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How do you BBQ?

In anticipation of the great catches this coming season, I'm wondering how to best grill the fish (or whatever) on the boat. Since there is a gas bottle for the stove already in place in the cockpit, the logical thing would be to use that same gas for the grill (=> no need to go buy coal). How would one connect that grill? Unscrew the valve of the stove and screw on the grill connection? Or are there Y-adapters for that purpose?

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y adapter for propane

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Thanks for the link. If that thing had a valve it'd be perfect. I can only connect it when using, otherwise the hose would be in the way and the gas locker door won't close.
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If you are talking about running a splitter from a 20 LB. tank from you cockpit area to a rail mounted BBQ that could be done. IMO that would mean more lines to get in the way. You could do some drilling and hide the lines, but that would mean more holes and then the possiblility of leaks. I have a Kuuma rail mounted BBQ, works great and I just use the 16 oz screw on cylinder ( which are recylclable). If you do alot of cooking on the BBQ it this is the more exspesive route compared to the 20 lber. One other thing is although I am fairly new to the sailing world, when you say you have your tank setup in the cockpit are you talking in a designated area for propane or is this something someone has setup on thier own
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it's a dedicated gas bottle locker
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I don't like the y-adapter idea, as it seems like a leak opportunity, specifically when not in use. Propane leaks are probably a bigger threat than a thru-hull leak on modern boats. I might consider a separate hose to attach directly to the tank, after spinning off the boat's integrated hose. In the end, I just use the 1lb bottles and screw them into the grill. We BBQ almost every weekend and go through about 6 to 8 per season. Easy, clean and safe.
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I carry two 10# bottles. I have a long rubber propane hose for the grill. The long hose comes out of the locker when we grill and goes back in when we are done. So far it's worked for us.
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If your propane is properly installed in a locker in the cockpit area, with a proper drain located low overboard (propane is heavier than air), etc., it's not hard to install a Y, a valve (to shutoff the feed to the grill), some hose, and one of these (or equivalent for other grill makes):

A10-220 LPG (Propane) Type 3 (Low Output) - For All Marine Kettle Gas Grills and 9" x 18" Rectangular Gas Grills

We routed the hose to a deck plate, but you could just leave the hose in the locker, and open it when you are using the grill (depending on location). Everything, including the extra hose lies in the properly vented propane locker when not in use, thus reducing the risk the new stuff introduces a leak that ends in the bilge. That's not to say you shouldn't make all this stuff tight and check it with soap bubbles, etc.

We put the Y after the solenoid, so I can actually shut the grill off (and the gas lead to the stove below) from inside the boat. Convenient when your below, enjoying dinner, and burning off the drippings.
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.......We put the Y after the solenoid, so I can actually shut the grill off (and the gas lead to the stove below) from inside the boat. Convenient when your below, enjoying dinner, and burning off the drippings.
That's right, however, you also pressure up the entire boat when running your grill, which is one reason I don't like it.
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Minnewaska,

Not true about pressuring up the whole boat. Like Dave on Auspicious we have two bottle lockers for our #20 propane tanks. The tanks connect through a regulator which steps down ther pressure, then through the solenoid / sniffer shutoff into the boat to the stove.

If you have a magma or any other rail mount BBQ the solution is simple. They sell a "T" with a stopcock type valve in it which you screw in ( it has rubber gaskets) between the tank and the regulator in your propoane locker
One part of the "T" continues in the line that you had before so no change. The other is connected to an 8-10 foot pressure hose which has an adaptor on the end which "plugs" into the slot on your propane grill.

To use simply plug into the gril, turn the tank valve on ( we leave ours closed when not using the propane inspite of having a solenoid as a safety feature), tuen the stop **** valve in the "T" to the grill position and light up your grill. Rubber hose coils nicely in the locker where the propane bottle is.

This is an easy way to grill and this is far far safer than carrying those 1# bombs in you boat. And screwing them into the back of the grill.

See links to products below

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|406|301237|322409&id=731142

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|406|301237|322409&id=729561

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|406|552|322400|747131&id=58991

This was an improvement I made last year and it worked great since we rarely use our over/ stove in the summer and prefer to use the grill for almost everything.

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