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I am debating between several options in terms of cookers for my contest 30 mk1. It must be gimbaled because i am planning to cruise extensively and in conditions that may sometimes be too rouge for me to really be able to cook on a non gimbaled stove. i have a coleman camping stove one of the dual fuel ones, and i have a forespar mini galley. i like that the mini galley has a fully gimbaled potholder i.e it is gimbaled in all directions as opposed to most stoves which only compensate for the yawing of a boat. My question is, the forespar mini galley uses litle propane tanks and i really don't like propane, could i take the burner part of of it and attach it to my Coleman camping stove which i believe can be made to burn kerosene, or simple gasoline, or should i buy an alcohol stove, and build a gimbaled mount for it, i have seen this done on an ericson 27. Another alternative i suppose would be if i could convert the mini galley to burn something other than propane. I just dont like the idea of propane on my boat.
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Re: Stove options

If you're scared of propane (but you're willing to convert to GASOLINE??????) then I'd recommend the Origo style wick alcohol type stoves.. they are available in gimballed versions.However propane is a pretty manageable and compact fuel if used appropriately.

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btw most stoves gimbal to accommodate the heeling angle, not the 'yawing' of a boat.
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Re: Stove options

I suppose gasoline isn't a good option but i have read that those stoves can be converted to burn kerosene which i have read is the least volatile fuel. If i were to stay with propane it would require me to build a draining fuel locker however and that is a lot of money and work i could save by converting to alcohol. I will check out the origo wick style they look like a good compromise. I had a butane stove once as well but i was similarly concerned about blowing my boat up and threw it out.
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Re: Stove options

Does anyone have any opinions on Contoure CookMate vs. Origo alcohol stove?

Portable Stoves - Contoure Int, Inc.

They look like about the same product, except that the Contoure is about 2/3 the price.
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I am debating between several options in terms of cookers for my contest 30 mk1.
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You have to do your homework on how the different stove fuels work and how efficient they are, then decide which one to have. I donít remember seeing a stove that burns gasoline or anyone insane enough to want it.
Alcohol is ok for weekends but it does not have the BTUs for everyday cooking and is only available in the US and Canada. You can use other fuels on the stove but you take the chance. Kerosene in my opinion is the best, having used it daily for many years with no problems whatsoever, no soot, no flare ups no dirty pots, no smell. It does not have the same BTUs as propane, and you need to prime, but you donít need the extra monitoring necessary for a gas stove. The insurance companies like it too. However, the market dictated that propane is more convenient, because you just light it and cook, so the special kerosene burners are no longer available, at least I cannot find a source for the burners and parts anymore.
Gas has its drawbacks, but as stated above, if you take all the precautions, you should be fine.
Choose a stove that is easy to find parts and a fuel that does the job, this will be your home and you need to use the stove 3, 4 times everyday Ė so avoid having to start all over again when you get tired of eating cold or uncooked food.
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Re: Stove options

Had a guy once tell me he used kerosene in his Coleman camping stove all the time? Never tried it, can it be done, or was he just F*$#ing with me?
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Re: Stove options

Coleman dual-fuels I've seen are either Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline. Never have seen a kero unit.
If that's what you've mentioned or actually seen; please fwd a link, as I'm currently seeking an alternative to propane.
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Re: Stove options

No one has mentioned using LNG. Lighter than air and won't settle in the bilge. I have been using for over 30 years with no issues.

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Had to check...Tank says compressed Methane
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No one has mentioned using LNG. Lighter than air and won't settle in the bilge. I have been using for over 30 years with no issues.
You mean CNG?? Compressed... rather than Liquified...
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Re: Stove options

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Does anyone have any opinions on Contoure CookMate vs. Origo alcohol stove?

Portable Stoves - Contoure Int, Inc.

They look like about the same product, except that the Contoure is about 2/3 the price.
The Cookmate is a less expensive copy of the Origo. We sell both brands in Victoria.
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