Propane Consumption

By Don Casey

Revised by BoatUS editors in April 2012

Wondering what size propane tank(s) you need? A good rule of thumb is that cooking three meals a day consumes about 1 pound of propane per person per week. So a full 10-pound tank should last a crew of two at least 5 weeks.

Don Casey has been one of the most consulted experts on boat care and upgrades for 30 years, and a panelist on our "Ask The Experts" website for a decade. He and his wife cruise aboard their 30-footer part of the year in the eastern Caribbean. His books include Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual, and the recently updated This Old Boat, the bible for do-it-yourself boaters.

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