Mostly its a terminology and fittings question that is not clearly googlable.
I have been exploring using bulk gas for my lampworking stuff. I need to purchase a regulator and some adaptors and the welding supply place seems to want twice as much as amazon, so rather than bug the welding supply guys for a bunch of info that does not make a sale…I ask here, and in the future others may benefit from the answers.
The tank has a CGA510 connection. Regulators are clearly available for that tank style. My question is what size are the output connectors on the regulators.
Many of them look very similar, or adapters all appear to use a standard size connection for screwing into a threaded port on the regulator. Is this correct as none of the regulators seem to mention output port specifications but they all mention input. I have seen alot of mentions that various adaptors screw into the regulators are for “MC” type regulators.
I figure short of some pretty dramatic chemical incompatibilities, most sizes of tanks and regulators have adapters available to make them all work together if need be, I just need to make sure if it comes down to it I might need to connect a CGA510 to a small “hothead” style torch with a regulator in between to keep appropriate line pressure.
The hothead torches are designed to run from 1lb disposable cylinders and I am also pondering the possibility of trying to rig up for a refilling station to recharge those to some degree for occasional portable use.
It will be used outdoors under a sunshade area so no worries about a leak turning my garage into a neighborhood flattening thermobaric weapon or anything like that. I have worked in an environment where we refilled oxygen and compressed air tanks regularly so I am familiar with the basic rhyme and reason of compressed gas handling, just lacking some specific terminology.