- supports two 10 lb propane tanks, steel or aluminum.
- two stage regulator (provides for more consistent gas pressure at the stove)
- auto-changeover switch in the regulator. When one tank goes empty, it automatically switches over to the second via a pressure activated mechanical switch.
- 24 VDC solenoid valve
- 3/8 inch primary feed hose to the (future) galley stove
- second output hose (1/4 inch) for (future) pulpit mounted BBQ, with its own shutoff valve.
- tank locker built from fiberglass tubing, coosa board, glass and epoxy (similar to the dive tank locker construction)
- space between the tubes is walled in and sealed to serve as the regulator box. All hoses/wiring go into this center box. All thru-wall ports are vapor tight.
- With the dive tank locker experience, I changed the design to simplify the construction a bit and made fewer mistakes this time.
- the side deck location is too narrow for a standard 20 lb tank, so it was split into two 10 lb tanks. A reasonable compromise I think. 10lb tanks, while less common than 20lb tanks, are easily found. There was just enough room to use fiberglass tubing big enough for the larger diameter aluminum tank
- regulator assembly is mounted on UHMW slides and is designed for easy removal when the regulator needs replacing (and it WILL need replacing at some time)
- tank assembly is thru bolted to the underside of the deck and glued/sealed with structural adhesive (Plexus)
- waterways for drainage were routed into the base of the tube assembly reducing the number of external hose fittings.
- feed hose and solenoid wiring runs to the galley through a dedicated conduit, 1.25" PVC thinwall pipe, that is installed up inside the starboard bulwark, with sweeping 90 degree elbow joints for drops at the tank and stove. Despite a run of nearly 25 feet, it is easy to snake the hose/wire through the conduit without a messenger line. Any future replacement of the hose should be relatively easy.
- Meets ABYC construction standards (section A) for propane systems (according to my interpretation at least).
- Construct the locker lid (just temporary plywood one for now). That will be done with the deck refinishing.
- Solenoid control panel. We will probably go for one of the switch/sniffer/alarm systems. That will be done when the galley stove goes in.