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Old 26-01-2014, 20:26   #61
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

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Acetylene is not even a remote possibility. In free state at 15 psi a shock or jar will set it off. At 29.4 psi it becomes self-explosive and your best course of action is to run and put as much distance between you and the source as possible.

It is dissolved in acetone in tanks. This is some photos of a van that had a oxyacetylene torch inside it and the tanks were stored on their side in the van. There was a leak in a valve, allowing the acetone in the tank to leak off and leaving free state acetylene in the tank.

Just blowing the soft metal safety plug out of the bottom of the tank caused this damage.
LOL, Like I said, pricey.....

Reminds me of a Navy Seal I once knew, who one 4th of July made a acetylene bomb with a trash bag used like a balloon. That thing set car alarms a block away. Fellow was just a little too crazy.....
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Old 26-01-2014, 21:37   #62
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

Here is a guy who claims to be running a Honda 2000i on Acetylene.
He generates the acetylene from carbide.

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Old 26-01-2014, 21:42   #63
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Here is a guy who claims to be running a Honda 2000i on Acetylene.
I know one guy who runs one on wood gas too. But there's a point where practicality and experimentation part company.
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

"But there's a point where practicality and experimentation part company."
That's a fact. Can you imagine trying to carry carbide on a boat?
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Well, what I don't understand is why are people messing with LPG and gasoline generators, that aren't even designed or approved for marine use, on cruising yachts? You already have diesel fuel on the boat, which is a relatively safe fuel and available at just about every port on earth (although at some of them you might have to run it through a few strainers and filters to get the seaweed and scum out of it).

Spark ignition engines are not exceedingly efficient devices. Neither are diesels, but they're one heck of a lot better than Otto Cycle, and one heck of a lot more reliable. All it takes is to douse your EU2000 with a wave and it's done in saltwater. It will start to corrode internally and turn into junk in short order. Especially that neat little three-phase neo magnet generator they got in there that feeds the input to the inverter. That generator is not protected from the salt environment at all and neos are really susceptible to corrosion in salt air.

I dunno, man. If you're going to spend money on something, why not do it right?
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

I would love to have a real marine diesel generator on my boat but there just isn't a good place to put it. If I want to sleep aboard in the south Florida summer I need to run the air conditioner. My little Honda 2000i does the job nicely.
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LPG is just dangerous for anything more then cooking!
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

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LOL, Like I said, pricey.....

Reminds me of a Navy Seal I once knew, who one 4th of July made a acetylene bomb with a trash bag used like a balloon. That thing set car alarms a block away. Fellow was just a little too crazy.....
Boy I used to do some stupid things when I was a kid...
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

"LPG is just dangerous for anything more then cooking! "

Why?
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

The trick to a really good acetylene bang is to fill the bag from a torch that is supplying both acetylene and oxygen.
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

Way we used to do it in the oil field was to take a rosebud, adjust it to a neutral flame then put it out by pressing it to a piece of steel. Then let the gas flow into a piece of drill stem for 30 sec or so. Then set it off. That was as loud as a 75mm pack howitzer if you have ever heard one of those.
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

I know the reasons a propane stove has a place on boats. But can someone tell me why you would want a propane powered outboard. Let alone a generator. Ahead of the curve I think not
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I think it funny that some seem to think propane outboards are the cats meow, yet a propane Gen is insanely dangerous? Both will store the propane on the boat and storage is the issue
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Re: Is a Propane Generator Feasible?

I think the outboard as it's carb should never gum up, in theory you should be able to just quit using it with no storage prep and come back som indeterminable time later and it run just fine. For all those people that live up north but have boats in S Fl, sound like the ticket for them
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I think the outboard as it's carb should never gum up, in theory you should be able to just quit using it with no storage prep and come back som indeterminable time later and it run just fine. For all those people that live up north but have boats in S Fl, sound like the ticket for them
Exactly!. A propane outboard is great for casual/part time use where a gas outboard could gum up the carb. Seems to be lots more part timers too. For full time folks a gas outboard would most likely give better overall performance if nothing else in that gas is easier to find.
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