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Old 12-07-2012, 04:13 AM   #11
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I went to my local propane store and they sold me the lengths. I made them myself with some barbed flare fittings. It was 2$ a foot of gas line and I cant remember what the fittings cost.

But the flare fittings will not fit NPT. You'll have to get a 3/8 x 3/8 Flare coupler to make it work if you have it coming off of black iron pipe like i do.
Thanks for the Flare/NPT detail. I think that pretty much makes up my mind. I think the black iron pipe manifold + propane hose will probably be the cheapest and easiest to source. My second option would be going the copper flare on black pipe (more or less the same concepts).

So... I'll keep calling around for the hose. I'm sure somebody will be able to do it. Otherwise, I remember seeing some online somewhere that should work.

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Old 12-07-2012, 07:35 PM   #12
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look for hose-man - they have them up here, they might be down in SD as well. They can make custom hoses any way you want, but they are a bit pricey, but I think they're worth it. I've used them for all sorts of hoses. . .

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #13
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look for hose-man - they have them up here, they might be down in SD as well. They can make custom hoses any way you want, but they are a bit pricey, but I think they're worth it. I've used them for all sorts of hoses. . .
Unfortunately it looks like they are only in Riverside, LA, and Ventura. But that's not a bad idea - to look for a hydraulic hose company that's willing to do a small job like that. What kind of hose should I ask about?
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:57 PM   #14
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nice thing is that you can describe what you're doing - propane - and what ends you need and they have plenty of knowledge about putting it together.

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There is a very slight concern with using copper and propane with regard to corrosion. I used it for several years and asked a plumber about it. He said with the small frequency at which I was running gas through the copper, it was a non issue. Seal was never an issue with compression fittings.

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There is a very slight concern with using copper and propane with regard to corrosion. I used it for several years and asked a plumber about it. He said with the small frequency at which I was running gas through the copper, it was a non issue. Seal was never an issue with compression fittings.
That's the gist I got from going through a lot of threads here on HBT. Ultimately I think flexible tubing is going to be the more affordable route and allow me to make adjustments easier without necessarily having to use consumables. That said, if the price is right, I still may do it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:31 AM   #17
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There is a very slight concern with using copper and propane with regard to corrosion. I used it for several years and asked a plumber about it. He said with the small frequency at which I was running gas through the copper, it was a non issue. Seal was never an issue with compression fittings.
Not sure what you're refering to. Propane companies around here use propane for their lines - even underground.
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I got a 5 foot braided hose and propane bottle fitting from True Value hardware this monday and the rest of the pipe and fittings from Home Depot. I used 1 dual stage regulator per burner, as I've seen a few people recommend on this forum. I chose the regulators based on other posts here too. I went with the regulators for each that way there was still high pressure supplied for each and not low pressure now forced to power each one simultaneously. Used 1/2 inch flex tubing for a gas stove or dryer from the furnace valve to the burner.

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There are mixed opinions about this. Many say that copper is fine, and that codes allow it, but warn that copper connections that can be the weak point and weaken over time. Traditionally, the additives to gas (for the smell) have been known to corrode the pipe. Many, like you note, say that they have been using copper for decades with no problem.
Copper certainly is widely and safely used. Perhaps the copper pipes in use for 40 years is a considering factor.
I'm not an expert, but it seems confusing and certainly worth considering both sides. Again, when it was my stand (previously), I used copper based on relatively infrequency of use.

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i have never heard of this copper/propane thing you are talking about. Are you sure you arent thinking about galvanized/natural gas. Those two are a bad combination. But propane and copper have been used together forever.

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