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Old 02-21-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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I use a propane burner to boil, and currently I do so in the garage or patio room. However, it would be ideal if I could do it in the basement where the rest of my set up is. I am no science expert, so I apologize if this sounds ignorant - what is the issue with using propane inside, and is there anyone to eliminate these issues (having airflow come in from the outside, opening windows, etc.)? Thanks.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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Carbon monoxide poisoning happens fast if you use a propane burner in an enclosed space. There was a post on there somewhere where even when used right next to an open door in a basement, the carbon monoxide alarm went off in a matter of minutes.

If you want to do things inside, electric seems to be the way to go, or invest in a huge hood that can move plenty of air. I think some people run their systems off natural gas but then your issue would be setting your house up for that.

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Read the sticky. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/carb...ds-real-52676/

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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I did some additional research. Not worth it! Homebrew is no good if you're dead. Thanks all!

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I boil with propane in my basement but I have a window behind my burner and a door next to it. I open them both up and use a fan to draw out the door. Without the fan, it's an issue. With it, I can't smell a thing and have had no issues. I'm going to put a carbon monoxide detector next to it to be safe but I should be ok - hopefully.

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I boil with propane in my basement but I have a window behind my burner and a door next to it. I open them both up and use a fan to draw out the door. Without the fan, it's an issue. With it, I can't smell a thing and have had no issues. I'm going to put a carbon monoxide detector next to it to be safe but I should be ok - hopefully.
I'd be worried about the possibility of a propane leak starting a fire, but I might be overly jumpy about that because of a close call with my furnace a couple of years ago. What about all the moisture from the boiloff? Mold could be a concern.
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For the carbon monoxide - I've seen a diy build where the person put in a oven head like in a restraunt (or a chemlab). This exhausts the CO and CO2. I think this guy had a gas burner stove, not a pot boiler like most here use. His build is pictured somewhere here on HBT

It might help with a propane leak because if there was one, it would draw out a lot of CFpM and probably prevent enough density for a fire - but I don't know.

So CO/CO2 poisoning, and a fire from a leak, and lastly a fire from "gee that was stupid putting x to close to the burner"

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When I have the window and door open with the fan on I get a draft through the window and out the door. My pot is only around 2 ft away from the ceiling as I have very low ceilings (6ft 1in) and I boil on top of a countertop. I have never noticed any water build up or mold. I plan on making a permanent system in this spot and installing a hood as well as running a natural gas line but for now, it works and I am able to make beer. I know its not the best but it does allow me to brew indoors when its cold (I live in Lake Tahoe) and I am able to keep everything in one spot and close to each other. I am going to put a carbon monoxide detector though as I do have 2 kids and a wife and as others have said, brewing beer is not worth dying over - usually.

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