiently unsafe to condemn the vessel entirely. ISTM it's either safe or it's not.

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I suspect that in a commercial outfit carrying passengers there would be very restrictive and detailed (expensive) conditions regarding equipment if you are going to use propane. Maybe you just can't when passengers are aboard, I don't know. But it isn't hard to blow up a boat with the stuff, which is why my tank and valves and such hang off the stern pulpit. But all it takes is a sticky stove knob to fill a boat with fumes in a few minutes. Wish mine was diesel.
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Joesaila,

A BLEVE can be avoided by using one of these.

http://www.lpgastanks.com/propane-tanks/lc20

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Save a few bucks for the shipping.

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A BLEVE can be avoided by using one of these.

http://www.lpgastanks.com/propane-tanks/lc20

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Are these even legal? I would pay a premium if only for the lesser weight and the non-corrosive factors.
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They seem to be coming the norm in France (Calypso brand).

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