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Old 12-21-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Propane Explosion

We had a travel trailer explosion in our county last night. A family ran out of propane, changed their tanks but didn't turn off the stove. When they went to relight the stove, the gas exploded.
If you want to read the newspaper account, go to "the Burlington Times News" and look for Trailer Explosion.
All three of the family are at the Chaple Hill Burn Center.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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How could the stove be lit if the propane tank was empty? I'm confused.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:59 PM   #3
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the stove ran out of fuel, but it was still turned on. when the gas was turned back on the gas leaked into the trailer through the stove. when they tried to relight the stove, the gas that leaked in exploded
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Hi,

The Fire Department said the owner of the trailer was trying to light his furnace. Scary...
Camper explosion hurts three | camper, explosion, hurts - Top News - Burlington Times News
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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the trailer fire can be seen on "Fox 8 News" websight at wghp TV in North Carolina. There is nothing much remaining of the 24 ft trailer. We had just visited the Burn Center this past Saturday to deliver toys. You don't want to be there.
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I'm a a bit confused... doesn't propane smell if left on?
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:34 PM   #7
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I feel for those guys...and we've all done 'stupid' things in our lives...Lets all learn from their bad misfortune...I seem to recall there are several pages of 'caution' information in the front of the manuals for all the propane appliances in our rigs...maybe we'd better take another 'refresher' look at em' before fooling with the gas!...

...And yes, if you smell gas, don't light up that stogie...
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I'm a a bit confused... doesn't propane smell if left on?
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Sure does, however, like all things when you are around it for a long time, you notice it less. This is a horrible story, but it's yet another reminder that when you own a trailer you have to ACTIVELY manage your systems. I just hate to admit it, but I may actually have changed a tank myself without turning off my water heater. No bad effects, but I'll be putting a note on the tanks to remind myself to make sure the furnace, water heater AND stove/oven are all OFF before I change tanks.

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Thanks Paula - one difference between the stovetop and the hotwater heater/furnace. The oven (on the newer models), hotwater heater, and furnace all have thermo couplers that SHOULD shut off gas flow if the pilot light is extinguished... they shouldn't free flow gas.

That said, I can see how the stove TOP flame would go out when the tanks are changed... then free flow when the gas turned back on. I also wouldn't stake my life on the thermocouplers... yes, I'll make sure the appliances are off first.
Thanks for the reminders!
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Well, this makes me even more weary and precautionary since I am planning on replacing my gas lines!!! YIKES!!! I will tell you that I have searched every single local store in my area to try to find an LP leak detector and can not find one...The S&H adds on even more $$$$....Any advice????
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I will recount my experience for a good laugh at my expense.

If my oven is set on a low setting and you close the door quickly, well, it will blow out the flame. I was cooking a mess of bacon for a huge breakfast and had the exhaust fan on... to suck out the greasy air and fumes. But without me realizing it the propane was also being sucked out too. The fan above the stove in a 1962 works very well. So no odor of propane. I noticed that the flame had gone out, and bent down to look just as the propane caught due to the flame going on the stove top. I have fairly long hair and a goatee. It was sunday morning and I had not shaved in a few days... the hair is still growing back. I was not severely burned, but it did scare me in a major way. So with those old stoves, be sure to not slam the door even if you are cooking for 12 and need to move fast. I now keep a piece of aluminum foil under the burner, so I can watch the flame while I close the door slowly.
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As stated by Marc in post # 9, All of our RV appliances have a built in safety feature of a thermocouple EXCEPT the oven pilot (older models) and range top. The propane can free flow from that appliance. In most cases, the knob has to be pushed in to turn, but I have accidentally turned on a top burner in passing by, with my hip. My advice is, when using the stove, do not allow anything to sidetrack you. If it doesn't light, turn the valve off immediately before doing ANYTHING else.
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Well, this makes me even more weary and precautionary since I am planning on replacing my gas lines!!! YIKES!!! I will tell you that I have searched every single local store in my area to try to find an LP leak detector and can not find one...The S&H adds on even more $$$$....Any advice????
They are very common and should be displayed right along side the smoke detectors at any good hardware store. So if your hardware store sells smoke detectors but don't have propane detectors, they could very easily order one for you, as they are made by the same manufacturer as smoke detector (Kidde for example).
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Well, this makes me even more weary and precautionary since I am planning on replacing my gas lines!!! YIKES!!! I will tell you that I have searched every single local store in my area to try to find an LP leak detector and can not find one...The S&H adds on even more $$$$....Any advice????

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