Originally Posted by Carlos Schaefer
I bought a Sabre 38 1983 Sailboat two years GO, moored NOW in Sarasota, equipped with a LNG oven and the tank is to be refilled soon. Can not find where to take the tank to refill it with LNG (or CNG). Anyone knows where to go for a refill and certainly for an tank inspection ???
When we first arrived in the Sarasota area, in '92, with our (then) '76 Cal 2-29 from California, we were fitted for CNG which I preferred for it's safety. Unfortunately, however, obtaining refills was very problematic, even then, and a near impossibility if we happened to run out while on a cruise (one had to watch the pressure gage very carefully which was--literally-a pain in the neck). On our current yacht we are fitted with Propane and while not a "safe-gas", with care, and fitted with sniffers, it is quite suitable for our needs. And, of course, far easier to refuel.
Fortunately, changing a CNG stove to Propane only requires changing the gas jets to ones with smaller orifices (as propane has more heat energy than CNG per unit volume). Somewhat more problematic is installing an air-tight gas cylinder compartment that drains overboard and installing a solenoid valve/sniffer system. While one can do that for oneself, it is wiser to employ a knowledgeable professional experienced in gas systems for ones safety and peace of mind. Fortunately, the change-over will not be that costly and will certainly pay for itself in reasonably short order.
On the other hand, if you really want to stay with CNG, you might consider adding a mounting station for a Sea Swing stove powered with disposable Camping Gas cylinders as an emergency stand-by (so you can make coffee and heat cans of Dinty Moore while you figure out where the nearest CNG station is!).