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Re: Galley Oven
I'm not propane-phobic. It simply doesn't cause many fires or explosions, as it requires a fairly narrow range of gas-air mix to ignite. Pure propane won't burn, neither will heavily dilluted. Ever have trouble lighting your BBQ?
However, I would never leave a propane bottle in the cabin. A leak will settle in the bilge and then has no where to vent. There are ignition sources and the gas may just wait and wait until that perfect mix is made. No good.
The bottle should be outside. When we're done cooking, we hit the breaker for the solenoid and watch the flame go out before closing the handle. This way we know the solenoid works. We don't always go shut the tank off, as we now know the solenoid is closed and the fail is to remain closed so a hose leak can't fill the boat.
I have zero concern over using the portable tanks outdoors, which is what that oven seems to be designed for. Way too much dillution for it to ever be a real concern.
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