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rt4philly 07-10-2013 12:30 AM

Brew in the garage
 
I want to move brewing out of the kitchen and into the garage. I just bought a propane burner and she's afraid I'll burn down the house if I brew in the garage. I'm convinced its safe, what do you all think?

Polboy 07-10-2013 12:35 AM

I wouldnt be afraid of burning down the house but carbon monoxide poisoning could be a real danger here. But if you have good ventilation i would give it a try (with co detector plugged nearby).
I brew in the garage, its detached and i wide open big and small door and im fine but i also use NG instead propane and i think it has less of the CO risk

kh54s10 07-10-2013 12:39 AM

I brew on an enclosed porch. Open the doors and get good ventilation. Keep away from the walls and you should have no problems. I did slightly melt vinyl siding in the porch I now have moved the burner farther away and put a sheet of plywood between. I need to get even better insulation there.

Have a fire extinguisher handy.

Don't leave for any longer than it takes to relieve yourself of the homebrews consumed during brewing!

In good weather you could move to the driveway.

davekippen 07-10-2013 12:43 AM

I brew in the garage all the time. Just do it near the door with it open or cracked open. No worries.

Mtn_Brewer 07-10-2013 01:14 AM

Here's what I did:


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-garage-hood-heat-shield-375755/

SpottedDogBrewing 07-10-2013 01:31 AM

I brew in garage 100%

nukebrewer 07-10-2013 02:48 AM

I also brew in the garage 100% of the time. Never had an issue, even when I couldn't open the big door to get my car out because of snow. The normal sized door to the back yard provided sufficient ventilation when open.

rt4philly 07-10-2013 05:11 PM

Showed the wife this forum as proof it's ok to brew in the garage and now she think I need some sort of heat shield and a fire extinguisher first. I'm going to be brewing ing the center of the garage away from the walls with the garage door open for ventilation. Should be fine without a heat shield right?

m3n00b 07-10-2013 05:35 PM

All garages should have fire extinguishers no matter what. Also should have one in the kitchen and on each floor.

gavball6 07-10-2013 06:51 PM

Next time you brew in the kitchen, let a massive boil over occur on the stove... That'll get her wanting you to brew in the garage pretty quick!

:)


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