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Be smart with propane. I wasn't

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by melbo, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Had to run my daughter around tonight. In between stops I had lit the small grill to cook some chicken for my wife. Around 15 minutes had gone by and I walked out to check the temp. Cold.

    I figured I was out of gas and went through the process of change out. Hooked up the new bottle and turned it on. You know that they always say to light a gas grill with the lid open.... I had no idea that the wind had blown out the flame and the entire grill was full of gas.

    Was 6 inches away with a bic in hand when I saw the flash and then heard the pop. 15 minutes of a propane bottle on high can make a large boom in an enclosed space. I smelled the burn and saw traces of flame on my cotton shirt.

    Walked in the house as my wife was running to the door thinking a tree had fallen on the house. yikes. I have to shave my forearms tomorrow as the little burnt balls of hair won't come off. I have no eyelashes on my right eye and that eyebrow is a little screwed up as well.

    I'm a safety guy and this one kicked my ass. think twice before you put flame to a source of gas. The grill was upside down when I walked back out to check it. The grate was blown about 15 ft away. hehe. fire
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Glad you're ok....... gonna need a pic of that eyebrow :)
  3. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey


    Glad you're o.k..... I'm always paranoid with fire... heh heh heh... me and my fires....

    Make sure your eyes are ok.... if you start having headaches or nausea... see a doctor... put something cold on your eyes if you saw the flash... grate some potatoes and put the cool mash on your eyes to draw the heat out....

    Take Care buddy.... don't wanna end up like this... [lolol][boozingbuddies]

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  4. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Care to repeat so you can get it on video [lolol]

    15 ft. away with the grille, good launch. Didn't you have another incident with propane? You better watch it, you don't have many lives left [booze]

    ETA: glad you're alright
  5. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Damn! Be careful out there!

    I want pics too. [beer]
  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    You must be a spook to have knowledge of that. taser1
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I'm very glad you're okay.

    Good warning for all to heed.
  8. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Nah...we already knew you were bald and put 2+2 together....... :D

    Glad you're OK....got you hearing back yet ?
  9. hartage

    hartage Monkey+++

    Heh, good thing I learned my propane lessons young. Propane powered potato launcher. Even less space than your grill but boy propane can pack a wallop.

    Glad you lost only some hair and little else.
  10. mage2

    mage2 Monkey+++

    I still have my propane powered spud cannon, and trashbags full of the stuff looks perdy too. Glad you are ok though. Im always paranoid when around something invisible and flammable.
  11. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I wonder what would happen if you filled a compressed CO2 pellet gun canister with compressed propane, put a wick in it, and lit it? I wonder if it would work that same as the gunpowder filled one that annihilated a 5 gallon steel pail and left a hole in the ground. Send more cops!
  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    M I'm glad your OK.
    Colt I believe you might be referring to me and couple of years ago.
    I had a gas furnace blow a fire ball in my face severe enough to make flesh fall off of my nose tip.
  13. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    IIRC, melbo shot at a propane cylinder and had it come back at him, sound familiar.
  14. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    I almost did that last week, the bottle I've got won't turn on sometimes and then it does. So you you have the burn't match look eh? Hair grows back, glad you are ok. Like the Pella window commercial! Propane bottles in house fires are serious!
  15. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Yea now that you said that..... IMHO melbo needs to stay away from Propane
  16. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Jesus, you shoulda' called a propane professional...(somebody dealing in "propayne and propayne accessories"...)
    Glad it was only fur you lost.
    dsc satelites pickup the launch as an irbm??? You coulda caused wwIII
  17. sheen_estevez

    sheen_estevez Monkey+++

    Glad you're OK

    all I can say is been there

  18. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I wonder if he should be trusted with a Bic. Maybe Bear will send him a striker and some char cloth. [booze]

    (Still delighted that sight didn't go with the fur.) [beer]
  19. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Not sure if we should trust melbo with fire anymore.... My strikers might still be too dangerous.... [beat]
    I'll make up a bow and drill.... er... um.... nah.... [booze]
    maybe a fire plough.... on second thought...[boozingbuddies]
    Let someone else start to grill from now on...[lolol]
  20. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Ouch! Maybe a pic for a new avatar? Might be scary like that previous avatar of the dog with the needle.
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