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Old 21-07-2017, 15:33   #1
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Propane detector suggestions

Help! We're a family of 5 living aboard and I need suggestions for a propane detector. I'm not a fan of our Shipmate gas stove/oven. I would also ask for preferences on a new stove/oven.
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Re: Propane detector suggestions

Xintex has good propane LPG detectors and controls
Propane Detectors and Controls | Fireboy-Xintex
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Put one detector high-ceiling and one detector low-calf height.

I believe the drill is - If near shore just get out with your life. If offshore be ready to go dead ship at the battery selector and "bail" propane overboard with a slow-mo bucket brigade.
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Re: Propane detector suggestions

Follow the advice at this link: Safe Boat Propane System Installation

Google : ABYC LPG & follow recommendations.
Do not confuse LPG (propane) with CNG (compressed natural gas)-they are not the same.

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DO NOT PLACE PROPANE SENSOR HIGH UP ON CEILING IT WILL TELL YOU NOTHING! A VERY DANGEROUS THING TO DO!!!!

Propane /Lpg is heavier than air so will sink into the bilge follow this advice as:

The fume detector - The panel should also be fitted with a fume detector test switch and alarm. The sensor (s) themselves should be mounted directly under the appliance. Many install the sensor in the bilge. If the fumes reach the bilge .... it's too late.

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DO NOT PLACE PROPANE SENSOR HIGH UP ON CEILING IT WILL TELL YOU NOTHING! A VERY DANGEROUS THING TO DO!!!!



Propane /Lpg is heavier than air so will sink into the bilge follow this advice as:



The fume detector - The panel should also be fitted with a fume detector test switch and alarm. The sensor (s) themselves should be mounted directly under the appliance. Many install the sensor in the bilge. If the fumes reach the bilge .... it's too late.



Cheers Steve (IIMS Surveyor)


Steve, Is it ok to run 2 dual-mode Propane & CO2 detectors -- low in the recommend position and one high? I think you are saying propane settles downward -in still air- and so the primary detection location is to the spec as under the propane cooker?

Is is possible for propane to be blown rearward and upward when swinging on a breezy trade winds anchorage?
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Put one detector high-ceiling and one detector low-calf height.

I believe the drill is - If near shore just get out with your life. If offshore be ready to go dead ship at the battery selector and "bail" propane overboard with a slow-mo bucket brigade.

LOL, you are going to jump off your boat when the propane alarm goes off?
How about shut off the propane, and open all hatches. It will vent. Having propane in the air does not mean you are at the levels of combustion. Gasoline fumes are much more dangerous.
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I put the propane sensor in the bilge, because I can't smell down there. I can smell a leak in the galley.

Please note that thermocouple protection on the burners is just as important as leak detection.
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