This isn’t rocket science, people!
I just called the welding supply shop that we got ALL of the equipment from (except the HH)…the brand spanking new tank, the brand spanking new hoses and proper fittings that were required to run the torch and spoke with THE owner…who has been in business for 40 years now. They are the best known and most respected welding supply here in the Tampa area. I told him the size of our shop/warehouse, the size of the office box, the size of the exhaust fan in the warehouse and in the office. He knows what torch is being used and what size tank and lines are running.
According to him (and I *think* that he might know what he’s talking about), it is NOT illegal [to keep propane inside]. They are used every day in many shops for all kinds of applications. He said the only time he’s seen any ‘rules’ about using one is in the situation of a jeweler in a mall or retail shop. And as for the insurance thing, he said that would be like telling someone they could not use their gas barbecue….that if something happened they would not cover it. Myth busted…..
I’m sorry dear, but your welding shop owner is totally and completely W-R-O-N-G.
He is thinking about acetylene, which, being lighter than air (like natural gas) isn’t a problem. Propane, on the other hand, is illegal to kept indoors in quantities larger than two one-pound canisters. That’s straight from the National Fire Prevention Association, who administers the National Fire Code which is adopted by all 50 states. This includes houses, out-buildings, garages, commercial buildings, retail establishments and industrial buildings. It doesn’t matter if they are zoned residential, agricultural, commercial or industrial. It is flat out ILLEGAL.
And as far as the insurance thing? Trying to compare lampworking use to the BBQ is flat out about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. Insurance companies will go to any length to not pay a claim. Just look at Louisiana and Mississippi post-Katrina if you have any questions. All they need is an excuse — like not following NFPA rules. That propane BBQ you store in the garage during the winter? If the propane tank is attached, guess what? You are in violation of the NFPA rules, and could potentially have your insurance cancelled.