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Old 27-03-2016, 14:10   #1
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Propane tank question

Can you lie a vertical propane tank on its side and mount it that way hooked up? Thanks Bruce
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Old 27-03-2016, 14:13   #2
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Re: Propane tank question

Nope. It won't work that way. You have to draw gas, not liquid from the tank and the gas is at the top.
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Re: Propane tank question

Absolutely not ! It would be very dangerous to fill your lines with liquid propane.
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You can get a horizontal tank.
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Re: Propane tank question

However, there are propane tanks designed for horizontal usage. They won't fill them, lying down, in Australia, which was a problem for a while. Later, sold the boat with the tank.

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Re: Propane tank question

Forklift tanks are horizontal tanks if your looking, look for a forklift tank.


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Old 27-03-2016, 17:09   #7
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Forklift tanks are horizontal tanks if your looking, look for a forklift tank.


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But those are liquid delivery......no good for a vapor system.


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Not my understanding... they are constructed differently and still draw off vapour.

There seem to be plenty of horizontal tanks designed for domestic and RV use... even in the smaller sizes... lookee here Manchester Tank: RV Products

I have been looking for diagrams of their internals but can't find any today....
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Re: Propane tank question

Are you using the Propane in your stove? Then no, you need to buy a special horizontal tank.

If you are using it to power a Lehr outboard, then you can get away with it because they will run on either vapor or liquid.

Another problem with putting a vertical tank on its side is that the safety vent might vent liquid propane if the tank is exposed to fire. Think flame thrower vs blow torch.
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Not my understanding... they are constructed differently and still draw off vapour.



There seem to be plenty of horizontal tanks designed for domestic and RV use... even in the smaller sizes... lookee here Manchester Tank: RV Products



I have been looking for diagrams of their internals but can't find any today....

http://www.propane101.com/industrial...ecylinders.htm


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Propane Forklift Cylinders and Industrial LP Gas Bottles


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Ah ha.. I stand corrected.... however I think I am still correct in saying that domestic cylinders designed for horizontal use have different internals so they just draw off vapour.
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Ah ha.. I stand corrected.... however I think I am still correct in saying that domestic cylinders designed for horizontal use have different internals so they just draw off vapour.

That is correct, horizontal tanks for domestic use have a tube that pulls from the top (high side) of the cylinder, above the fluid.


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Re: Propane tank question

There are vapor horizontal forklift tanks, and the there are vapor horizontal tanks designed for boats. The former will roll if not constrained, and have a key to lock them to the forklift. They also have a different fitting. The later have feet so they don't roll, and domestic fittings. I erroneously bought the forklift variety.

Sense then I decided to keep my steel tanks, but if anyone wants to buy a 20lb horizontal forklift tank, I've got a brand new one for sale in the PNW. Cheap and the propane in it is free.


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Re: Propane tank question

Trident Marine, the hose guys, sell both a ten pound and twenty pound horizontal vapor delivery tank. Trident Aluminum Gas Cylinders

I use a liquid delivery forklift tank to supply fuel to my 15 hp Lehr outboard. Small hoses have a hard time delivering enough propane vapor to run larger engines. Larger engines have vaporizers that turn liquid propane into vapor that can be used as fuel.
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Re: Propane tank question

So I'm mistaken in thinking the tanks are actually the same, and the only difference is the removable VALVE. Which includes the internal plumbing that makes a difference in where the liquid or gas is taken from.
No ?


(And the way these things work, I'd fully expect a replacement valve assembly to cost more than an entire new tank with valve already installed.)
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