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Old 17-07-2012, 17:54   #16
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

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Well mine appears to drain into the bilge.
Another spot would be in order then.
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

I really like the PVC pipe idea. Magma the BBQ folks makes a fabric version of that idea.
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

Put a roll of saran wrap around it. Preferably store it outside. But sealed up tight I would think it would be fine for some time. Does your boat have those cubby holes in the coamings for the winch handles? maybe put it there.
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

i place mine into doubled ziplock baggies. they will puff if leaking, so is obvious. i have never had a green bottle leak when stowed.
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The problem I have seen with these 1 lb bombs is not necessarily them unused, but storing them after use on the grill. Sometimes the needle in the containers valve does not completely close when detached from the grill and it leaks. This has been known to happen when you feel cold to the touch. I would not store this in the cabin, or any locker which does not drain overboard from its lowest point.

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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

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The problem I have seen with these 1 lb bombs is not necessarily them unused, but storing them after use on the grill. Sometimes the needle in the containers valve does not completely close when detached from the grill and it leaks. This has been known to happen when you feel cold to the touch. I would not store this in the cabin, or any locker which does not drain overboard from its lowest point.

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makes it even more reasonable to place em into a baggie or doubled --so the balloon is obvious....
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

FYI -- these bottles can be refilled also. there is an adapter to screw into a larger bottle and then screw the 1 lb bottle into, invert then open the valve, wait a few seconds until you no lnger hear gas flowing, then close the valve and unscrew the now filled 1lb bottle...

and +1 for the pvc idea... I love that... off to home depot I go!!!!
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

These small cylinders do leak - with our last one, I removed the regulator from the bottle and propane kept leaking out, as if the check valve didn't close completely. I've been keeping these in the propane locker that drains outside the boat. Noting the leaking cylinder, I wouldn't keep in the cabin or anywhere that drains to the bilge. This leaky cylinder got my attention.
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Re: keeping a small 16 ounce propane cylinder on the boat

refill has the problem of gas in the cylinder hindering the flow of propane going in. I have read some people use plier to pull the safety valve out so you get more liquid propane inside. Otherwise some will freeze the bottle first.
These valves do leak and for my torch, I just leave the bottle attached all the time.

Just a FYI, I found out some info if propane or hydrocarbon is used for refrigeration, only 40% of a r22 or r134a charge is used and if it does leak, up to 50% of the HC stays dissolved in the compressor oil. Typically an upright fridge will have less than 2 ounces of a HC refrigerant needed and a HC refrigerant is a lot more energy efficient.
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