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Jack Morrison

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LPG gas usage
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:49:32 PM »

I am a new C34 owner and also using an LPG gas stove for the first time. Can anyone advise me about how long I can expect the 3.7kg gas cylinder to last? I use one burner of the stove about 2-3 hours per month (24 to 36 hours per year) The Cylinder was last filled July 2016 just before I bought the boat.
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Jon W

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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2017, 09:53:46 PM »

Don Casey's rule of thumb is 1 pound of propane per week for 1 person cooking 3 meals a day. If he's right then your 3.7 kg would last you about 8 weeks cooking 3 meals a day. Lots of variables like what is his definition of a meal.
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Ross Fisher

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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 01:12:04 AM »

Jack,
My usage is about the same as yours and I typically get about 18 months out of a gas bottle.
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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 12:44:44 PM »

Jack : I changed to a 10lb. bottle. 
We averaged 100 overnights a year and the bottle lasted for one season(did this many seasons).  In the early spring and fall we baked bread & muffins in the AM to heat-up the cabin.  (two of us)
Usually used only one burner for lunch and supper.

Also usually cooked nightly on a rail mounted propane BBQ

A few thoughts
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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 06:42:42 PM »

Jack,
If you also use a propane grill onboard, consider getting an adaptor for the 1-pound disposable propane bottles in case your larger tank runs out. It's cheap back-up. I keep one on my boat, but haven't needed it yet. I have another one at home where I did need it when my 20-lb tank ran out in the middle of grilling some steaks.  :shock:
I just did a search on Amazon and saw this one for ten bucks:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2BD2XH/ref=asc_df_B01N2BD2XH5142364/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B01N2BD2XH&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167141575819&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10877595796553368203&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007880&hvtargid=pla-375634169197
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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 09:46:05 AM »

Awesome idea! From a guy who find himself anchored out lat Saturday, 30 miles from home, with a cold supper and just enough gas to boil a pot of water.  When the curry and rice, fortunately pre-cooked, went on the fire went out.

Thank goodness for the super hot water on our boats.  We sat the pots in pans of hot water to warm it!
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Jack Morrison

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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 11:08:13 PM »

Thanks for the info.... I'm getting a tank refill now, and am confident with the help of the forum I can monitor the usage going forward and avoid cold dinners!
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Re: LPG gas usage
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 05:18:09 AM »

The easiest way to tell how much gas you have left is to weigh it using a cheap luggage scale.  The weight of the tank is stamped on it, everything else is gas.  When we were cruising, I would weight monthly, fill up when it was getting to about 1/4 full.
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