Welding gas options...

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by Stevenl, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. kojack

    kojack New Member

    I am on a contract for 60 bucks with Napa. Use as much as I want for 60 bucks a year. I am guessing most don't use 60 dollars worth a year! ha ha.
     
  2. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Were you able to find out anything with Praxair? I have a few little things to finish off on the CB and wouldn't mind some gas but if I can't find any option cheap enough I'll just stick with the flux core to finish them off.
     
  3. Stevenl

    Stevenl Member

    Don't have the info in front of me at the moment, so I will edit this post when I do...:)

    I spoke with both Praxair and Air Liquide. Both had options that were fairly similar.

    I "believe" Praxair had a deal where you could get a 3-year lease for 100 bucks with 100 dollar charge for refills. They had two different size cylinders available at the same price (interesting)

    Air Liquide had a deal where you bought a pre-filled cylinder for 200 dollars. When it is empty, you return it and you get another for 100 dollars.

    The issue is, I wasn't able to get a comparison of the size of the cylinders as both companies used a different name for them.

    For me personally, I would likely go the Air Liquide route as there is no Praxair around here.

    Hope that helps a little!
     
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  4. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Yes, that's a great help, thank you very much for doing all this leg work. Good to know there are some options out there for the hobbyists.
     
  5. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Another thing to consider is the house insurance. If I recall correctly, I don’t think you are allowed to store a propane cylinder in an attached garage. So quite possible you cannot store mig gas.

    Now that I think about it, I think my insurance made a note on my policy about my welder in my deattached garage.

    Anyway, maybe worth checking into to be on the safe side.
     
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Shouldn't be an issue for mig gas. The concern with propane (and acetylene) is that they are flammable and denser than air. They can find a low spot and build up if there is a leak - BOOM! Significant explosion hazard.
    They may have made a note about your welder because a lot of fires are started with sparks from welding hitting flammable materials (assume you are talking about electric welder?).
     
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member


    Good point about the flammable gas part. Still wouldn’t hurt to inquire about the welder being used in an attached garage. I think the insurance looks at an attached garage for storage and vehicle storage and not meant for working on your car.
     
  8. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    Then I guess I shouldn't tell my Ins Company that I have two spare 20 pounders of propane in the basement. I should make an attempt the next time I'm home to get them outside in the shed or somewhere else. I didn't really think about what would happen if they leaked (took for granted they wouldn't). Especially considering I have a combination oil / wood furnace in the house as well.

    Thanks for the tip!
     

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