Thursday, November 17, 2016

Our boat has gas. . . .

. . . . and it's a good thing.

Okay, so here's the deal:  We're still in the throes of working out the details of our decision to go carless.  So far, so good, but it has made some changes in how we do stuff.  We find we do a lot more shopping locally (within walking distance. . . not that we didn't before) because we are forced to be aware of the cost of transit.  We also have been ordering a lot of stuff on the internet that we would have otherwise driven about shopping for.  One of the more interesting effects has been on our propane/butane usage.  While we do some of our cooking on the woodstove, we also use our little Gas One dual fuel stovetop for a lot of stuff.  The trouble is, fetching propane or butane for the stove is no longer as convenient as it was with the car, entailing, at the very closest, hiking up to Target to get gas bottles and then carrying them back.  Then there's the irritating and very UNecological disposal of the empty, non-refillable, and non-recyclable containers.

Gas One Dual Fuel Stove
So after looking at the prospect of quite a bit of winter hiking to get stove fuel, we decided to hook the little burner (and it's accompanying pressure regulator) up to one of the ubiquitous 20 LB refillable propane cylinders, which, we figured, would only have to be refilled or exchanged every three months or so. 
Passing the stove's propane gasline through the countertop
The installation was surprisingly easy.  We purchased a 5' gas line adapter and extension, the kind used for rigging camp stoves and lanterns to a bigger gas bottle, from Amazon.  We routed the propane adapter line that came with the stove through the countertop (which put the pressure regulator where the 16 OZ propane bottles attach OFF the counter)

Routing the adapter hose through the forward bulkhead.
Not wanting a rather large bottle of explosive gas inside the boat, I plumbed the adapter line through the forward bulkhead so the gas bottle can sit on the foredeck.
Here's where she'll sit.  In coming days I'll build an enclosure and seat to cover.
Once it was all connected and hooked up, we turned on the gas and checked the now pressurized hose connections with soapy water.  Bubbles=Leaks of Explosive Gas.  Do NOT skip this part.  The stove in its new configuration works fine.
The installation had the added plus of freeing up counterspace from the hose and bottle.
For the next couple of days we'll be shutting off the gas at night and when we leave the boat, and checking our fittings for leaks to make sure it's secure, but for right now, it seems to be working just fine.

More details as we use the unit.

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Stay tuned.



  1. Be cautious of winter time cooking with your cylinder exposed to the air outside. Lines will freeze and your gas pressure will be really low. Consider an insulated box with a filament light bulb inside to keep it warm.

    Another reminder: Propane sinks. If you have a leak, it will sink into the lowests places around since propane is heavier than air. If you have sparking electronics down low, raise them off the floor when the propane is on.

  2. All good suggestions, Jarm. For the next month or so, it won't be getting cold enough to affect the gas lines or gas pressure much, but Building a box around the cylinder is in the plans. As for propane leaks, we have no bilge, which is a major source of BOOM in a lot of boats with propane, and the place is . . . well. . . .drafty, so I'm no terribly concerned about pooling gas, but we made a decision to route power feeds away from the gas and cooking area.