Do I need a regulator for my outdoor propane tank?

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Old 10-27-08, 10:01 AM
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Do I need a regulator for my outdoor propane tank?

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a room off of our detached garage is serving as a weight/workout room and it has a small wall mounted heater that used to be connected to a rented propane tank plumbed through the wall to the outside.

i now purchased a smaller (32gallon) propane tank and i want to connect it to the copper tubing (flared) which is plumbed to the outside of the garage.

the tank i bought has the on/off valve and nothing else.

what do i need to hook it up to the existing flared fitting. the flared fitting has a nut on it and it looks like 3/8".

do i need a regulator? do i need a 1/2 male threaded nipple which is also flared?

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Old 10-27-08, 04:01 PM
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Gas Regulator

Yes, you do need a regulator, probably 2 stage. If this wall mounted heater is unvented do not use it. These things are downright dangerous & have been banned in many states.
 
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i bought a regulator at Lowe's. i don't think it is 2 stage but i wouldn't know what it would look like if it were.

why are the wall mounts dangerous? is it the lack of fresh air? do they blow up?

we only use it one hour every other day during the cold months. it hangs on the wall of our workout room and when it gets cold out there (in the garage) we turn it on.

do you still think it is dangerous?

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The key word is unvented. Think carbon monoxide - as in dead.
While a heater designed for unvented use may put out less CO, it is still a byproduct of combustion. Also, they generate a lot of moisture.
 
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And it could use up oxygen in a pretty air-tight house.
 
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Old 10-29-08, 03:33 AM
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Limited use

I understand the reduced risk because of the heater's limited use but I still would not have nor install one. For such short duration, why not use an electric space heater or have some electric baseboard installed.
 
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