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kellysails 02-19-2013 04:23 PM

Storing spare propane tank
 
My propane locker only has space for a single propane tank. There is storage room in another locker that is vented that I could use to store a spare tank. But I have other plans for that space. Can I store a spare propane tank in the cabin? There are a couple of places inside that are very secure but I am not sure if that is wise.

johnnyquest37 02-19-2013 04:46 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Not wise.

rwlpatrick 02-19-2013 04:53 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
No please dont store it inside. They have a relife valve built into them and if it gets warm the propane will expand (propane expands 15 times more than water) and will cause the relive to open and let propane into the cabin in large amounts. You may even have liquid come out that expands 270 times to 1.

Faster 02-19-2013 05:02 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
A real propane cylinder or a 'green' campstove bottle? While neither should be stored below, the latter can be more dangerous.

We made racks that held the cylinders to the rail at the transom - out of the way and utterly vented!

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c.../cockpit-1.jpg

kellysails 02-19-2013 05:07 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 992335)
A real propane cylinder or a 'green' campstove bottle? While neither should be stored below, the latter can be more dangerous.

We made racks that held the cylinders to the rail at the transom - out of the way and utterly vented!

answer: A real propane cylinder

OK, looks like my vented locker will now be designated for the spare propane tank.

Thank you for all your answers!

PorFin 02-19-2013 05:44 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Kelly,

When you say vented, what exactly do you mean? Is the vent at the top or the bottom of the locker?

kellysails 02-19-2013 05:49 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PorFin (Post 992358)
Kelly,

When you say vented, what exactly do you mean? Is the vent at the top or the bottom of the locker?

There is a drain at the bottom of the locker that vents out through transom. Also there is significant open air passage slot, about 2" x 36" opening. It was designed as a "wet" locker. Aluminum tanks will be required. Thankfully the original is aluminum so I only have to buy one.

rhr1956 02-19-2013 05:55 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
I've never seen a propane tank located inside any kind of a building. I think there is a reason you always see them outdoors. Even a gas grill has all kinds of vent holes punched through the sheet metal...so no vapors can get concentrated in a confined space.

Faster 02-19-2013 06:02 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kellysails (Post 992360)
There is a drain at the bottom of the locker that vents out through transom. Also there is significant open air passage slot, about 2" x 36" opening. It was designed as a "wet" locker. Aluminum tanks will be required. Thankfully the original is aluminum so I only have to buy one.

The new composite(F/G) tanks are the treat.. absolutely corrosion proof, and lightweight... esp when packing up a hill to a refill depot...

kellysails 02-19-2013 06:04 PM

Re: Storing spare propane tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 992367)
The new composite(F/G) tanks are the treat.. absolutely corrosion proof, and lightweight... esp when packing up a hill to a refill depot...

DOT certified? Interesting, do you have a link to a manufacturer?


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