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Old 10-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Have a small 50 gallon propane tank for my gas range.
Ready to hookup my generator wiring. Does anyone know if there are required distances for the outlet the generator will plug into, from the propane tank? It's a portable generator. Called my local building inspector, but he's out this week.

Just curious if anyone has heard what the acceptable distances might be.

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I doubt there are any rules on this, but if there are, they would not be in the electrical code. The rule would be in the general building code, plumbing code, or fuel gas code.

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When the LP line and regulator were set up on my house the heating contractor said the regulator had to be so far from things because the regulator does vent. I don't know what the code is but we put it on the side away from everything.
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I doubt there are any rules on this, but if there are, they would not be in the electrical code. The rule would be in the general building code, plumbing code, or fuel gas code.


Most bottled gas companies want a minimum of 10' clearance to anything electric or ignition source.
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while i see why you posted it in the electrical forum, somebody that deals with gasses would know more about it
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The electrical code is pretty ambiguous here; the closest thing I could come up with is the propane tank could be considered a bulk storage plant. If so, it would be a class 1 division 2 location.

Table 515.3 basically states that the area more than 10' from any part of the tank (including upward from the top) is not classified.

I believe if you stay more than 10' away from it, you'd be good.

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P.S. If you really want to be confused, just read articles 500 through 516!!

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It will be under Fuel Gaz code and it have to be 10 feet away from the regulatour or tank avce regulatour.

Due the LP gaz is hevier than air so that one reason why they keep that distance.

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