So I’ve been thinking: wouldn’t it be great to run the Magma Kettle 2 grill off something refillable, rather than those disposable 16-oz. cylinders discussed last time? Not only are they an expensive way to purchase propane, but there’s no recycling program for them. That’s wasteful times two!
Instead, I want something I can refill with bulk propane, like the big 20-pound tanks used for backyard gas grills. Except I don’t want to carry one of those enormous tanks on my little C-Dory. I want something smaller, about one-quarter that size. Lo and behold…
Here are two such tanks. The shorter, fatter one on the left is available at REI, and the taller one on the right, made by Manchester, is available at Fisheries Supply. My mission: find one that fits into the little port-side lazarette on my C-Dory 22. My understanding is that this locker is suitable for propane storage because it vents overboard, not into the cockpit.
Everything was proceeding according to plan, until I got the tanks down to the boat.
The tall one is TOO TALL:
…and the fat one is TOO FAT:
I tell you, this was a big disappointment. I guess I’m back to disposable cylinders. But SHEESH! There MUST be a solution that will work aboard Two Lucky Fish.
Guess what? There is one! More on that tomorrow.