Propane Procedures

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Propane Procedures

Postby don.loewen » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:44 am

Is it safe, while aboard and using the stove on a daily basis, to leave the gas valve at the tank in the open position. The system is protected with the normal safety shutoffs. We always turn the gas off between use, but it is inconvenient to go up to the fybridge evry time. Are we being too careful?
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Postby Keith Morris » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:04 am

We leave the ceiling valve open when we are on the boat for vacation and using the stove every day, but close it when we leave the boat for home, in between cruises. In the fall, when the boat will sit for months, we close off the tank valve for the winter. We have never had any trouble on either GB that we have owned. This works for us, others may have a different opinion.
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Postby Frode » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:36 am

What is beneficial is to have is a solenoid valve, with the switch not directly above the stove (in case of flare-ups). This allows you to turn the gas on and off (quickly) in a very convenient manner.

We use the solenoid valve for daily operation and only close the mechanical valve when leaving the boat.
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Postby Bob Lowe » Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:28 pm

We have had both the manual valve and solenoid valve and have always left the tank valve opened, but shut the manual or solenoid valves off when not in use.
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