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Gas for my stove on board | Gianluigi Conti (Ben) IZ4BZC

Gas for my stove on board

rosagaslockerOne of the most popular and practical fuels, for kitchens on board of our cruise boats in the Mediterranean, is the LPG. This mixture of relatively light hydrocarbons, composed of a majority of propane and minor amounts of butane, has the advantage that it can be stored in the liquid state in cylinders at relatively low pressures and being able to stow in this way large quantities of relatively clean energy in a short space.
Therefore, many of us are used to small size cylinders on their boat of the type normally distributed for camping.
Unfortunately, these cylinders usually made of steel, rust easily and very quickly in the marine environment, causing the shedding of hateful rust difficult to remove in the peaks and in the spaces in which they are stored. Also evaluating, before leaving for a cruise, the remaining stocks of gas, is not that easy and involves weighing the cylinder knowing its net weight.
The troubles do not end there, because when you get, sometimes in remote locations and in situations not always convenient, to replace your empty cylinder with a full one, you often meet a refusal to swap it due to the poor condition of the cylinder and its rusty appearance which, in serious cases, can even compromise the safety of the pressure vessel.
The solution, has been already on the market for some time, it is to buy a bottle made of fiberglass, yes, the same material that makes up the majority of leasure boats.
Abroad, for example in Croatia and Spain, this type of cylinder has entered also civil and domestic use since then, for this reason it may be found in the formats typically used at homes. Obviously, these cylinders are filled only in authorized bottling plants that you can find through the yellow pages.
In addition to being free from rust these cylinders are lighter than the steel ones (similarly to what happens for boats), but another major advantage is to be able to see physically the level of the gas inside it due to the transparency of the resin, so that we can then easily decide when it’s time to refill before you run out of gas, since it usually happens right in the middle of that famous meal with which we want to delight our guests on board.
If you are demanding the reasons for the lack of dissemination of this type of cylinders in the Italian market, be aware that this is due to the large size of the existing population of steel cylinders and the fact that nobody wants to take the first step in phasing out these cylinders .
What you see in the image below is just one example of the bottle that I installed in my boat, perhaps the most famous, but there are many other models from different manufacturers.
There are also cylinders of this type made with aluminum but they don’t have the undeniable advantage of being able to see the level of the gas inside by their transparency.
Fair winds and good cooking to all.

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