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Old 08-04-2022, 13:07   #1
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Help with LP gas stove install

I am trying to install my propane stove in the galley. Unless I get a different stove or completely gut the galley and redesign it (I don't want to do either) there is only one place to put the stove. This is a small "cubby" hole under the side-deck. The space between the back burner and the underside of the deck is about 10 inches when the gimbles are as low as I can place them. I plan to install a sheet of stainless steel behind the stove with fireproof insolation behind that. There is an 18 inch space behind the stove.

I've attached a photo (sorry about the orientation). The brown wood is where the underside of the deck is and the pot is on the back burner which is completely under the deck. The two burners in front are not under the deck at all.

My question is, are there rules and regulations regarding the placement of the stove, such as distance between the stovetop and the underside of the deck, or the gauge of stainless, etc.?

Thanks, JH
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Old 09-04-2022, 07:04   #2
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Re: Help with LP gas stove install

On land, 30" of air clearance is often specified, between the gas cooktop, and the underside of any unprotected combustible surface above.
I wouldn't install a gas cooktop, with less than 12" clearance above.
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Old 09-04-2022, 08:18   #3
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It's your recreational boat, so in the USA you can do it. On the other hand, I cannot imagine your insurance company being happy about it. I would not do it in my boat.
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Re: Help with LP gas stove install

propane stoves give off a LOT of heat and anything flammable (or otherwise) above it is suspect. 10" clearance sounds like an issue to me. maybe you could disable the back burner and just use the front burners
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Old 09-04-2022, 15:09   #5
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Regulations here are 18" min clearance between top of burner & any combustible material, even then your'e required to sheet the underside of the combustible material with s/steel sheeting or similar up to a height of 24", a 6" high s/steel sheet (splashback) either fitted to the rear of the cooker or the back wall (not applicable in your case) is also required. Lateral distance from the edge of each burner to any combustible material is 8". The only way I'd do it, as gonesail says, is to disable the rear burner, fit a splashback to the rear of the cooker & s/steel sheet (6"high & o.0239 g is probably ok), to the adjacent sides...I'd also have a fire extinguisher handy & get a lic. gasfitter to do the connection...
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Whatever works safely for you is fine
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Check your instructions. They generally provide safe distances.
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I am trying to install my propane stove in the galley. Unless I get a different stove or completely gut the galley and redesign it (I don't want to do either) there is only one place to put the stove. This is a small "cubby" hole under the side-deck. The space between the back burner and the underside of the deck is about 10 inches when the gimbles are as low as I can place them. I plan to install a sheet of stainless steel behind the stove with fireproof insolation behind that. There is an 18 inch space behind the stove.

I've attached a photo (sorry about the orientation). The brown wood is where the underside of the deck is and the pot is on the back burner which is completely under the deck. The two burners in front are not under the deck at all.

My question is, are there rules and regulations regarding the placement of the stove, such as distance between the stovetop and the underside of the deck, or the gauge of stainless, etc.?

Thanks, JH
Depends which country you're in.
What is the mfg. of that stove ? is it a Shipmate ?
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Re: Help with LP gas stove install

I have 14" from burner to overhead(under side of deck) , from top of large pot, which i use alot is 10" full time live aboard and cook alot, no problem, use CEMENT BOARD under the S.S. liner.
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I have the same situation on my boat, the previous owner installed a full stainless steel overhead sheet stood 1/2 inch off the surface it is attached to. No cement board behind it but it is a brilliant idea to use that if you were truly concerned. I keep a fire blanket just to the right of my stove because it is the most useful extinguisher for cooking fires🔥🔥 good luck
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Re: Help with LP gas stove install

Thanks for all the input, it's very informative.

I think the most reasonable solution is to line the back and underside of the deck with SS and insolate with rock-wool, then disable or simply never use the rear burner.

At some point I plan to convert to an induction cooktop, but that is probably a year away.
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