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Bottini Fuel Discusses The Tank Distance Requirements

[b]Introduction[/b] Many times, at [color=#3366ff][url=]Bottini Fuel[/url][/color], we field the question on the distance that a tank needs to be in relation to several different objects. Just know that when we do the consultation, we will take all that into account. This means that we will make certain that your tank will be legal and within the boundaries of the law. When we do this, we take into account the distance the take will be from surrounding buildings, awnings, driveways, property lines, building openings, your house, and so much more. We do not want to have a bad situation arise should anything happen to the tank. If you are not keen on talking to us about it, you can contact your municipality and they will be happy to provide you with the information that you need.
[b]Distance Requirement[/b] When it comes to a propane tank installation, the rule of thumb is that it should be placed greater than ten feet from anything else. Of course, this will be dependant on the size of the tank you have. Clearly, there is no reason to have the propane tank that you use for grilling to be more than ten feet from everything. The only thing that you need to remember for your grill is that it needs to be far enough from flammable things so as to not have the heat coming off the unit accidentally set something on fire. That being said, when you are installing your tank, you need to make certain that it is nowhere near playgrounds (or anywhere else children may be playing), parking lots, railroad tracks (duh), or any flammable materials.
[b]Point of Transfer Distance[/b] You cannot talk about the placement of the tank without talking about the point of transfer as well. This is the point where the ventilation sits and where the connections to fill the tank are housed. You want to make sure that these points are well protected and cannot come unintentionally contacted. This should be reserved for someone that knows what they are doing. You need to make sure that it is also taken into account.
[b]Relief Valve Distance[/b] The last thing that we need to discuss is the distance of the relief valve. With every pressurized tank, it is extremely important that you have a relief valve. Generally, this is found on the unit, but in cases that it is not, it needs to be a safe distance from flames. The reason is that if the take has too much pressure it is going to let off a little bit of that pressure. Should it be near a flame, it could cause some trouble. So, make sure that the relief valve is a safe distance from your home.
[b]Conclusion[/b] Tank distances can vary by municipality. If you want the rules on how far, you can contact us at Bottini Fuel or call your municipality. We both have the answer for you and would be more than happy to provide you with a consultation. Take the time to do the job right so there is not an accident later on.


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