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Default Gas bottle mounting angles

On Thu, 20 Mar 2008 09:04:07 -0800, "SteveB"

I guess my question is mostly about oxygen bottles. IIRC, propane,
acetylene and CO2 are all liquid inside the bottle and have to be mounted
vertically. OR, could they be mounted at a 45, particularly an acetylene?

My trailer has an O2 and an acetylene mounted vertically. They both were
mounted with plate that is about 3/4" thick, and came from some salvaged
use. They look like crap, and were gorilla welded on. But I don't like
their high profile. The O2 is a full sized tall tank, and the acetylene is
stubby, about waist high, but not the fat round one. If I stay with
propane, I'll use the shorter tanks anyway, or go with a stubby fat one that
won't stand that high anyway. But the O2 just sticks up there way high, and
I don't like the leverage it has that way in sudden maneuver driving

I believe that I could mount the O2 horizontally, and it wouldn't matter.
Is that correct? I don't use a CO2 on the rig, but down the line, who
knows. I do have an acetylene bottle there, but may go to propane. Would
the acetylene be okay mounted at a 45?


Check with a dealer. There may be DOT regulations about transporting
pressurized cylinders greater than a certain size in any position
other than vertical. It has to do with safety rather than function.

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