Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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Safer Yes, Totaly Safe NO
I have an old Origio 3000 on my boat and while I agree that alcohol is safer that propane/butane/etc it is still a stove and as the old saying goes, "Where there is smoke there is fire" Any stove can be a potential danger spot. THE advantage to alcohol is that it can be extinguished with water AND it evaporates! So, when the flame get a bit out of control you can douse with a bucket of water and it's gone... and if the fuel is spilled it flows into the bilge and will eventually evaporate. Propane, etc, is also heavier than air and also goes into the bilge and stays there until it is burned off (BOOM!).
Also, lets not forget the potential for burns (both direct fro flame and also from boiling liquids) with any stove.
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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