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Old 15-05-2012, 16:31   #1
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Propane Stove set up

Ive been driving around with a three burner gimbaled stove range in the back of my Jeep for a couple of months now. Its time to install it on my sail boat. I need advice for the safest way to run the hose line into the galley from a tank I will be storing in the cockpit. Anyone who had rigged this set up...its a big concern for me to do this as safely as possible.i'm guessing I will need some sort of regulator and safety shut off? Or just by always having the tank valve tightly off and only turning on when needed ok?
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Old 15-05-2012, 16:41   #2
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Re: propane stove set up

ABYC propane installation guidelines:
http://www.abycinc.org/committees/A-01.pdf

Here's a how not to guide posted by a CF member:
Safe Boat Propane System Installation

Don Casey's take on the subject in the BoatUS site:
Propane Systems - BoatTECH Guides by Don Casey | BoatUS

How does your cockpit drain? If it is below water drains, propane tank in the cockpit won't work for a start.
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Old 15-05-2012, 16:47   #3
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Re: propane stove set up

It drains below in two thru holes. I was thinking of either constructing a lazarette type compartment for the tank ontop of one of the benches with plenty of air flow or just strapping the tank to my stern rail.
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Old 15-05-2012, 16:59   #4
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Re: propane stove set up

i reccomend using copper tubing between the cockpit locker and the galley.
the tube should be well supported,and not come in contact with other metal.
either end should be terminated using olives.
at the stove side a gas shut off valve should be fitted and a shielded flexible hose to the stove.
the cockpit locker should be vented below to an outboard skin fitting.

the gas regulator should be connected with the correct gas hose(date of manufacture stamped on hose),and terminated to nipple/olive connection to the copper tubing,preferably on a fixed mounting.

in line between the copper tubing and regulator a gas solenoid can be fitted,with an on/ off switch at the galley,but this is optional.

this is the system that is generally used this side of the pond,that i have installed in the past.
a gas detector and alarm are also mandatory on commercial vessels.

marine type stoves should also be fitted with thermo couples.
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Re: propane stove set up

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It drains below in two thru holes. I was thinking of either constructing a lazarette type compartment for the tank ontop of one of the benches with plenty of air flow or just strapping the tank to my stern rail.
Visualize it this way, pour a few gallons of oil out where ever the tank is installed. Doesn't mix with water and floats on it. Does it leave the boat? Does it fill the cockpit? Does it pour over the companionway sill into the cabin?
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Old 15-05-2012, 17:21   #6
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Re: propane stove set up

Makes sense.so hanging the tank off a stern rail would be a lot easier to set up and would maximize air flow while risking all chances of leakage anywhere dangerous. I should have all connections at the tank itself. The hose runs into the cabin through an airtight hole. Co2 detector in the cabin. What do I need at the stove connection? I'm starting to figure this all out mentally thanks for the links.
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Old 15-05-2012, 17:43   #7
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i reccomend using copper tubing between the cockpit locker and the galley.(...)
This is also how someone did it on our boat. There is a soft end at the bottle side and another orange rubber tail at the stove end.

There are shut offs at:
- the bottle (not all countries),
- the regulator (in countries where bottles have no shut-offs),
- before the tubing (some boats have solenoids there that are activated from the galley) but in our boat this is where the tester is,
- and there is one more close to the stove.

I am not sure why, but in our boat the copper tube is run inside a plastic (maybe rubber) sleeve that looks exactly like the orange lpg hose.

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Re: propane stove set up

Be sure to buy the good, thicker copper tube. There used to be flexible propane rated hose, which eliminates the connection behind the stove. More expensive than copper though. None of my boats ever had a valve behind the stove, burn risk in my mind. Solenoid valve at the tank is good safety item. Propane on the stern rail a good idea!
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Re: propane stove set up

I'm pleased with the propane locker from Trident Marine installed on my boat by the previous owner.

I think they have thought of everything with this kit. Located at the rear of my cockpit behind the wheel with a bottom vent out a stern through-hull(actually through transom).

Trident Marine Propane Tank Locker
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Check out my blog if anyone is interested in how the whole propane set up turned out.

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Great blog. I love it when people find inexpensive practical solutions and "just go cruising"!
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