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Old 26-02-2013, 07:37   #1
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BBQ Grill Fuel

We have a Magma BBQ Grill that is powered by the small propane cyclinders. We're getting the boat ready for a trip and while I was fitting the grill a dock mate stopped by to visit and commented that one cannot obtain the small cyclinders in the Bahamas and that I need to buy a fitting to refill empties from our main tanks. Frankly, the Propane Grill is new to us as we've always used charcoal and I hadn't given the fuel source a thought before being asked such a question. I will appreciate comments from those that have previously traved in the Bahamas and south on the need to refill the small cyclinders and, if so, how was/is that accomplished?
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Old 26-02-2013, 08:09   #2
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One cylinder lasts for a dozen or so times BBQing. Why not bring along a half dozen or more cylinders and you will be covered.

Filling is tedious and maybe a little dangerous.

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Old 26-02-2013, 08:18   #3
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yes you can buy the little cylinders in the bahamas - at least in the big towns. but they're expensive.

i use the little filling device. costs under $20. but it allows you to fill them for about 75 cents apiece - even cheaper than buying them in the usa. it's perfectly safe, but, like all propane cylinders big and small, keep them out of the boat.

the trick i 'learned' (actually i finally read the instructions), is to put the little bottle in your fridge for twenty minutes. then when you connect it, turn the big tank upside down, and open the valve, you can actually hear a 'whoosh' as the little tank fills....
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Re: BBQ Grill Fuel

Or install a "T" fitting in your main propane manifold, just downstream from the tank, and when it's time to barbecue you just connect a hose from this fitting to the grill.
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Re: BBQ Grill Fuel

If you're going to carry a big propane tank to refill the little ones, why not just skip the little ones and conect the BBQ to the big tank? Magma makes a hose to do that.
Link: LPG 10 (3m) Hose Conversion Kit A10-225
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If you're going to carry a big propane tank to refill the little ones, why not just skip the little ones and conect the BBQ to the big tank? Magma makes a hose to do that.
Link: LPG 10 (3m) Hose Conversion Kit A10-225
+1, I got tired of having to worry about having the little polluting throw away tanks and bought a Fiberglass refillable 15 lb tank for the BBQ , which is one of the two propane appliances on the boat. The other is a crab pot cooker. Both use the same tank which hangs on the stern cockpit rail.
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Re: BBQ Grill Fuel

Thanks for the observations/suggestions. We carry two propane tanks that, on our stove, give us about 40 hours of "burner time", each. T-ing into the primary tank isn't an option because of the arrangement of our propane locker and I'm not too thrilled with using the reserve tank but that is a reasonable option. We do have, at present, 4 of the smaller cylinders contained in vacuum packaging bags (FoodSaver) and stored in our propane locker with an adapter in case we do, unexpectedly, empty a primary tank. If it is possible, I'd prefer to refill these but will give some thought to employing the reserve tank. OneStep--Do you have a link to where you obtained the re-fill adapter? I'd appreciate it.
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Old 26-02-2013, 09:27   #8
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Re: BBQ Grill Fuel

Here's one on ebay, you can get it at cabbellas too...they work well...
Mr propane reill adapter lp gas cylinder coleman tank coupler Heater lantern | eBay

the oposite version is really helpfull too...
BBQ Backup Steak Saver Rescue Mr. Heater Propane Tank Refill Adaptor MacCoupler | eBay

Hope it helps!

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The little cylinders can rust out in about 6 weeks if stored outside. We used them on a Transpac and stored them in a canvas pouch in the cockpit--half them had holes by the time the boat made it back to California. You really don't want to store them inside.

On the Bene, we Tee'd into the stove supply, but the crappy Bene propane locker had been replaced by an aftermarket enclosure in the aft lazarette. In your case, I'd probably go with one of the new fiberglass tanks on the stern rail.
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Or install a "T" fitting in your main propane manifold, just downstream from the tank, and when it's time to barbecue you just connect a hose from this fitting to the grill.
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Check this:
Refill Disposable Propane Cylinders!
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Re: BBQ Grill Fuel

Thanks Guys. I appreciate the links and the heads up's.
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Old 26-02-2013, 11:40   #13
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bought mine at a hardware store - ace, i think.

heed all the warnings about propane - but i'm sure you do....
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