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Propane real vs. best practices
I'm just about done replacing the entire dual-tank propane system on my new-to-me old boat, from tanks to stove/oven and heater and everything between. First boat I've owned with propane.
So we all know the best practice is to turn everything off, including the valves at the tank, when not being used. Every book, manual, blog, and forum rat says so. Not a big deal, it's only a couple steps into the cockpit to open and close the valves.
But is that what everyone really does, always?
I have to admit it seems tempting, especially in cool weather after a long day that includes propane use right up to bedtime -- a pre-bed cuppa while warming up next to the propane heater in one's PJs and sleeping cap -- to just close the solenoid and head to bed, then open it again for breakfast in the morning, saving two trips to the tanks. I would off course close the tank valves before leaving the boat unattended for more than a few minutes.
Is that practice pure sin?
Surely more than one drunken sailor has slept off their grog more than once while forgetting to close their tank valves, maybe even forgetting to close the solenoid altogether, and lived to heat up a hangover cure the next morning. No?
Fastidious and fearful of fiery death
p.s. feel free to pm if you're sure your insurer will read your response and void your policy!
Last edited by bajaking; 3 Weeks Ago at 02:14 PM.