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BradB 2019-05-03 11:46am

Propane regulator confusion
 
First, I am not even close to making my first bead.

I just purchased a kiln, O2 concentrator, and Nortel Minor torch from my supplier who is retiring (used). He gave me the hoses and a propane regulator

The regulator looks like the one on my BBQ. I have seen others on here with 2 gauges (pressure and propane level). Do I need this 2 gauge set or can I just use the regulator I was given?

Many more questions to come

Frit Diva 2019-05-03 3:23pm

Hi Brad! Welcome to the forum ~ you’ll find lots of helpful folks here.

The regulator that came with your setup is called a pancake regulator and it is perfectly sufficient for regulating the pressure from a 5 gallon (20 lb.) tank (the kind you normally see on a bbq grill). A dual gauge regulator doesn’t provide any additional information or control. If you didn’t get a flashback arrestor, that is a good idea and not expensive. You don’t need the flashback arrestor on your oxy con, just on the fuel side.

I’m assuming you know that the propane tank needs to be outside for safety?

BradB 2019-05-03 4:19pm

Thank you. There is a flashback arrestor on the hose. I have to get an extension as the hose is too short to make it outside.

notrhydon 2019-05-03 6:10pm

This is just an appreciation bump because I love how helpful this site is with setup and safety. Kept me from blowing up so far, so it must be good!

Eileen 2019-05-04 7:06am

Quote:

Originally Posted by BradB (Post 5035927)
Thank you. There is a flashback arrestor on the hose. I have to get an extension as the hose is too short to make it outside.


If the hose is getting old, you should consider just getting a new and longer hose. They do go bad, and I am thinking I need to buy a new one for myself. It isn't leaking, but they aren't all that expensive and could save me trouble (and $$) in the long run.


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