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Old 02-12-2009, 04:03 AM   #1
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Propane seems to burn pretty cleanly but is there any issues with fumes if I would burn my propane burner indoors like down in my basement? I currently do it in my garage with the garage door cracked a bit but was curious if I could in a closed space like a basement. Natural gas burns clean enough, I was wondering about the propane.


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Propane not only produces CO gas, which is colorless, odorless, and deadly, but leaked propane will travel alone the floor and can find ignition sources. There's a good chance you'll void your insurance if using it indoors results in a claim.

That being said many people do use propane indoors. They tend to take extreme measures to ventilate and they use CO detectors. In the end it's up to you if you want to take the chance, but just be aware of all the dangers.

If you want to read about some debates, try running a search on the topic. It comes up from time to time.

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It burns clean, but puts of a bunch of CO2. You need ventilation so you don't suffocate yourself. There are a ton of threads around about what is/isn't sufficient for brewing indoors if you do a search, but I think for the most part the common theory on the limit of safeness/comfort is what you are doing with a garage with the door cracked. It can keep you relatively warm in these cold months, but keep enough fresh air coming in. Plus you can always open the door all the way and set air exchange quickly

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there are a number of threads on this. bottom line, carbon monoxide is deadly and is not worth the risk IMO. some have rigged fans to do this in basement, but most will recommend against it. wherever you decide to brew with propane indoors, please use a carbon monoxide detector.

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It burns clean, but puts of a bunch of CO2.
I think you mean carbon monoxide, not carbon dioxide.
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That's what I was wondering if there was excess CO involved with propane. I'll stick to my garage because I keep the door about 1/2 open when it's colder out for good ventilation just in case and know I know. Thanks

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That's what I was wondering if there was excess CO involved with propane. I'll stick to my garage because I keep the door about 1/2 open when it's colder out for good ventilation just in case and know I know. Thanks
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I think you mean carbon monoxide, not carbon dioxide.
Actually both, and in an ideal combustion, propane only produces CO2 and H2O as byproducts, but since this is a real world scenario and ambient air is used for the combustion there are many carbon based compounds produced (including both CO and CO2) along with nitrogen based compounds as well. CO gets all the press because of the "silent killer status", but there are many other nasties in there that will kill you also.
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I usually brew on a propane burner in my low-ceiling kitchen, on the linoleum floor, with the windows closed, while standing in a puddle and sticking a fork in my toaster.

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Actually both, and in an ideal combustion, propane only produces CO2 and H2O as byproducts, but since this is a real world scenario and ambient air is used for the combustion there are many carbon based compounds produced (including both CO and CO2) along with nitrogen based compounds as well. CO gets all the press because of the "silent killer status", but there are many other nasties in there that will kill you also.
You are indeed correct, sir. Sorry to have improperly corrected you.
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