Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Propane Regulator

7:11 am:
I had to educate myself about propane regulators in order to buy the one that I should use for Box Van's propane system. The regulator that I chose is a 2-stage device [Link].

This propane regulator will not arrive until tomorrow. So, I will not be able to run the propane line until then.

When the line is installed, it will begin with black pipe coming from the propane tank. Then comes the regulator. Next black pipe comes from the regulator up thru Box Van's floor.

Two-stage regulator.





7:30 am:
I was thinking that my first construction project would be the raised floor of my living quarters. But last nite when I was in bed [where I do my best thinking] I decided on a top and bottom cabinet in the workshop.

The top cabinet will be 32" high x 32" wide x 12" deep. I have not decided if this cabinet will have doors or just be left open. The cabinet will be used for storing tools and miscellaneous items that are presently hanging from the pegboard.

The bottom cabinet will have a solid wood top. There will be two sets of drawers.

I will be using brad nail and glue for all of my wood construction [ie: cabinets, drawers, living quarters walls].


8:44 am:
A new 24-Hour Fitness opened up close to my Nite Camp.

I am going there to shower, use their hot spa and exercise.


10:58 am:
I've just returned from 24-Hour Fitness. This club is sooooo great! It is very new. The equipment in perfect condition.

And....the water in the spa is clear. No foam from body oil!


3:02 pm:
A comment from Reader Lou informed that I had ordered the wrong propane pressure regulator! And Lou even commented with a URL to a regulator that would work for the Box Van team!

I ordered this recommended regulator a few hours ago. It is scheduled for delivery on Monday, November 12th!

Thank you, Lou!  😎


4:24 pm:
An email arrived notifying me of packages waiting at Postal Annex, my local mailbox.

When I arrived at Postal Annex, there were two packages. One package was small and contained the replacement 3M tape that will permanently hold down Yingli the solar panel to Box Van's roof.

The other package was kinda large. On the package in large letters read:
Water Tank

Introducing, Ms. Fresh Water


7:03 pm:
Building the workshop cabinet [See today's 7:30 am Blog post] will require a scale drawing in order to develop a materials list.

I am making that drawing now and will Blog a copy for you to see when the drawing is finished.

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17 comments:

  1. A place to organize your tools will make a safer and more productive works place. Good choice.

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  2. Hi George ...

    Although it's not shown in the picture, the regulator you're getting should have with an attached male POL fitting to go directly into the tank's outlet. Here's a picture that shows what it should look like:

    https://protanksupply.com/shop/regulators/integral-twin-stage-regulators/160000-btu-integral-propane-regulator-wpol-2/

    It sounds like you're thinking of mounting the regulator some distance from the tank. This is a bad idea because of the tank pressure being so much higher than the regulator pressure. Any plumbing between the tank and the regulator will store much more gas than the gas lines after the regulator. If you ever need to turn off the propane in a hurry (leak or fire) you want it to shut off right away, not run until the high pressure gas bleeds down.

    Plus it's much harder to make pipe fittings gas tight at the tank's pressure of around 150 PSI vs at the regulator's output pressure of 0.5 PSI.

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    1. Lou,

      I am NOT thinkig of mounting the regulator some distance away from the tank.

      Please let me know where in my Blog that you read that and I will correct it.

      George

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  3. Hi George!

    A problem with the regulator you selected is it's vent is it's designed to be used with a tank that has it's valve at the top of the tank, not the side mounted outlet valve of your motorhome tank. If you use it there you'll have to turn it sideways which will place it's vent in the wrong position to let water drain out.

    You want a regulator with a 90 degree offset vent like this one:

    https://www.etrailer.com/Propane/Camco/CAM59333.html

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    1. Lou,

      Thank you sooooo much for helping me by sharing your expertise!

      I repurchased the regulator and bought the
      CAM 59333 that you suggested.

      George

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  4. Hey George,
    Were is the new 24 hours located?
    Thanks

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    1. Phil,

      Here is 24's address:
      8876 Navajo Rd, San Diego, CA 92119

      Will I be seeing you there? 😜

      George

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  5. I love a good mystery
    Do You know that they make flex hose for propane / LP
    It comes pre-coupled at each end and it's 25 feet long
    Any hole that it passes through you put a rubber grommet for Chafe protection
    It's flexibility allows you the movement and placement that you won't have with black Pipe

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    1. Ed,

      Thank you for that suggestion.

      I believe that you will LOVE how the propane line mystery turns out!

      George

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  6. A cabinet with no doors makes it easy to see where you put something. You'll need some way to keep stuff from hopping out of the cabinet when you go down the road. I bet you thought of that already!

    I'm a door person. I like stuff hidden, out of sight. Whatever suits you best!

    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Yes, easy to see things inside.

      However, a finished hardwood cabinet door may be an aesthetic joy to the cabinetmaker!

      George

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  7. I love open door pantry and cabinets. I too like to see what I have and don't have. Visit Ikea for small space storage and places to put dishes and utensils, spices, etc. I love Ikea because my house is small, a bungalow.

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    1. Rita,

      Are you addressing "Grocery storage cabinets?".

      I am building work shop cabinets. Big difference! Because grocery cabinets have different items at different times!

      George

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    2. Ikea is a furniture store that includes everything from bedding to kitchen, bathroom, garden, etc. Look it up in the web.

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    3. Hi Rita,

      It's so much more enjoyable for me to figure this Box Van project out myself.

      But thank you for your comment!

      George

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