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Old 01-10-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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Default Using a burner indoors...

I just bought a burner last night, and i'm going to brew tomorrow. I want to use it, but is it safe to use it inside? I plan on keeping an eye on it the entire time, and opening a nearby door to give it oxygen.

Still, I have worries. Advice?

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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Just be careful. Make sure you have good ventilation. Maybe keep a fan running, close to an open door is good too. If you can, just do it on your porch. It makes more sense to keep fire outside, not to mention if you have a boilover you get to clean that up inside. Ick.

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Imagine trying to convince your insurance company that they should pay you if there was an accidental fire. Those burners are clearly labeled for outdoor use only so I think you'd be very screwed.

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Unless you have some really serious ventilation, I wouldn't risk it. CO poisoning, as mentioned above, is nothing to mess with.

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Basic Brewing did a podcast with the National Propane Gas Association just 2 days ago regarding this exact topic. I really didn't listen to it, but I'm sure the interviewee will have some very good information on this:

http://media.libsyn.com/media/basicb...-09propane.mp3

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Just be careful. Make sure you have good ventilation. Maybe keep a fan running, close to an open door is good too. If you can, just do it on your porch. It makes more sense to keep fire outside, not to mention if you have a boilover you get to clean that up inside. Ick.
I agree. Many of us have gas or propane cooking stoves, so I don't think the CO levels could become toxic from a burner or turkey fryer. I run my fan, and I keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and I NEVER leave my burner unattended. Just be safe and use common sense.
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Carbon Monoxide is an issue as well as running the risk of a fire. To me, it would be worth waiting to use the new burner til Spring. You may be alright using it indoors but why risk carbon monoxide poisoning or burning your house down. Plus, your insurance will pay nothing if your outdoor burner caused a fire.

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I agree. Many of us have gas or propane cooking stoves, so I don't think the CO levels could become toxic from a burner or turkey fryer. I run my fan, and I keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and I NEVER leave my burner unattended. Just be safe and use common sense.
The BTU's on the burner are much higher than a burner on a stovetop. The more propane that is burned = more CO. Also, propane is heavier than air, so in the event of a leak, an open window will not help. The propane gas will sit low in the room and build up. Very dangerous situation. Just a few tidbits of info to help decide whether to use it inside or not. To me, there are too many risks involved in using it indoors. Be safe.
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One more thing to be aware of the first few times you fire up the burner... The paint will certainly burn and cause some awful smelling fumes. I use mine in the garage with the door open and at least a window for some cross ventilation. FWIW, I would not use a burner indoors, even with the paint burned off.

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