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Re: Cal 2-29 stove/oven
Depending upon where you are located, as to the availability of gas, either CNG or Propane are good alternatives. Our prior yacht, a 1976 Cal 2-29 came fitted with a Princess 3-burner CNG Stove with Oven that was the bee's knees. It was good for cooking and, the oven, with a baking stone on the bottom and the door left ajar, for heating the yacht at times. The gas cylinder, about the same size and weight as a common scuba tank which one could exchange for $12 (USD) at the time, was situated horizontally in the starboard lazarett locker, under the side deck and seemed to last forever (about 40-50 hours of "burner" time). In California, obtaining replacement cylinders was no problem although it became difficult once we got to Southwest Florida.
Friends of ours with the same boat were fitted with Propane, rather than CNG, and had a properly vented custom made propane locker situated in the cockpit, against the transom, aft of the helm. The cover was held in place with a couple of fast-pins and was padded, making a small but serviceable helmsman's seat. The locker did not extend all of the way to the cockpit sole so the drain and sump at the aft of the cockpit were not obstructed. The feed line, again, ran through the starboard lazarett. With Propane, one does need a solenoid valve control coupled with "gas sniffers" in both one's bilge and under the stove, but the cost is relatively modest in proportion to the merit of the systems.
Having previously endured both alcohol and kerosene stove fuels on prior yachts, CNG/Propane are hugely cleaner and more convenient as long as one keeps track of one's consumption.
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