Propane Storage Bag Tip

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By Jerry & Carroll McDaniel, Andromeda #928

Recently we were moored in Hospital Cove at Angel Island. After BBQ'ing dinner with my new BBQ, I unscrewed the propane canister and started to put it in the cockpit locker. In the fading light I noticed a haze around the top of the canister. I held it up to the light and shook the canister but I could still see a haze. I put my finger over the top of the canister and the haze disappeared. In a few seconds I could feel slight pressure on my finger - the canister was leaking. Apparently the canister valve had not reseated after unscrewing from the BBQ. If I had put the canister in the locker the fumes might have leaked below and filled the bilges. Now I store the canisters topside in a net bag.