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Old 16-07-2009, 12:38   #1
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Help! Looking for Propane in the Med

We just crossed over the Atlantic and are cruising the south coast of Spain on our way to the eastern Med. We are running dangerously low of cooking fuel (propane).

Does anyone know where we can find propane in Spain? How about Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Middle East? Is it available there? Can we convert easily enough over to butane? Any other suggestions?

Thanks very much. I did not prepare for this cuz I figured propane was available. We are in need of some solutions FAST!! Thanks again!

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Old 16-07-2009, 13:12   #2
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Found this link searching "propane in Europe". I don't know if it helps much, but it's a start.

LPG in Europe

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Good article. Thanks. I have found out I can use butane in my propane tanks/stove. So problem solved! Thanks, and thanks for the link to the article.
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I'm using propane or butane, whatever I can get. Our cooking stove and gas heatexchanger for hot water work fine with both.
Problem is that almost every country in the world has it's own valve and adapter, which most probably is different from yours. In the Med, in big marinas with many foreign boats you should have no problem to get your tank refilled. But in smaller towns, less frequented by yachties, it is often difficult if not impossible to get a refill for a foreign bottle.
I carry my own adapter (without pr. reducer), and in each country we visit I buy an adaptor to fit the local bottle (without the pressure reducing valve). I then borrow a local bottle and decant via hose into mine. Works well and is cheaper than having it done by others. Tip: Don't smoke while you do it!
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When I was in Ibiza Propane was delivered house to house by a guy with a truck, empties exchanged for full for E50. Maybe there is a similar arrangement where you are.
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