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Re: Naw, it wont blow up!

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Posted by Ultradog MN on April 10, 2011 at 03:28:30 from (

In Reply to: Naw, it wont blow up! posted by Ultradog MN on April 08, 2011 at 11:04:07:

A couple of thoughts here.
Ever use gas to set a brush pile on fire? Pour some gas on the pile and then pour a "fuse" on the ground and light it? All you have to do is throw a match to the fuse and KA-WHOOM the whole bunch of gas is burning instantly. To light a brush pile using diesel you have to take a torch made out of rolled newspaper and apply the flame directly to the pile.
Or, we all know what happens if you throw a lit match into a small pan of gas. You can not get a similar pan of diesel to light in a similar way.
I don't know the technicalities of LELs and all that but I do know that gas will blow up much easier than diesel will.

2Fordsmike, you are giving examples of GAS tanks blowing up. I agree with you about using extreme caution when soldering GAS tanks. This was a DIESEL tank - see above.

36 Coupe, you would be hard pressed to get enough heat from a soldering copper or electric soldering torch to get one of these bungs off. I do have an old soldering copper and they work great for soldering pin holes in a thin sheet metal fuel tank but could not apply enough heat to effectively solder this bung.
I could have stuck the mig welder into this tank and filled it with CO2. I would have if it had been a GAS tank. Plus would have used other safety measures as well.


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