Propane Use - Page 3 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 23 Old 06-24-2008
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 124
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Tank-to-tank filling?

Originally Posted by donradclife View Post
No problem with refilling the tanks with the old valves this winter in the Caribbean. I also have a hose and a bunch of fittings to refill my tanks by decanting from locally available tanks when they won't fill mine or try to charge me too much.
Do you need to do anything more than connect a hose between the two tanks, invert the full tank and elevate it above the tank being filled? How do you know when the process is complete?

s/v Truthsayer
I33 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 23 Old 06-24-2008
Don Radcliffe
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Posts: 396
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 11
You can speed the process up two ways--

1. Leave the full tank in the sun and cover the tank being filled with wet towels. It usually takes about 3 hours, but you can also leave it overnight.

2. You can vent the tank being filled by opening the vent in the valve with a screwdriver (that is how most of the older filling stations work), but you better not do this in an open field, and not in the marina. If you use this technique, the tank is full when liquid starts coming out of the vent.

You can tell how full a tank is getting by lifting and shaking it, or weighing it if you want to be really accurate. Likewise, a tank is empty when you can;t feel any liquid inside when you shake it.
donradclife is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 23 Old 07-05-2008
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Posts: 317
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Propane usage

Island Breeze has a Force 10 4 burner stove with oven. She carries two tanks. I'm not sure how many pounds, because they're rated in gallons. They're about half again larger than the home barbeque size you can get at Home Depot, the neighborhood convenience store, etc.

Anyway, I lived aboard the boat for 2 1/2 years, cooking almost every day. I only used the oven once--the A/C couldn't keep up with the extra heat in Miami. Besides, the combo microwave-convection oven works better. Anyway, I installed the new aluminum tanks about five years ago, and the first one just ran dry. If all you are doing is cooking, they last a long, long time.

Personally, I wouldn't even nightmare about having a propane reefer aboard. Having a fire going that I couldn't eyeball would scare me senseless, btw.

On my own boat, an old Morgan 36T, I'm completely refitting the galley, and it's going to have a 2 burner propane cooktop and a microwave-convection oven. After seeing how long the propane has lasted on Breeze, Ruffian is going to get the tiniest gas bottle I can buy. This shouldn't be a real problem, since Ruffian is used to daysail and an occasional overnight stop somewhere. My second reason for wanting a little tank is that I don't want to have to lug a 20+ pound tank around to get it filled. (Blown out back--not laziness.)

The other thing I am a fanatic about is having a 'sniffer' aboard. They aren't cheap, but they work. The whole system sniffs the bilge, which is where propane will go, and won't let you turn the propane tank on if it smells propane. My own experience is that it doesn't seem to like any petrochemical smell, because after spilling a little diesel while changing Racors, it absolutely refused to let me cook until I had the bilge cleaned up. Not a bad thing, I think.

If it were more common and easily available, I'd go for CNG (compressed natural gas), but that stuff is about as easy to find as chicken lip soup.

Cap'n Gary
S/V Island Breeze
Gary1 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Propane Cabin Heater Mysun Gear & Maintenance 9 06-07-2009 11:29 PM
Wondering about where to put propane sensors... Sailormann Gear & Maintenance 5 05-14-2007 11:58 PM
Refilling Propane Tanks Doreen Gounard Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 09-01-2003 08:00 PM
From Propane to Butane John Kretschmer Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 09-23-1999 08:00 PM
From Propane to Butane John Kretschmer Cruising Articles 0 09-23-1999 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome