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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.
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We have the Origo combo no-pressure alcohol and 110v electric. Works great - at home cooking in the slip and decent cooking offshore. We also have a SeaSwing propane unit tht we use in the worst of all conditions.
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i love my 2 burner stove, non pressurized. but i do have a cheap propane bottle feed stove that sits ontop of the alky stove, it has no bottom and almost locks in place for back up.
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I noticed a funny smell when pumping up my alcohol stove the other day and found a steady stream of alcohol coming from the bottom of one of the burners.

It sounds like the non-pressurized system is safer and better. I think I will order one of these Origo stoves and trash my old Princess model! Thanks for all the info.
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