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Old 11-09-2005, 01:55 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reassuring photo, Eskram Glad to know that was an NO tank blowing after the pressure safety valve failed, though - poor car

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Old 11-09-2005, 05:36 PM   #12
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I just lay the sucker on its side in the back seat and make sure it can't roll or move around much. I also crack all of the windows.

From my chats with the filling guys, having the tank blow up is less of a concern than the possibility of CO2 filling the car and causing you to pass out. If you start to get a serious headache while driving with the old tank in your car, pull over and get out.

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Old 11-10-2005, 01:07 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Eskram
I realize these are different gasses, bottles, etc, but here's what can happen if a pressurized gas bottle blows up in your car.

There's a huge, huge difference between a highly flammable NO mix in the trunk that goes boom than a completely non-flammable CO2 tank that, at worse, could have the valve cracked. If that happens, all that will happen is that the tank will take off like a projectile. If you happen to be in the way, then OUCH, but otherwise the vehicle shouldn't end up like this picture.
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The biggest risk from compressed gas cylinders is if the stem gets knocked off - as in this demonstration from Mythbusters:
Do not transport cylinders without securing them in some fashion so they can't roll about. Cylinders should be stored in a secured place where they won't accidentally get tipped over, risking shearing off the cylinder stem.

The stem should have a high pressure release valve built into it - which should vent gas if high temperatures result in excessive pressures, preventing explosion of the tank itself.

As an anesthesiologist, I work with compressed gases (oxygen) on a regular basis, and cylinder safety is important...
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:54 PM   #15
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Look for aluminum cylinders- Often the 20Lb ones will have a safety collar on so if they do get rolled around in the trunk, they should not open.

Heres a photo of what I am talking about

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