Originally Posted by syoder
I decided to just skip the solenoid altogether on my installation
. I shut the gas off at the tank after using it. Sometimes I burn off the gas in the line, sometimes I don't. I think that we've been programmed to be WAY too paranoid about propane
(along with a whole bunch of other stuff). It'd be interested to find out just how much propane
is needed to create an explosive atmosphere inside a boat.
Prior owner took the solenoids out because the VHF
mic would turn them off and he could never figure how the interference
came about. (Makes me ask the question of whether a radio
could interfere in such a way that turns the solenoid ON! I suspect the answer is 'of course not' just as in the case of the radio
cannot, of course, turn the solenoid off either.)
Anyhow, we turn off the lines at the tank with red surveyor's tap led in or out of the tank well depending on whether the value is open or shut. The tape gives me a visual of status.
I usually burn off the gas in the lines on the theory that, although the lines don't contain much gas, if there is slow leak the cumulative effect from many cooking cycles could blow up the boat.