What pipe can be used for propane?
For most propane yard lines, the piping is usually either copper tubing or plastic polyethylene piping. The materials allowed for propane gas line installation will vary from state to state. Some states do not allow copper piping. Because black iron piping is used to transport natural gas, you may ask, Can black pipe be used for propane? The simple answer is yes. Again, if you are installing gas lines for either propane or natural gas, check with local authorities to find out what material is allowed in your area.
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While propane is safe to use, you have to use it safely and be aware of safety issues when using it. Some concerns about propane gas use include:
- Gas leaks: If you smell gas, turn off the gas supply, leave the area, and report the leak. Stay away from the area until the leak is repaired.
- Flammable vapor ignition: Keep flammable liquids like gasoline or paint thinner away from pilot lights to avoid fires. Items like rags soaked in such liquids should also be kept away from the pilot light because the vapor can cause a fire to ignite.
- Stay alert to odor of propane: The gas is described as smelling like rotten eggs, skunk spray or dead animal. Stay alert for the odor, which usually indicates a leak.
- Keep the tank filled: If your gas flow runs out while you are using an appliance, you risk fire or even explosions.
Propane gas line sizing
One of the most important aspects of a propane gas line installation is choosing the right size of line for what you are using it for. The piping must be large enough to supply gas to each appliance so they can operate at the same time. You determine the size by adding the BTUs of all the appliances you’re using and factor in the type of piping you’re using. Each type of material will require different sizes according to the amount of BTUs. A 10-foot length of ¾-inch metallic pipe, for instance, can move 273 cubic feet of gas per hour. Sizing tables for gas line installation can be found in the Standard Gas Code. You may also want to make an allowance for adding new lines later on if new appliances are added. Undersized gas lines will cause the appliances to operate inefficiently, and could cause sooting and cause the equipment to fail.
Propane gas line calculator
There are many tools online to help you calculate the size of a gas line needed for installation. The International Gas Code releases charts and tables regularly, and local authorities may also have charts and tables showing local regulations.
How do you seal a gas line fitting?
If you are connecting appliances like a gas range using copper tubing, you will need to make certain the fittings are sealed tightly to prevent any leaks. On threaded connections apply either pipe thread compound or gas-rated Teflon tape to the threads before you assemble them. Remember that if you use Teflon tape, you’ll want to use gas-rated tape which is yellow, rather than standard Teflon or plumber’s tape which is rated for water.
Can you reuse flexible gas line?
The International Gas Code, which regulates gas line installation, actually prohibits reusing any lines, pipe, fittings, valves, or other materials, unless they are free of debris, dirt, and other materials, and have been determined as adequate. Most propane gas line installation instructions will also recommend you not reuse flexible lines or other materials.
How to run propane gas line underground
During a propane gas line installation, if you are running the line underground, the depth should be anywhere from 12 inches to 18 inches to protect the line and the connections. How deep you dig depends on how much traffic will be traveling over the area. The depth must be adequate because if the lines are too close to the surface, they can be easily crushed or crimped, which can cause leaks. When you bury the line, make sure the material used is adequate enough to withstand the conditions underground. For added safety, you may need to wrap the line in protective tape or place it in a protective PVC sleeve. Steel piping will require such protective measures to prevent corrosion.
Will a propane gas line freeze
Propane gas lines and tanks can freeze in extreme temperatures. If the temperature drops below -44 degrees, and there is no heat source to warm it, the propane won’t vaporize and will freeze. The propane tank can also freeze if the pressure rate is too high. You can prevent the tank from freezing by keeping it full or by installing a heating system such as a heating blanket or insulated blanket.
Gas line vs propane tank
When choosing between natural gas or propane, both have advantages and disadvantages. In many cases, for instance, natural gas can be cheaper to run than propane, but overall propane burns more efficiently. Propane also burns slightly cleaner than natural gas. On the other hand, natural gas is a little safer because it dissipates quicker than propane if it leaks.
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