Originally Posted by tyleroday
I was going to buy a LPG stove top, canister, solenoid, pipes, etc. and do the whole "propane set-up", although I have to admit I am nervous of the explosion horror stories.
I have a three burner stove with oven
, non gimballed, in Trente Pieds. I cook essentially as I would ashore, and apart from propane being a tad slower (lower calorific output) than "city gas" or indeed a whizz-bang 'lectic "range", there is nought I would cook ashore that I can't cook as well aboard. It's counter/prep space that's lacking - not heat :-)
Do NOT get yer skivvies in a knot
about explosion danger
. Of course we treat all combustibles with respect, but propane is NOT dangerous when correctly installed and correctly used. And both of those criteria are simple enuff to meet.
In these waters a "safety shut-off" on the propane supply is mandated, and therefore I have one. It consists of an electric
solenoid valve immediately next to, and downstream from, the manual valve on the propane boggle. The solenoid is the "normally off" type, so you have to energize it with battery juice to open it and let the propane flow when you want to cook. Obviously it's wired via a switch right next to the stove.
But I don't need it, and I have it only cos it's mandated. I grudge even the half amp it draws from the "house battery" when it is "on". I don't need it cos I go back to to the days before the famous Danish scientist Örsted had clued in to what electro-magnetism is, and thereby made solenoid valves possible. And before desk-bound civil servants presumed to tell us how to live.
I have two propane boggles side by each in a dedicated cockpit
locker vented directly overboard
via scuppers at the BOTTOM on the locker but above waterline. The locker does NOT communicate in any way with the bilge
or other spaces below deck
. Errant gas will simply drop overboard
. But there is NEVER errant gas, cos I only open the manual valve on the boggle just before I need the stove. When I finish with the stove, I do NOT "turn off the gas" on the stove. I turn off the valve on the boggle and let the gas "burn out of the line" as the pressure in the line goes to zero. THEN I turn off the stove controls.
Following that procedure there is NO reason that propane would ever get into your bilge
and therefore there is NO reason to fear an explosion. It goes without saying that your safety
checks (performed at frequent intervals) include a survey
of the gas line running from solenoid to stove.