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Any thoughts on plumbing gas line?

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Ready to line the interior with paneling, so I'm at the stage in construction where I have to start thinking about the gas line. Anyone have any thoughts on where to run it? Inside the house down low near the floor? Outside, under the frame, on the side? Hard copper and solder all the elbows, ect.. Or soft copper and bend the turns? I'm using a free standing strikemaster vented heater that will be about in the center, along one wall of the long side. Any thoughts or tips are greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

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Hmmm... this topic will be of interest to me in about a month when my heater goes in.

Hope some good ideas pop up here.

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Go with soft copper tubing it is the easiest to work with and the easiest to repair.Run your line outside and up high on the house to aviod hang ups and tee off or run straight down to your heater gas lights etc.

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Soft copper is definetly the way to go for a project like this. Minimal tools are needed. A flaring tool, tubing cutter and a couple of wrenches. If you were to use hard copper and fittings you would have to braze them with silver solder not soft solder. This takes a bit more skill, patience and time.
Don't use teflon tape on any threaded fittings. Just pipe dope. No need to put dope on any flares, either. Don't let the shmucks at Menards sell you compression fittings. They tend to leak and are against code to use on gas. Also, buy type "L" copper. It's thicker than "M". This makes it more durable. Like rmh2o said, run it high. Less likely to get dinged. Good luck.

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The heater is in the middle of a 12' side of the house. So about 6' from the front, then over about 3' to the tanks mounted on the hitch. Aprox. 9' give or take.
My original thought was to run it down low and to rip a groove in a 1x2 to cover it like a guard. But yet be able to take it loose for repairs. But I like the idea of it being up and out of the way better. Thanks! Keep those ideas coming.

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Your idea is like my house..
Has a oak (base cove) floor board thats routed out in the back to encase the gas line.
Line is safe and you cant see it at all

My friends house has his line on the wall/ floor and black plastic electrical conduit over it and secured with those loop clamps. Looks very nice as well!!

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I also forgot to mention my Dad had a house with the line "under" the house in aluminum conduit centered under the floor. It runs through his frame supports from tanks in front to the furnace in the rear.

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It might cost a little more but I'd go somewhere and have them make up rubber gas lines with flare fittings crimped right on the ends. Figure out your lengths get your tees and just put them together. Might want to run copper to your stove if your worried about the heat.

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If you are only going 6 ft I would go with black pipe painted with an anti rust enamel and then braided high pressure flex pipe to the heater and to the tank.

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This is a somewhat related question: I will be installing a small propane heater, something like the strikemaster lazer. It will be situated in a corner of the fish house. Can someone suggest what I need to put behind the heater to insulate the paneling and to also reflect heat back in the house. A sheet of galvanized is one suggestion, but I would think that there should be some sort of insulating material between the sheet metal and the plywood paneled wall. Any suggestions? Thanks

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duck2,

When you mount the galvanized sheet to the wall, use some small strips of wood as spacer's so there's about a 1/2-3/4" space between the metal and your paneling.

Ole

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If you can find those porcelin electric fence insulaters, they work perfect for installing a heat barrier in the house. Ron

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Ole and Ronsay,
Thanks for your replies. I have been looking for an excuse to make another trip to Fleet and Farm. Now I have it.

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Do NOT use rubber lines as someone stated above. 3/8 (O.D.)soft copper will be sufficient

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Chad711

I was the one who said to use rubber gas line. I was just wondering why I should NOT use it. That is what I have in my house. Is there some safty hazzard I should know about?

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psegriz:
Have always used "propane" adequate rubber hose from gas dealers over the years. Any type of supply line should be installed away from traffic areas and secured to a wall or floor board any way.

We have a old 5 X 8 we use for a spotter house and it has a 8' rubber line we run through a wall groumet from the heater to the tank outside. Five foot is inside the house which we put some pipe insulation over the hose and thre foot exposed outside.

I can't think of any safety issues with proper hose and installation or correct route methods !!

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Every LP gas person I have ever talked to strongly recommended not going with rubber hoses in a fish house. They are too easy to puncture in that environment.

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Redlantern hit the nail on the head with every bit of his advice. Keep your line out of harms way, use soft copper, flare fittings, and do not use compression fittings. Stay away from the rubber hose.

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