Originally Posted by Pelagic
Thanks for the great Link Dan. I have everything but the pressure gauge as I soap test about once a month.
My 2 tanks are inside my cockpit locker seat which is vented on deck, plus if I ever have had a leak when changing tanks…you can smell it right away, but the pressure gauge is a much better way to monitor complete run…. so I will look to install.
One question….My propane tanks are in chocks laying on their side, rather than standing up. Is there any problem with that?
Some tanks are designed to be upright, others on their side . The tanks are designed to supply vapor when they are in their proper orientation. If you tip them over so that they supply liquid, that is supposed to be bad. Since I had never heard exactly what bad was, your question made me curious what that was. Here's a discussion I found.
Propane explosions (John De Armond)
Unless I misunderstood you, it sounds like your propane locker is not safe. It should be a sealed box that opens on top, with a drain on the bottom going overboard
with no dips in the drain tube. This way if you ever have a leak, the propane goes overboard
. The hose and wire entering the box should be near the top and sealed. The solenoid valve allows you to shut off the fuel
in the locker when ever you are not using the stove, so a leak in the hose or stove outside of the box only dumps what's in the hose in the boat when you are not using the stove. Shutting off the valve on the main tank every time you turn off the stove pretty much accomplishes the same thing. My theory is it was assumed that most people would not bother to do that, so the solenoid valve allows you to do that from the galley
. I suppose that if you happen to have a leak while using the stove, the solenoid is a quick way to shut off the fuel
Some other things that are supposed to be done for a correct install, all tees inside the locker, no joints in propane line outside of the locker, except for joint to flexible coupling to the gimbaled stove.
(I have repeated some if not all of what others have said here.)
Calder's book, or a good propane installer/store (in Seattle
, Sure Marine
seems to be good.) are good references
. You should make sure you get the whole list of a proper install from the above or from ABYC.