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Old 12-10-2018, 11:24   #1
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DIY Cooking Gas (Propane & Butane) in French Polynesia

Having cruised FP more than 3 1/2+ years we have gone thru our fair share of cooking gas.

There are a few spots that you can get your tanks filled in French Polynesia --
Nuka Hiva Yacht Services
Fakarava Yacht Services
Pakakota Yacht Service (Fakarava)
Papeete, Tahiti
Raiatea _ boatyard

To refill your tanks at these locations cost about 70% more than doing it yourself. Cooking gas is regulated all thru French Polyneisa and the cost is about $28US for 12kg bottle + deposit.

FP has recently introduced fiberglass gas bottles that may fit your boats locker. A $30 deposit and the cost of the gas would secure one of these tanks. We have not seen these bottles in the Marquesas or Tuamotus.

But if you spend enough time in out islands you will at some time need to refill your bottles.

We have recently put a document together on how to fill your cooking gas bottles using the gravity method which includes some photos. This doc also shows a pic of the FP gas bottle fitting that will be required. SV Woosh also wrote a very nice document on DIY Cooking gas transfer.

You can find this doc "Refilling your Propane Tanks in French Polynesia"on our website www.jacarandajourney.com in "Other Good Stuff"

Safe traveling

Chuck
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