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Old 13-08-2010, 05:53   #16
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You left out the guy on Farmers Cay, right next to the dock. ALso gravity fill We also keep three 10# tanks. How many grilled meals can you get off the little green cans?

Thanks Denny, I never stop at Farmers anymore. Too much politics there. For those that have never had a gravity filled tank, don't count on using that tank as long as an ordinary tank -- they're seldom filled to capacity!
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Old 13-08-2010, 08:40   #17
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Thanks Denny, I never stop at Farmers anymore. Too much politics there. For those that have never had a gravity filled tank, don't count on using that tank as long as an ordinary tank -- they're seldom filled to capacity!
I know of what you speak!!!!!!!!!! And I also normally avoid it, especially the cabin
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Old 13-08-2010, 10:33   #18
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I'm inclined to say two 20Lb tanks. That's what I had when I was living aboard my Grampian. At the moment, neither boat has an operable cooking stove so no tanks at all. Nor does there appear to be a spot to keep them. I suspect the original set up was on deck for Espina, but I have no idea where the tanks were on Sabre Dance or even if they were ever mounted. When I do cook on Espie I'm using a camping stove with the small green bottles. I've only used it twice so no idea how long those last. But its a good plan to keep a few on board.

A bit of thread drift here, but I'm curious as to what storage arrangements various people have? I'm thinking on deck in wells partially below deck level.


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Rick & Denny:
You don't find Terry Bain charming & entertaining?
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Old 13-08-2010, 11:16   #20
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No, not much, although his brother Tony, a cab driver in Nassau, is quite likeable.
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Most of our cooking is done on a small 12x18 Napoleon BBQ which is quite efficient in its use of propane. We use the small green tanks and each lasts well over a week of daily cooking. I made a small rack that holds 12 cans and so far this year with 5 full weeks of cruising we have only used 4 cans, and that includes 2 parties with cooking for 20+ people.

The small cans are available at just about every hardware store, never had an issue with supply so far.
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If you look at Vasco's picture you see that about 1/2 of the cruisers have 20# tanks. Assuming they are still cooking on board while these wait to be filled then, like me, they are carrying two 20# tanks.

We usually fill both in Vero in December and in February we have to fill one somewhere in Exumas or Long Island. The second goes empty sometime in April and we come home on the full one.

Of course, we also heat water with propane, but that is not a big use.

Go with 2 20#'s it gives you more flexibility. You're not always adapting your course to get somewhere to fill a tank.

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You don't find Terry Bain charming & entertaining?
he use to be charming and entertaining, not so much anymore, more opinionated and vocal. But don't want to steal thread so I will leave it alone
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... Go with 2 20#'s it gives you more flexibility. You're not always adapting your course to get somewhere to fill a tank.
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Propane is a fuel (like diesel, gasoline, & electricity), and more is better.
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My original 10# aluminum didn't quite fit into the locker, and took up the space of two tanks. I had it refilled and put it on deck with an adapter hose for the grill.

In my propane locker are two fiberglass 10# tanks, which were cheaper than a single new aluminum. I can see the liquid level if I look, although the last time it ran out I hadn't checked it in a while. We go 3-4 months on a good fill for the stove/oven, with only occasional baking, and about 5 months on the tank for the grill.

Here's where I got the fiberglass tanks: Lightweight propane tank--no fuel gauge needed
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Had trouble convincing a propane dealer to fill my 100lb tank on Pine Island in the Keys, so now I carry three 100lb tanks and four 20lb backups. That's over a years supply for my six burner restaurant stove.
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No matter the size, having two tanks is especially handy. I never worry about running out of propane. When one runs out, I just switch the hose to the other tank. Then I get the empty tank refilled at, more or less, my convenience.
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Had trouble convincing a propane dealer to fill my 100lb tank on Pine Island in the Keys, so now I carry three 100lb tanks and four 20lb backups. That's over a years supply for my six burner restaurant stove.
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380 lbs of propane! That's quite the supply! And to think that I was thinking 20 lbs was too much!
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Had trouble convincing a propane dealer to fill my 100lb tank on Pine Island in the Keys, so now I carry three 100lb tanks and four 20lb backups. That's over a years supply for my six burner restaurant stove.
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Wow, thats a lot of gas.

Why did the dealer have a problem filling? And how do you move them around on the boat?
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The dealer was misinformed about the law that requires a special kind of valve for tanks under 40 lbs.
I don't move them, they are mounted side by side outside the cabin opposite the stove with a hard pipe connection and I shut the valve when not in use.
The propane truck comes to the dock and fills them all with a hose.
A 100 lb tank lasts me 4 months so my stove really uses a lot.
It really is convenient to have a lot on board and just have to fill up once a year, if you have the space, especially in foreign ports.
It's tough on a sailboat to carry extra stuff, but I would have a spare.
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