Inspired by my relative I want to start sleeping outside. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to just set up on my screened porch. I may not be on the ground, but I'll get plenty of fresh air. I will also avoid having to do a tick check with a flashlight in a tent (we're a big lyme disease area). On the other hand, I may breath a little propane as well. The porch sits above two propane tanks.
When you put your nose right up to the tank you can smell a little of the propane (actually the ethyl mercaptan that they add for odor) so there must be at least a tiny amount leaking out. I cannot smell anything either standing a few feet away from the tanks, or up on the porch, but there must be a small amount in the air.
What risk do these levels of propane (for 8-9 hours/day) pose?
I see my options as:
- Indoors (convenient, but BORING, stuffy)
- On the porch (fresh air, convenient, no ticks, but possibly small amounts of propane)
- In a tent (fresh air, on the ground, but inconvenient, annoying tick checks, and either wear and tear on my nice tent, or the cost of a new tent.
Which would you choose? Why?