After taking a closer look at our propane locker we found the tank was rusting out and had an older style connector that was looking in shape. The line was cracking and the rubber o-ring was deteriorated. It started with a simple fix that expanded to a replacement of tank, lines and regulator.
We originally were going to just replace the line but eventually decided to replace the tank as well. The new tanks have a different wider attachment. Here’s the original line:
And here’s the replacement:
Notice the brass connector? This is what connects the propane to the rest of our system on our boat, looks like a good fit, right? Nope. Couldn’t be that simple. After going to three stores eventually figured out that it requires a 3/8″ outside flare connector. The other side connecting to our system is standard 1/4″.
Eventually found a replacement part at Home Depot in Peterborough:
Price was cheap, but probably spent 5x that amount in gas just to pick up and bring back to Cobourg. Good news is it worked perfectly! This connected our new line to our existing system which was in surprisingly good shape, compared to what we replaced. It connects to a valve (solenoid?) that requires power, then to a long continuous hose connecting to our stove, a Force 10 propane marine stove.
Lots of safeties in the system. To light the stove we need to:
- Make sure propane/heat/smoke/CO detector is on. I also open the window right above the stove.
- Turn on propane tank valve
- Activate propane switch via with a switch on our electrical panel
- Turn on a lighted switch in the galley, when it’s lit up, gas is available.
- Turn gas knob on stove and hold in.
- Hit the ignite switch to light up the burner
- Continue holding the gas knob in for another 5-10 seconds. If you let go before that, the propane will shut off.
This is our first real marine stove and pretty exciting, it works great! Haven’t tried the oven yet.
And here is the new propane tank, next to our old one. It looks pretty good from the top, but the bottom is rusted out and very sketchy. I’m glad we replaced it!
Now I want to purchase a second tank and get some plasti-dip to coat the bottom of both tanks so they don’t rust when there’s a little bit of water in the propane locker.