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07-02-2013 08:18 PM
chef2sail
Re: Refill Propane?

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Even if the tank guage was calibrated and reliable, pressure increases with temperature, so its not a good indication of volume. Chef is right, most accurate at zero.

If the pressure gauge comes after the regulator, its not tank pressure, but regulated pressure. That shouldn't change at all, when pressurized, until the tank is empty. It can be useful, if installed after the solenoid, to see if your system is holding gas after everything is shut off. However, if not testing, you should always burn off the excess gas in the hoses, by shutting off the solenoid with the burner on and letting it burn off.
+1 good point about shutting the solenoid of first and letting the gas burn off
I have to remind the first mate all the time.

Also if you pizo electric sparkers have worn out and you use a firestarter wand, light the wand first before turning the gas on on the stove.
07-02-2013 07:37 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Refill Propane?

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....Related question: the tank has a pressure gauge. Does this in any way tell me how full it is?
Even if the tank guage was calibrated and reliable, pressure increases with temperature, so its not a good indication of volume. Chef is right, most accurate at zero.

If the pressure gauge comes after the regulator, its not tank pressure, but regulated pressure. That shouldn't change at all, when pressurized, until the tank is empty. It can be useful, if installed after the solenoid, to see if your system is holding gas after everything is shut off. However, if not testing, you should always burn off the excess gas in the hoses, by shutting off the solenoid with the burner on and letting it burn off.
07-02-2013 11:06 AM
chef2sail
Re: Refill Propane?

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Thanks all. Chef2sail and Minnewaska, a search on Amerigas shows a Sunoco pretty near to Deale that does refills. Good to know, thanks! I'll ask some others at the marina just to see where they go, too.

Related question: the tank has a pressure gauge. Does this in any way tell me how full it is?
No unfortunately only when it has no pressure it is out
You can buy a pressure gauge to put on.

We have two #20 in dedicated lockers under each side of the helm area. We have an attachment to one with a step down pressure valve to hook into our magma so we don't carry the 1 lbs bombs.

When our stove/ oven bottle goes empty we can switch tanks ( hopefully not right in the middle of cooking ). ne 20 lb tank lasts us almost 3/4 season of heavy use, although we don't use our oven much.
07-02-2013 11:01 AM
arf145
Re: Refill Propane?

Thanks all. Chef2sail and Minnewaska, a search on Amerigas shows a Sunoco pretty near to Deale that does refills. Good to know, thanks! I'll ask some others at the marina just to see where they go, too.

Related question: the tank has a pressure gauge. Does this in any way tell me how full it is?
07-02-2013 04:50 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Refill Propane?

U-Haul locations sometimes have filling stations. U-Haul: Propane Refill Stations

Or ... AmeriGas Propane: Propane Cylinder Refill Location Finder

I will bet a google search in your area bring some others up.
07-02-2013 04:32 AM
chef2sail
Re: Refill Propane?

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New to us boat has some equipment that's new to me, such as the propane stove. So I see we have a nice propane tank--probably not something we exchange. I assume we get this refilled somewhere, which would be...where?
Ace hardware is where we go. Many have refill stations . If you are near Deale which I think you are try Amerigas, Ferrelgas, ask in your marina. Make sure you have a modern tank with pressure release valve or they won't refill

Very few boats use standard size .
07-02-2013 04:27 AM
Goldfinger
Re: Refill Propane?

Here in OZ there is a manufacturing date stamped on the tank. If the tank is older than ten years no one is allowed to refill it until it has been pressure tested and restamped... or replaced. Replacing a SS propane gas tank isn't cheap!
07-02-2013 03:31 AM
MarkSF
Re: Refill Propane?

My tanks are a very non-standard size, so refilling is the only option.

Ask around the marina, where do people go, someone will know.
07-02-2013 12:47 AM
paul323
Re: Refill Propane?

Local gas station - one with a big sign saying "Propane Filled Here". A big propane tank above ground is also a giveaway.

If you have custom tanks like I do, convenience stores and other exchange-style places don't work too well. Luckily I have a gas station 5 minutes from home that refills propane.
07-01-2013 11:51 PM
chuck53
Re: Refill Propane?

Why can't you just exchange?
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