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No more acetylene

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 54FISH, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. 54FISH
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 222


    at work today , we were informed there is no more acetylene being made , something about the plant blowing up & once the suppilers run out , thats it ,no more acetylene .theres is only 2 places that make it we were told . we were told we will be swithching to propalene for torching (not sure if it's true) . Anyone hear about this ???
  2. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    Propylene or methylene?...acetylene is dangerous and dirty shit to work with anyway...but it's effective...I doubt there's only 2 acetylene producers in the world, but you never know I guess...
  3. hemibird43
    Joined: May 3, 2009
    Posts: 79


    ok lets get this out, there will always be acetylene made, i have worked in a plant that manufactures it for over 70 years, it will never go away,never, who ever told you that, well they just dont know, check out b.o.c gasses, air liquide, air gas, praxair,. where i worked we made 2.5 million cubic feet of acetylene each month.
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,791


  5. DocsMachine
    Joined: Feb 8, 2005
    Posts: 279

    from Alaska

    Acetylene can be produced by any oil refinery that has a catalytic cracker- which, these days, is most of them. It's basically a byproduct of processes they're doing anyway to break the heavier oils and tars down into the more valuable light fractions like diesel and gasoline.

    So basically as long as the refineries are still making gas, they're making acetylene.

    Now, what your "source" might be thinking of is helium. That, we are coming dangerously close to running out of, and unlike acetylene, we can't "make" more.

  6. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


    theres a guy just down the road here who makes acetylene and fills bottles, i guess he must be using calcium carbide with water.
  7. hemibird43
    Joined: May 3, 2009
    Posts: 79


    do you know what an air seperation plant does, acetylene is made of calcium carbide, and water, try to produce it below 19degrees and you will have a product that is more unstable than nitro gliserin, i laugh when i hear some say we are burning our ozone, you know what every electric motor produces (ozone) and there is alot of electric motors out there. just saying.
  8. caseyscustoms
    Joined: May 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,031

    from st.joe, MO

    damn you mean i cant make that cool ass voice at parties anymore?
  9. havi
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,875


    The Earth has found a way to keep going for millions of years. There's no reason to be freaking out that the world will come to an end in a couple years, or that we will have destroyed the Earth due to not "going green", so on so forth. The same can be said about acetylene. It'll be around regardless of the doomsday sayers. But what do I know.
  10. Acetylene costs money, people are always trying to push a
    lower priced alternative, like Mapp Gas, now Propalene ?

    But Acetylene is the best option so far.
  11. havi
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,875


  12. hemibird43
    Joined: May 3, 2009
    Posts: 79


    i agree 100% like i said before i made the stuff for 20years, nothing better for the buck !!
  13. junior 1957
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 217

    junior 1957

    when i was in high school, i worked part time at an old machine shop. the first summer i helped the owner refubish an acetylene generator, calcium carbide in the top, water in the bottom. it was adjustable to allow the gas to be "created" as needed.
  14. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    My cat just made methane... dammmmnnnn!
  15. You've worked there 70 years:eek:! Dang, you must be gettin' some age on you.
  16. hotrodwelder
    Joined: Sep 20, 2008
    Posts: 138


    I work for a company that we generate acetylene and we have the only plant i know of in Idaho. I know calcium carbide is expensive and hard to get but, acetylene is an easy make. Helium is getting costly and hard to get due to it's availibility. maybe someone has there info mixed up.??
  17. BarryA
    Joined: Apr 22, 2007
    Posts: 643


    We're not going to destroy the earth, but we may well wipe ourselves out!!
    This old rock ain't going anywhere though, and I don't think acetylene is either - pretty basic stuff as most have said.
  18. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,917

    from Rome NY

    Yeah, my supplier told me about the plant explosion yesterday. We shall just have to wait and see...
  19. Is it time for this thread again? Has it been 6 months?
  20. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


  21. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,408


    Not every electric motor produces ozone, only those with brushes do.
  22. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Damn, and we almost made it to May 21st. Just a little bit short.
  23. Chuckles Garage
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,366

    Chuckles Garage
    Alliance Vendor

    The sky is falling the sky is falling!!!
  24. AllenK
    Joined: Dec 12, 2010
    Posts: 220


    NO! No! What will we do??

    I almost woke my wife up laughing at that comment!
  25. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 980

    Ice man

    When I lived in New Brighton, Pa, yrs ago they had a small welding supply shop and they msde they own acetylene gas right on sight.Basic ingreditant is carbite. Just a small simply shop but very effective. Don't let the scare bares get to you. Iceman
  26. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,363


    Like a lot of other stuff we use, the supply of acetylene is a regional thing. While it may be a bit hard to get in that area of the country where the plant explosion was (was that lately????) other regions of the country won't have an issue with it. I was at the welding supply store buying fittings to hook up my new to me torch today and the guy there didn't mention anything about a shortage.
  27. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    I thought that helium was produced mostly as a by product from natural gas, from which I last read that we have about a 80 year supply of known reserves. So I am curious as to why we are running out or it is getting scarce .......I'm always open for an education
  28. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    I have been fixing photocopiers for 24 yrs now...they produce lots of ozone as well, from the electric motors and the copy process itself lol !
  29. coupster
    Joined: May 9, 2006
    Posts: 860

    from Oscoda Mi

    Air gas of Michigan raised our prices yesterday. A 122 bottle that cost $42 to exchange last week now costs $115. I use propane to cut with, so it won't hurt me to bad.
  30. Lucky3
    Joined: Dec 9, 2009
    Posts: 652

    Member in the midwest, a large number of welding shops make their own acetylene w/calcium carbide pellets and water. Very common.

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