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Old 23-06-2017, 17:51   #1
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Propane usage

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I have a question maybe some realtime experience can answer.

If you were to cook three meals a day say 20 min. each how much propane would you need in a month?
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I am just back from a winter in the sun. 20 pound tank on the boat. It was full when we left Halifax in October. I filled it in Antigua in February and topped it up again in BVI before heading home. Just my experience. Others will disagree.
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Re: Propane usage

Grant thank you 9 months. Roughly 60lbs?
Would you say that you did three meals a day on it or less?
Reason I am asking is I am planning a nonstop 200 day cruise.

looking forward to others responses also.
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Re: Propane usage

We liveaboard, cook a lot, also bbq. 10 lb tank lasts about 2 to 2 1/2 months.
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Re: Propane usage

Seems we go through a 10 lb tank in a month or so
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Re: Propane usage

Propane usage is about the only thing I really keep track of. My greatest fear is no hot food! For the past 14 years an 11 lb. tank lasts us 22-26 days. We seem to use more than many others but that's what it is.
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I would say a couple of months from an 11lb tank. The evening meal is the only one that uses much propane.
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Re: Propane usage

When I was living on board, a 9kg (20 lbs) tank lasted me 3-5 months, no oven use though, but at least one hot meal a day, often using pressure cooker or one pot-meals.
Here is another recent thread that gives some more information:
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ru-180333.html

Propane use also depends on for how many people you cook for. Do you use propane for anything else, ie heating, or waterheating?
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I have a 22# main tank. We (two of is, with occasional guests) almost never go ashore, so cook all the time onboard. This includes oven use (roasting, baking bread, melts…). We’re out for two to three months at a time. I don’t have a gauge, and am not detailed enough to keep exact track of the amounts, but I have never run out of propane on the main tank.
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Re: Propane usage

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When I was living on board, a 9kg (20 lbs) tank lasted me 3-5 months, no oven use though, but at least one hot meal a day, often using pressure cooker or one pot-meals.
Here is another recent thread that gives some more information:
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ru-180333.html

Propane use also depends on for how many people you cook for. Do you use propane for anything else, ie heating, or waterheating?
Thanks for the link I will read it also.
The usage would be for one person solo. Use propane for cooking only on a Force 10 2 burner Propane Stove with oven oven would be used maybe once every 10 days for bread or biscuits.

Thank you Mike.
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We cooked one meal per day on the BBQ and/or stove, plus toast in the am, and hot water heater for dish washing and showers for two every day. A 10 lb tank lasted two months.
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Thanks for the link I will read it also.
The usage would be for one person solo. Use propane for cooking only on a Force 10 2 burner Propane Stove with oven oven would be used maybe once every 10 days for bread or biscuits.

Thank you Mike.
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I can add, we have a Force 10, 2-burner stove with oven. So probably similar to yours. I find it pretty darn efficient. Typical usage for us includes boiling water for coffee in morning, and making toast over the burner (four pieces). Lunch is usually cold, but occasional soup or pasta. Dinners are usually some sort of pan or pot meal. We also heat water on the stove for dishes, likely two or three times a week. Then there’s oven use; bread making … probably once every 10 days or so (I make three loafs at a time). I like cheese melts, so kinda common. We roast a chicken or fish every week or so.

Propane seems to last a long time with this stove/oven. If yours is like ours, you’ll have no problem carrying enough.
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A 9 kg bottle lasts us 10-12 weeks. Cooking and hot water for daily showers and washing up.
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Re: Propane usage

John McEnroe how many meals a day is that for you?

Thats going take up some room for sure Boat is getting smaller....

I may have to go on diet or learn to eat sushi..

thank you all this is a great help.

So far looks like 60 - 80 lbs how does that sound?
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Re: Propane usage

Slow down, Cookie, that's 44' cruising cat, only his quote's from Mc Enroe, an explosive tennis player of days gone by...... This kilo tanks vs. US tankage issue can make me batty! It's roughly 19.8 lbs. We get roughly 3 months on a 9 kilo tank, usually. Less if I'm baking bread a lot. Two people, but the cooking's not too different than if one were singlehanding....or took on a crew. We do not have cooked breakfasts or lunches most of the times. Breakfasts are most often toast and fruit and yoghurt. Lunches, sandwiches, except when they are soup, which we usually augment with extra meat and veg, esp. onions.

So this is basically one big meal, the evening one, which, if I were singlehanding, i would probably have mid-day, but Jim would probably keep to the evening.

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