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Thanks. It sounds like the bilge near the stove is the ideal place.
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You can get strong odors called the "heavy ends" when you are near the end of a cylinder. You have a concentration of mercapten and other contaminates like moisture dirt etc. which you will smell in combustion. Were you at the end of a cylinder?
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After much reflection (and smelling and second opinions) we don't think it is raw propane we're smelling. It's got a very similar smell, but is a bit sweeter. We're almost out on the tank, so perhaps bushrat's idea is correct.
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It would still be wise to check the system for leaks. Of course, if you're pretty sure it is the end of the tank causing the odor, you could try operating the stove from a full tank. If you don't get the smell with a full tank, it is probably the end-of-the-tank issue that bushrat mentioned.

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After much reflection (and smelling and second opinions) we don't think it is raw propane we're smelling. It's got a very similar smell, but is a bit sweeter. We're almost out on the tank, so perhaps bushrat's idea is correct.
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We'll still be doing the trace.. better safe than sorry...
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