LP Gas Man, I'll be using the tanks with my 'Dickinson Newport Propane
Fireplace P12000 Cabin
Heater' (that I purchased a couple of weeks ago), max 9,700 BTU, on a Formosa
46 here in Alaska
. I was over and visited the boat this last weekend. My brother, who is graciously living on/watching the boat this winter, had easily put in the stove replacing the Dickinson diesel
which I'll probably keep as a back-up. Right now the gas unit is less expensive to run than the diesel
and will pay for itself in a year. I found a real good deal on the internet
. BTW, I think the heating
range of 32/40 ft advertised by Dickinson
is correct. Separating the aft 1/3 of the boat with a cut wool hanging blanket over the aft door leading to the engine
'hallway' area keeps the cabin
very warm and very dry. The double chimney brings in outside air for combustion. Moving the hanging blanket to the aft cabin door (so some heat gets back there) keeping the forward 3/4 boat area comfortable. I'm very happy with the gas unit so far.
Right now I'm looking for a good deal in composite tanks. As far as I'm concerned, if 3 of 5 years are gone on the warranty, that's ok. Like I said, $34 is a great price
, just the shipping to AK is high. Per the below (for those so inclined) it looks like in Europe
they are testing them every 10 yrs or it's at least reasonable to test every 10 yrs. Looks like the $34 tanks still have 17 yrs of life just to get to the second test period.
16 pounders are small enough to fit anywhere. You can't lay down a 22 pounder, or can you??? Also, the housing is plastic so I doesn't scuff up the fiberglass
I've read info on composites from fire department testing and they confirm they will not explode if put directly into the fire. If anything, they will slowly burn through and slowly release the gas/pressure until exhausted.
Yes, I'd be interested in talking to your Seattle
distributor. But I gotta tell ya, I never pay full price. Like a friend said, "boat dollars are exponentially more valuable than US dollars."
Info from the Ragasco Norway
website for those who are interested: "For filling and retesting, the CEN standardization organization has developed EN14763 and EN14767 as technical guidelines. These are approved by the member
countries to CEN, but they are not yet referred to in ADR- they were not ready in time for the last ADR revision. In addition, RAGASCO has a product specific document covering the detailed instruction for filling and retesting Complet. Some countries stipulate 10 year retest intervals and other countries stipulate a 5 year retest interval. Ragasco is continuously performing tests to document the limited deterioration that normal use of the cylinders provoke over time (no corrosion
, no permanent deformation) and thus convince the competent authorities that retest interval should be at least 10 years. In the USA, the cylinders are approved in accordance with DOT-SP-12706, which is based on ISO11119-3.2, CFR49, FRP-1 and DOT specific requirements. Authorized Testing Institute is the third party approval organization for the manufacturing line and product."
Tell me if my reasoning is wrong. I'm teachable.