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Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Ok... so I am remodeling my galley and have the opportunity to take out the old Origo alcohol stove out and put in my choice of stove cooktop... I'm leaning towards the induction cooktops as they are safe (no heat involved) and easy to clean cooktop... most of my cooking will be done while moored or in the slip... I have a portable propane cooktop if need be during voyages... the induction cooktop can also be used while under way since one is 1500 watts and the other is 1300 watts and you can input any wattage between 200-1500 on either of them... they are very efficient and the cooktop is warm to the touch after the pot is removed so it is very safe in my viewpoint actually safer than alcohol or propane... even the regular electric cooktop is unsafe due to the lingering heat of the elements... would this be safe being that it's a magnetic cooktop and might cause electrical interference to the boat's electronics? Am I being too cautious?

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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Those are of course only good if you have space for two (one not electric), or a generator, or a large inverter and battery bank.

Add those watt rating up - and consider you only have 30 amps at the pier.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Yes... I would be only using one cooktop at a time... I have the Honda 2000 watt generator as well... cooking time with these units is under 10 minutes at most... heating water only takes 3 - 4 minutes... so not much to power them up... sure we have 3300 watts at the pier and that's plenty... we're not running all the electrical items at the same time while at the slip... most of my lights on the boat are LED's... only one not LED is at the mast.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

It would work as long as you don't try to use it while out. Or at least if you did, you would have to have a LOT of solar and wind to compensate. Cooking anything on a stove top will take time to heat, and that time will also be draining battery banks, as Chuckles eluded to. If you're only going to use it at the marina, then you will probably be okay.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

All good points... there are two units, one is 1500 watts and the other is 1300 watts the 1300 watt unit being the smaller one is great for heating liquids, etc... Induction heating is very fast and efficient for heating and warming and can be used almost like a microwave oven to 'warm' foods as opposed to 'cooking' the foods, so it should be excellent when away from the slip... the induction cooktops have variable wattages so they are perfect for conserving electrical needs of the battery... and as mentioned I have the 2000 watt Honda generator for use while away from the slip...
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Sounds like you have a plan. As long as you keep an eye on usage you should be fine. My approach comes from planning for an extended amount of time away from the dock, but yours does not, so sounds like you have a good idea of what you need.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

And you can only use pots/pans that are made for induction heating...
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Alcohol vs electric is its own issue, but electric vs induction is a no brainer.

Induction is faster, safer, and uses less power.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

It is funny, I have three ways of cooking and you didn't list any of them!

I use wood, rarely a microwave, and very rarely white gas.
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Re: Induction vs electric vs alcohol stove?

Interesting,.... back in the 80's I had an old Chesapeake-built 32 ft ketch with a small wood stove,.. and freestanding, at that. Not only prepares meals, but makes for a cozy ambiance in the winter. Those were the days, eh? Aside from that, alcohol stoves have always been adequate for my purposes.
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