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Monday, May 10, 2010

Propane and Propane Accessories

Our boat uses propane for the refrigerator, hot water heater, and stove. It has 2 tanks in a locker (pictured), with only one at a time actually hooked up to the system. We plan on using the refrigerator in ice box mode, unless we are in a marina and have electric hook ups (the frig can run on propane or electricity), and we don't plan on using the hot water heater very often. This implies that the 2 tanks of propane will be used mainly for cooking.

Based on our estimates, if used solely for cooking, the 2 tanks will give us about 4 months of usage. This means that every 3 to 4 months, we will have to get our tanks refilled. Therein lies a challenge to overcome. There is no propane tank fitting that is universal. That is, there is no tank fitting that works everywhere around the globe.

We don't have a solution to the problem yet, but others are sailing around the world just fine and they are getting their propane tanks filled somehow. I'm wondering if there is some kind of adapter pack I could buy, like I have for when I'm traveling around the world and need electrical power.

This challenge is a gas!

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