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Old 12-08-2010, 14:08   #1
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How Much Propane ?

I'm in the process of converting our CNG stove to LPG.

How big of propane tank(s) do you have?

Do you have one or two?

We, my wife and I, are planning on living aboard for at least a year and cruising to the Bahamas (hence the conversion).

I'm planning on making a locker big enough for two 10# aluminum tanks, but I'm beginning to wonder if that is a bit overkill. Is one 10# enough -- with a small camping style canister as a backup when/if we run out??
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We had (2) 10# tanks, which lasted ABOUT 12 Weeks (half a winter cruise) total. This prepared a gallon pot of coffee, and a two pot/pan dinner meal daily.
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Not overkill at all. Some places you just can't get a refill, other places it requires a taxi ride which could be a PITA and others you can get propane on the dockside. Two tanks take the PITA out of refills

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a gallon pot of coffee, ... daily.
A gallon of coffee? For how many people? That is seriously hardcore.
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A gallon of coffee? For how many people? That is seriously hardcore.
Your right, that is hardcore. How can anyone do with that little a day.

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last trip to the bahamas was for three months. we pretty much cook aboard all the time. we didn't even use up one 20 lb bottle.

still, it's good to have two bottles because filling an empty one in an out of the way place could be a pita.
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We have 2 ten pounders. One tank usually lasts from 21 to 25 days. I always keep a record of our propane use as I'd hate to run out. We have three meals a day, bake and boil water for dishes and showers if the sun doesn't cooperate. It seems we use more propane than most. You definitely need two tanks, I wish I had 2 twenties. In the Bahamas, although many Bahamians use propane, getting it is sometimes a hit and miss proposition. For example, there's only two places to get propane in the Exumas, Staniel and Georgetown. Staniel is often out (they fill by gravity there and it's not always a full tank that you get) and you might have to wait for the next supply boat and hope the shipment is on it. In Georgetown it's much better. Lately the propane man comes once a week. The price is half that of Staniel. A year or two ago it was difficult to get propane in GT as the main supplier owed his distributor in Nassau and couldn't get any more. Here's the cruisers waiting for the propane truck in GT.

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We also last just shy of a month. We eat nearly all meals aboard. Melanie bakes, and we heat water for showers. We have 3 10lb. tanks. You need at least one spare. You will most likely not get same day service.......i2f
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A gallon of coffee? For how many people? That is seriously hardcore.
Maggie had a cup, or two; and I drank the rest (cut with Bailey's Irish Cream).
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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?
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Alright, that helps a bunch. I think I'll stick with the plan to use two 10# tanks.
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Your right, that is hardcore. How can anyone do with that little a day.

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+1. The first real emergency in my ED is a broken coffee maker.
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Twenty pounds lasts us ~2 months. We're always cooking, but from what I'm reading from everyone else it seems like we're pretty conservative in our use. Carry two!
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The original poster doesnt explain what a #10 cylinder is. Does it mean 10 pounds?

Theres basically a few different typs on our deck at the moment as we are changing from Turkish to European Camping Gaz and still have our 'rest of the world' bottles too.

Normal = 4.5kg (Your 10 pounds)


Turkish 2 KG

Camping Gaz 2.75KG

Also available in all countries are 9KG or 13/14KG cylinders


Of whatever variety you need 2 cylinders as the one you are using will run out and it will take a week of more to find how to swap it or fill it.

Best would be 2 x 9KG (thats 20 pounds aprox). But they get pretty big.


By the way, for those needing to change to European ones, we found the regulator and the full Camping Gaz bottles in the supermarket (On the bottom shelf so kids can more easily play with them).


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Not overkill at all. Some places you just can't get a refill, other places it requires a taxi ride which could be a PITA and others you can get propane on the dockside. Two tanks take the PITA out of refills

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