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post #45 of Old 05-31-2013
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Re: Cal 31 Water Tanks and more

The original stove was probably a Princess two or three burner by Seward with an oven/broiler. It was either propane or CNG. Mine is the three burner CNG. Your previous owner was not alone, many Cal31 owners have removed the stove and use a camping stove and/or microwave. This is because it is most often used as a weekend boat and not a cruiser. CNG has the advantage of not needing special storage and electric hookups for a solenoid. It is inherently safer because CNG rises instead of settling in the bilge. The disadvantage is availability and cost of fuel and a less hot flame than propane. You might well find a used stove for a reasonable price but you need to know which fuel it was made for as they are not interchangeable. If you don't have the propane tanks and storage locker (drained over the side) as well as the safety solenoid and associated wiring this is going to add a considerable amount to your cost. If you plan on extended cruising and/or doing a lot of cooking propane is the way to go. You might want to consider a higher quality stove as well like the Force 10. Check out your options at a site like Marine Stoves, Cooktops, Ovens and Ranges.
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