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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-02-2007 03:46 PM
labatt We'll still be doing the trace.. better safe than sorry...
09-02-2007 09:57 AM
sailingdog It would still be wise to check the system for leaks. Of course, if you're pretty sure it is the end of the tank causing the odor, you could try operating the stove from a full tank. If you don't get the smell with a full tank, it is probably the end-of-the-tank issue that bushrat mentioned.

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After much reflection (and smelling and second opinions) we don't think it is raw propane we're smelling. It's got a very similar smell, but is a bit sweeter. We're almost out on the tank, so perhaps bushrat's idea is correct.
09-02-2007 09:54 AM
labatt After much reflection (and smelling and second opinions) we don't think it is raw propane we're smelling. It's got a very similar smell, but is a bit sweeter. We're almost out on the tank, so perhaps bushrat's idea is correct.
09-01-2007 11:38 PM
bushrat You can get strong odors called the "heavy ends" when you are near the end of a cylinder. You have a concentration of mercapten and other contaminates like moisture dirt etc. which you will smell in combustion. Were you at the end of a cylinder?
09-01-2007 09:53 AM
teshannon Sailingdog,
Thanks. It sounds like the bilge near the stove is the ideal place.
09-01-2007 12:13 AM
sailingdog
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What is the best location for a propane detector sensor? In the tank locker, near the oven, control panel etc?
Generally, low in the cabin, but not near the oven, since lighting the oven generally releases a tiny bit of unburned propane. The real purpose of a propane detector is to warn you when levels of propane are building in the cabin or bilge of the boat... rather than to detect a leak per se.
08-31-2007 07:56 PM
teshannon Thanks all for your input, much appreciated.
08-31-2007 07:24 PM
jrd22 Teshannon- we have two sensors, one is in the engine compartment/bilge and the other is in an empty space beneath the galley stove. You want to locate them as low as possible and below the appliances that use propane.
08-31-2007 07:20 PM
Freesail99 I read somehwere you don't want the detector to close to the source, or you get to many false readings.
08-31-2007 07:15 PM
teshannon Freesail99,
I have a tank locker in the cockpit. I was wondering where you route the sensor to from a detector?
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