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Used Flammable Cabinets- Save $$$ and Comply with Code

A fire could rage through your facility in literally seconds, leaving nothing to spare. This is just one of the reasons why it is extremely important to keep flammable/toxic chemicals and other corrosives in a safe place. Flammable storage cabinets have become more and more popular as they allow for the safe storage of these chemicals without risk of them catching fire.


Flammable storage cabinets have many safety features, including air vents, spill-proof doors sills, warning signs, self-closing doors, and more. All flammable storage cabinets sold by American Surplus exceed the NFPA Flammable Liquid Storage Code #30 and OSHA standard 1910.106 for storage class I, II, and III liquids.


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As stated above, most flammable storage cabinets feature the ability to ventilate via air bungs that are typically capped. Venting a storage cabinet is actually not required or even recommended. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) states “Venting storage cabinets has not been demonstrated to be necessary for fire protection purposes. Additionally, venting a cabinet could compromise the ability to adequately protect its contents from involvement in a fire since cabinets are not generally tested with venting. Therefore, venting a storage cabinet is not recommended.”


So why do they even have vents if it compromises the flammable cabinet’s ability to work? Some local authorities (like AHJ – Authorities Having Jurisdiction – which supersede NFPA guidelines) require venting. Contact your local fire marshal to determine if venting is required in your location due to local regulations. You may also need to contact an Environmental Health and Safety Officer to determine if the facility has internal requirements pertaining to ventilation and storage.


If you have to vent my storage cabinet, how should you do it? Follow these basic guidelines for how to properly vent a storage cabinet, but also seek out guidelines from the AHJ for more specific local instructions.


  • Remove metal bungs or plugs from both sides of the cabinet and place the flame arrester screens in the openings
  • Use rigid metal tubing for the exhaust and intake bungs
  • Metal tubing from the exhaust and intake must go directly outside
  • Connect exhaust tubing to an exhaust fan
  • Fan must be constructed of non-sparking blades and shrouds


Having trouble with internal vapors, but you aren’t required to ventilate your storage cabinet? Here are some other tips to lower vapor emissions without having to vent your flammable storage cabinet:


  • Make sure the cabinet is in a cool, dry location with consistent temperature that isn’t exposed to direct sunlight
  • Properly ventilate the room or area the flammable cabinet is in
  • Keep an up to date inventory of current chemicals so that incompatible chemicals do not get stored together, and dispose of expired chemicals
  • Inspect the area around the cabinets and inside for possible leaks or spills, loose bungs, etc.


More and more local governments and companies are requiring the use of flammable storage cabinets to store hazardous chemicals within their facility. Call American Surplus today, our sales team would be happy to help you!



Your Guide to Investing in Used Material Handling Equipment

When researching & purchasing used material handling equipment, there are many factors to consider. Used Warehouse Equipment can save you a lot of money, but if you are not careful, it could be a mistake. There are a lot of dealers out there, so make sure you do your research and deal with the professionals. It is key to establish a relationship with a business that has long term success and has keep customers coming back for years. American Surplus prides itself in establishing long term, mutually beneficial relationships with our customers. Our goal is to not only provide quality, affordable products, but to deliver long term storage and warehouse solutions to help your business grow and succeed. With over 25 years of experience, our team is here to help you.



One thing we do to make our customers comfortable before purchasing is we provide the ability to see what you are buying before you get it. One advantage American Surplus has is its enormous 500,000 sq. foot facility full of inventory. Our sales team can provide pictures of the product they are quoting so you can see what you will be getting before it shows up at your door. If you are in the area, you are more than welcome to come check out the facility and products in person at any time!



Used Material Handling Equipment can offer huge savings, and if you are in a time crunch, we can often get you the order much quick than new from the factory. Steel is steel, when buying quality used equipment  you can be assured durable product for years to come. We understand how busy your schedule can be when growing a business, but if you take the time to establish a relationship with American Surplus, we can be another asset to your company as you grow and move forward.

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What’s New at American Surplus This Summer?

American Surplus is having a great year so far & we are looking forward to the second half.


A couple weeks ago we had one of our employee appreciation events at the Paw Sox Game and it was a huge success. Great people, great food, and great baseball! Next week we have our first summer barbecue of the year. We’ll be hosting a Texas Style BBQ with all of our employees for lunch.


A special congratulations to one of our great salesman, Andy Gauvin, is due. He has just wrapped up the largest project American Surplus has encountered to date. The project featured multiple used pick modules with a vast variety of the products we sell, including used shelving and used pallet rack. After over 7 months of hard work, the job is complete!


A new website design is underway, we’re planning on a launch date of January 1, 2017. We are striving to make our site easier for you to navigate and request a quote. Improving the customer experience and making your purchases and inquiries as seamless as possible is our mission.


Thank you again for choosing American Surplus as your trusted supplier for used & new material handling equipment, we look forward to continue working with you in the future.


Let ASI do the work for you! From Start, To Finish! Nationwide Installations Available

We know how difficult it can be to organize your warehouse. Whether you are a start up or growing/relocating business, we understand your needs. American Surplus has a knowledgeable sales staff & an installation crew that can handle any job. We have our own install crew, with two incredible lead guys. If the job is outside their radius for travel, we have a network of reliable and proven installers to get the job done for you. From the time you request a quote, until the job is complete, American Surplus is there. Featured here is one of our more recent jobs. The team is installing a 8,000 sq. foot used steel mezzanine (two separate modules) for one of our customers. We provided a CAD layout for the used mezzanine and designed the project to fit into their existing warehouse. Check out the incredible work &  impressive used warehouse mezzanine below. Let ASI get to work for YOU!

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Save money by creating office space & storage space at the same time!

Maximizing your warehouse space is a tricky task. As a warehouse manager you want to be able to store as much product as you can in the smallest amount of space. At the same time, you want to store your products efficiently. If you have an office inside your warehouse that can make things even more difficult. American Surplus specializes in providing warehouse equipment that saves you time, money and space. Two products we offer to make this possible are our Mezzanines & In-Plant Offices.


The best option for an office setup inside your warehouse is an in-plant office. These offices are customizable, modular, and easy to purchase and install. The wall panels come in 4’ x 8’ sheets so you can design your office to fit in the space you have available very easily. American Surplus offers the ability to add doors, windows & lighting as well. While we do not provide electrical outlets, the offices can easily be wired by your local electrician.


Now creativity comes into play. If you have tall ceilings in your warehouse, and have dead space over your In-Plant Office, it may not be as much of a waste as you think. American Surplus utilized a Pre-Owned Steel Mezzanine over it’s In-Plant Office in our warehouse here in East Providence, Rhode Island. We are able to store a lot of product and equipment on top ofthe office by building a mezzanine over the offices.


If you are interested this application of the products we sell you can speak with our sales team for more information and help with your project.


Below you can see how we utilized this application in our own warehouse at American Surplus. On the left, we installed a mezzanine over our main office to store more of our inventory and equipment. Towards the middle we have a second floor office, and all the way right we built another mezzanine to accommodate a large conference room & break room area. Underneath is a travel aisle through the main warehouse. By doing this we double our space while increasing efficiency at the same time.


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American Surplus Warehouse Mezzanine and In-plant Office