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I sailed with the Galley Maid acohol stove for 8+ years and had no problems with it. It does burn with an invisible flame, produces far less heat than other types of fuel, and is getting harder to find alcohol at reasonable prices.
So, if it ain't broke, why replace it?
The trick to staring the stove is to put a bit of fuel in the bowl and light it. The fuel will heat the burner. Make sure the tank is pressurized (I think I had it at 5-7psi) then turn on the burners one at a time.
As for the fuel container, mine was fine but I did see one rig where the owner used one of those syrup containers that you find in soda machines. He had it modified so he could attach a hose, but said the wide mouth made it easy to fill, it held a lot more fuel than the original, and being stainless, worked quite well at the low pressure. Hope that helps.
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/C.I./M.I. 500-ton Oceans
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