Unless somebody walks up next to your vehicle having a smoke and we all now what smokers do with there butts , if it gets flicked to the ground where the propane is leaking out bye bye van and you might have to take a visit to the burn unit or the morgue after they get your body cooled down and not smoking anymore.No. Propane is heavier than air. It will leak out the bottom and NOT fill up the locker....that's why the bottom is open/vented. Outside it will disperse. It won't make a nice little trail to the flame source.3. Have a locker on board with a vent out the bottom (like a boat) is like having a bomb on board. The gas if leaking will fill up the locker (leak will come from the top of tank) then vent out the bottom, and can travel along the ground to a campfire, smoker, or some other flame/ignition source. The fire will then go back to the leaky tank.
I'm in the process of building a locker to the NFPA standards. As well as this I'm putting in a propane/CO monitor. To make it easy to use I'm also installing a gas solinoid valve so the propane can be turned on and off quickly.
Just curious but why do you feel it's dangerous?I ultimately decided to buy a marine propane locker, but I did research DIY propane lockers, and one of the first links I encountered showed a hose clamped onto the pressure relief valve to vent the propane outside. Is this actually as dangerously stupid as it looks?
Just curious but why do you feel it's dangerous?
I used to have a Propane heater with a 20 # propane tank in a box vented to the outside , I couldn't wait to get rid of it , much better options these days , I think diesal is the way to go even if you have a gas van , The Espar heater and a 6 gallon fuel tank from Bass pro works perfect , way easier to fuel up too and with the Basspro tank you can dump in Seafoam cleaner once a year to clean the gunk out of the heater .
Thanks for the idea. Not sure those ammo can seals are really designed to resist significant internal pressure if a tank valve failed completely, but it's something for peace of mind.I store the bottles in a sealed plastic ammo can from Cabela's. Small bottles do allow the two burner propane stove to be used outside the van.
Agree. I will buy the caps suggested. Ammo can would not retain the propane if a valve failed.Thanks for the idea. Not sure those ammo can seals are really designed to resist significant internal pressure if a tank valve failed completely, but it's something for peace of mind.
I got brass caps for the 1" threaded valves of US 1 pound propane mini-tanks between uses.
If you like fancy regulators with mounting brackets, This is the one I bought 3 years ago for about $40 dollars less then the price listed. You could unscrew the hose and install a one pound propane tank fitting in to the Tee fitting.I saw this set up in a van the other day, asked the owner for a picture just to share on this thread.
I got one last week for the same $48, now it's back to $70.FYI - good deal on MTI Industries 12V 25 Series Safe-T-Alert Mini RV Dual Carbon Monoxide/Propane Alarm
I found this YouTube helpful: 'Installing LPG in a Self Build Camper Van', by Greg VirgoeWhat does everyone do as far as propane safety precautions? How do you store your propane, inside or outside?