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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

Looks great. My next door neighbor did something similar. A 20lb steel propane cylinder fits perfectly in a milk crate. Same idea but yours looks better.

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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

What kind of alcohol stove did you have? When I bought my Tartan 30 I looked into putting in a propane stove and ran into the same issues you have. I decided to "put up" with the PO's Origo for a season and have had very good results with it. Five years later I would not go to propane on a bet.

I don't have an oven so I can't speak to that, but the stove top is simple and more than adaquate.
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What kind of alcohol stove did you have? When I bought my Tartan 30 I looked into putting in a propane stove and ran into the same issues you have. I decided to "put up" with the PO's Origo for a season and have had very good results with it. Five years later I would not go to propane on a bet.

I don't have an oven so I can't speak to that, but the stove top is simple and more than adaquate.
It's a pressurized Shipmate stove and oven. We've used it quite a bit, but it's always tricky and a hassle. We cruised 84 days one summer and it was 'ok', but only just. The burners were strange, and would start to burn out after being on a while. The oven was useless, big hotspot in the middle and not very hot all around. Pumping the tank before each use, then burning a primer cup of fuel, then lighting the hopefully gaseous fuel got old too.

I hear you though. We made the decision and expenditure because we're going to be living/cruising on it soon. We hope to visit many countries and have heard that the alcohol is hard to find and very expensive outside of the US.

So, we're looking forward to easy bleary eyed coffee prep in the mornings and a satisfactory baked pizza here and there. The Seaward range we bought is a beautiful thing... we've tested it in the garage. We'll see how it goes.
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Looks great. My next door neighbor did something similar. A 20lb steel propane cylinder fits perfectly in a milk crate. Same idea but yours looks better.
Thanks MedSailor, I appreciate the encouragement!
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I'd suggest moving the installation inboard of the pulpit and attaching to a stanchion, possibly resting on the gunwale for stability. Mr. Murphy loves anything that can be hit by another vessel, a dock, or some one backing down near your boat. Kinda like transom hung self steering vanes, dinghies on davits, etc.
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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

I moved my manual electronic propane cut-off switch from behind the stove to a more convenient, yet out of the way spot in the companion way.
I figured if I were to have a fire it will more than likely happen at the stove, my only propane appliance.
So in the event of a fire, as I am flying out the companion way toward the tanks main manual valve I can buy myself a few seconds by hitting the solinoid switch while on my way to the tank at the back of the boat.
I also mounted a fire extinguisher in the propane tanks locker so I can fight my way back into the boat and put the fire out.
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I'd suggest moving the installation inboard of the pulpit and attaching to a stanchion, possibly resting on the gunwale for stability. Mr. Murphy loves anything that can be hit by another vessel, a dock, or some one backing down near your boat. Kinda like transom hung self steering vanes, dinghies on davits, etc.

Agree. Dick
Thanks. I like the idea of it out of harm's way. But what about it being essentially in the cockpit then? Wouldn't that have too many potential entryways to the interior? Lockers, pedestal's mount, etc?
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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

On a previous boat we did something similar, made SS tubing 'hoops' that the tanks dropped into at the aft end of the cockpit (attached to the pushpit post). In our case a reverse transom protected them from possibly being 'knocked off' or collided with. Worked well for a lot of years.


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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

Propane tanks which have a bleed screw on the valve, make it far easier to pour propane from one tank to another.
Just hook them up , put the full one on top, upside down, and the empty one on the bottom , open the valves, then open the bleed screw, until liquid starts to squirt out the bleed screw. Then the bottom one is full.

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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

I found this when considering a rail mount. I have seen it, but decided to go a different route. It is very sturdy and low profile, might be worth a look for you. I have no affiliation with the product or vendor.

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