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 is one of the BoatUS Magazine's panel of experts. 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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