The issue of copper for natural gas came up recently, where a poster
indicated that, according to his city code, a certain **
of copper was
OK. I was not able to find out what that copper was, but then I'm no google
What I did find some consensus on was the issue of H2S concentration in the
gas and copper compatitbility:
Copper is quite OK (apparently any type) IF the concentration of H2S is
less than 0.7 grains per 100 cu ft or 0.7 mg per 100 liters (
http://dallascityhall.org/pdf/Building/CopperFuelGasSystems.pdf ) . I think
it was this link that indicated that providers are *supposed to*
"clean gas" with h2s less than this.
I surmised that part of the problem is that a lot of natural gas *aleady*
has boucou h2s in it, and the problem is getting rid of it. It's called
"sour gas" if the concentration of h2s is high enough.
One guy in http://www.nachi.org/forum/f22/copper-gas-pipe-18350/ talks
about copper for gas being fine after 100+ years of use, that he knows of
first hand. The discussion in general shows the disparity of views, with
some people thinking copper is preferable to black pipe in some regards.
Another less sophisticated discussion is on
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid 081021200400AAVuMX0 .
The copper peeple certainly endorse copper's use:
http://www.copper.org/applications/fuelgas/ , and specifically talk about K
and L copper tubing.
I may have found an original copper gas line in my 1920's house, altho I
have to verify that this line is indeed carrying gas -- my only hint so far
is that it is by itself, as opposed to hot/cold water pairs. I guess I'll
put a stethoscope on it or sumpn, to try to sleuth this out.
The Q is then: how diligent is the typical supplier about providing clean
Another interesting thing is that you can buy natural gas detectors -- not
too expensive, < $100 iirc.
These, in conjunction with a solenoid main gas valve, should provide pretty
foolproof protection for any type of gas delivery system. I'm thinking of
getting one of these, altho a 2" solenoid gas valve (2" to and from my
meter) will likely break the bank.
I should proly think about downsizing this -- 1" should more than suffice, I
Also, getting a solenoid gas valve to *work*
with a detector, or buying a
turnkey system, proly isn't so cheap, regardless of the pipe size.