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Re: Propane valve
I agree with all comments about solenoids, ABYC no breaks in the line, long run to valve in propane locker, etc.
However, I've never really understood why having a very accessible shut off valve nearby, in addition to the solenoid switch is a bad thing. I acknowledge it is considered so. In the back of a hanging locker is bad, I agree. You would never be able to see its condition. However, a stable mounted, sturdy, over engineered, etc, valve must be available that would not run the risk of leaking. Pipes are connected all the time in your house.
On our boat, there must be 20+ feet of hose from the solenoid to the burner. Maybe more given all the turns and it will burn for a few seconds after hitting the switch. It would seem preferable to drop a lever right there, then get over to the solenoid switch. That lever would have to be in the open, not in a locker.
I understand the ABYC prohibition, I am questioning why it is so.
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