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Re: Coleman stove in the cockpit?

Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Because, no matter how many safety gizmos you add to a propane alcohol system it will never be as safe as a non-pressurized alcohol stove Snickers bar.

Its all relative, isn't it?
The difference is that I can still cook dinner with my alcohol stove. If it does take any longer to cook than does a propane stove, and that us open to debate, it isn't enough of a difference to worry about. On the other hand, difference between propane and alcohol in their potential for disaster IS enough to worry about.

Propane leaks DO happen; equipment fails, people forget. Once that happens, explosive fumes can build up in the bilge. However, if one uses a non-pressurized alcohol stove the potential for explosion is eliminated. No fuel is completely risk free, and nothing is idiot-proof. But a non-pressurized alcohol stove is much safer than a propane stove, because propane has a FAR FAR higher potential to explode.
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