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Old 2005-10-03, 12:49am
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Hi guys,

I post a question not so long ago about the propane fume I keep smelling around my house after I use the torch. Right now, I have the exhaust fan up and running nicely. But I still smell the fume a bit.
I dont use the Propane regulator for lampworking, I only use cheap regulator from Canadian Tire. I was going to buy the real regulator when I bought the whole set, but the guy at Nortel told us, there's no need to have the expensive regulator, it doesnt really make a difference. So, of course, any suggestion that will save us money, will be a good suggestion, right?

I wonder if the fume smell is caused by the cheap regulator?

What is the different between using the regulator for lampworking, than the regular regulator? Since the price difference is a lot, I assume there must be something different about it.

But the guy who told me there's no difference between the 2, is a guy from Nortel manufacturer, the place where they make the Minor torch, etc. So, I kinda want to believe him.

I'm asking this question so I can get straight answers, and make up my mind about this propane regulator once and for all. Thank you!
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Old 2005-10-03, 1:32am
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Have you tried checking the regulator and hose clamps, you might want to put some dishwashing detergent on it, and turn on your propane. If your regulator is leeking, you will see bubbles appear right away.

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Old 2005-10-03, 4:50am
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What is a "cheap regulator from Canadian tire"? Is this an air pressure regulator?

If you are using a regulator designed to control the pressure of compressed air, that is the problem. You absolutely HAVE to use a regulator designed for fuel gas. Compressed air regulators do not have the proper materials in the diaphragm to keep the fuel gasses from eating them up, they do not have the proper design to prevent fuel gas from leaking into the general air (compressed air can leak all it wants and doesn't blow up your house).
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Old 2005-10-03, 7:28am
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IF you are using a fuel regulator... Either cheap or expensive it should not leave propane smell in studio UNLESS it is leaking.... How expensive it may cost does have some effect on quality. But inexpensive does not always mean its bad...

I use a $16 (US) fixed propane regulator on fuel/oxy system when I had loaner torch here, and it worked just fine...

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Old 2005-10-03, 12:03pm
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I'm not sure what kind of regulator that I use, my husband got it and set it up for me. I will check with him.

Suzanne, I will try the detergent, thanks!

Thanks guys!
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