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Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

I have a 2 burner Kenyon on my recently purchased boat. Previous owner stated it didn't work very well, flare ups and etc. I haven't even tried to use it yet but its next on my list. Looking for some tips so I can tackle, conquer and mark this one off the list.
By the way I'm nearing the end of my list. Sails professionally repaired, new canvas, engine maintenance done, painting and varnishing done, autohelm installed and about 75% new lines. I'm broke but happy, time to go sailing.

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Re: Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

I had a Kenyon pressure alcohol 3-burner stove/oven on the previous boat. Used it for years with few problems. I'm going from memory, but I recall that the burner nozzles can become clogged (which means they don't work at all, or partially clogged (which means you get erratic burning). I also found the air intake screen around the nozzle can get clogged. Cleaning out the screens made a difference.

If this is a pressure alcohol system (I don't know if Kenyon did non-pressure) then I assume you are aquatinted with the priming process. It's no big deal, although it seems to spook a lot of people. This is where you can get flare ups. Otherwise I never had a problem.

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If you'd like a fully functional spare, let me know.

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I will gladly take it off your hands. I have a Kenyon homestrand
Also there is still a downloadable manual for the stove Kenyon | Parts List & Manuals

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If you like I can put you in touch w/ my father. He was an engineer w/ Kenyon and held some of their patents. He did a lot of investigations of stove fires.
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Re: Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

My Kenyon 2 burner Homstrand pressurized alcohol stove is not so pressurized anymore. does not hold enough pressure and is thus more of a conversation piece than a useful stove.
I'd keep my eye out for a deal on a 2 burner Origo non-pressurized stove; no flare ups.

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That should tell you something.

That said, when they work, they work quite well. I'd be interested in Mr. BubbleheadMd's 2 burner Kenyon if it hasn't already found a new home.
Flare ups are part of life.

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Re: Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

I lived with those for many years on a couple of boats. Rebuilt burners a couple of times and even replaced one burner entirely. I got pretty good at fixing and using them, but it was always an issue. Finally replaced the Kenyon on my previous boat with an Origo and it was the best upgrade I ever did on that boat.

If you can get burner parts, it might be worth spending the time and effort to get it working better, but don't expect miracles. Strongly suggest you plan on getting an Origo in the near future.
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I have purchased parts from ESS-KAY YARDS in NY. They were helpful. I found it very difficult to replace the sintered metal filter in the burner head. In fact I destroyed one of them. That's a 100 bucks. So, maybe try to soak and clean it first. The stove will flare up if you don't operate it correctly. Exciting in a small space. The methanol fuel typically found for the Origo's didn't work for me. It clogs the burners. You need the ethanol based fuel. Or high proof spirits. Or if you're really stuck/desperate certain rubbing alcohols found in drug stores are ethanol based.
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Re: Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

I used a pressure stove for about a year and sort of enjoyed the whole zen of cooking on it. I would never turn my back on it. I would not even leave it long enough to take a leak.

The first time I made coffee on my new origo I was able to go back to bed and read until I heard it perking.

Definitely save up to upgrade to a non pressurized stove.
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Re: Kenyon Alcohol Stove Maintenance

I'm really just looking for some tips on maintenance and cleaning to get it operational again. I know there are better stoves out there. Just want to be able to make a cup of coffee while at an anchorage. A new one is not is the budget at this time. Just spent 2000 on new canvas, 700 on sail repairs. and another g or 2 on other misalliance stuff. A new stove isn't happening this year. I think I'll just pull it apart, clean it with some brake or carb cleaner, fill it up and see what happens. Hopefully I wont need my fire extinguisher.

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