9 Critical Propane Safety Tips

Avoid potentially volatile situations by understanding the gas and frequent checks

Farrier Takeaways

  • Propane will seek the lowest area it can and accumulate there, creating a danger for combustion.
  • Although the ignition temperature is 920 to 1,020 degrees Fahrenheit, flash fires can happen when a heat source is greater than 900 degrees.
  • Soapy water that’s sprayed on hoses and fittings will help you detect leaks.
  • Do not try to repair or patch a hose with the use of tape. Duct, electrical or clear packing tape does not meet the 300 psi rating required to contain gas.

Gas forges are commonplace in today’s farrier rigs. We use them so often that it’s easy to become complacent and operate on autopilot.

A recent incident in which a farrier was seriously burned while refilling his propane tank serves as a stark safety reminder to all farriers and blacksmiths who carry a gas forge and propane tank in a vehicle.

“The man had been shoeing horses in the morning and had stopped … to refill a large propane tank mounted under the canopy,” according to the Salmon Arm (British Columbia) Observer. “He was disconnecting the filling line from the propane tank, which was close to a
small forge.”

Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas — or LPG — that is compressed and stored as a liquid. It’s primarily a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, although some is produced from the refinement of crude oil.

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Bob schantz

Bob Schantz

Bob Schantz, CJF, developed, patented and manufactured an atmospheric propane forge. He is owner of Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop in Foristell, Mo., and is a 2004 inductee of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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